David Thomas and two pale boys
Produced by David Thomas.
Cooking Vinyl COOK CD105 (US & UK) Jan 2006 cd (re-mastered).
Available from Ubutique for $10
"What [they] purvey is a gloriously garrulous, diffidently divine, pumping, wheezy, melodeon-driven, contemporised avant-folk. ... 'Erewhon' is a marvel, taking [David Thomas'] mighty, mutant melodica to sublime new levels of erudite sonic dynamism. Wild, screechy, twisted and inspired, it is like everything and nothing you've ever heard."
"'Erewhon' is red-blooded, haunted and literally fantastic. Keith Moliné's often vicious guitar, and trumpets from Andy Diagram..., meshes with Thomas's wheezy melodeon. It's raw, spontaneous and direct in a tangential sort of way."
This is the radical debut of David Thomas and two pale boys, a band dedicated to creating songs out of nothing - not rambling improv but atmospheric, nuanced, structured songs that never existed before.
Links and Background:
Bio • Lyrics • Band photos and Artwork
Erewhon is an album about places that don't exist.
It's the first album by David Thomas and two pale boys and the seventh "solo" album by David Thomas, founder of the legendary Pere Ubu, a group that's exerted a huge influence on the way countless bands have approached music over the last twenty-three years.
The two pale boys, Andy Diagram & Keith Moliné, are the latest in a series of daring musical groupings fronted by Mr Thomas since 1980. These groups have featured, in various combinations, Richard Thompson, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Daved Hild, Ralph Carney, Ira Kaplan, Garo Yellin, George Cartwright, John Kirkpatrick and Alan Dunne, as well as members of Pere Ubu.
Produced by David Thomas.
Obsession, Planet of Fools & Highway 61 Revisited are written by Thomas-Moliné and published by Bug Music. Nowheresville, Weird Cornfields, Lantern & Morbid Sky are written by Thomas-Moliné-Diagram and published by Bug Music. Kathleen & Fire are written by Pere Ubu and published by Ubu Projex, administered by Bug Music.
The ROM content is essentially the same for Mac or Windows. It was designed on a Mac.
See Flaws for problems.
Erewhon is an Enhanced CD. It plays like a music cd in any audio compact disk player. It will also function as a ROM disk in a suitable Apple or wintel computer. (For detailed information see the Avant Garage Tech Support Page.)
The ROM interface is based on a postcard of the Blue Hole of Castalia. The Blue Hole, located in the Firelands of Ohio, is a bottomless spring fed by an underground river. The Blue Hole is a tear in the fabric of the world, a secret scene. It had to close recently because the owners couldn't afford to make the site accessible to wheel chairs.
The rom content is programmed by David Thomas and Simon Lucas. Mr Lucas is a longtime Ubu fan and a lecturer at a university near Mr Thomas' home in London. Many artists release multimedia titles but fewer than a handful actually program the code themselves. This is the third Enhanced CD Mr Thomas has programmed in the last year.
The packaging is a digipak designed by John Thompson, the designer/promoter who's designed nearly every Pere Ubu release for the last 21 years.
Why we choose the digipak:
This is an album about places that don't exist and the people who live there. The interface is designed around a postcard of the Blue Hole of Castalia, a mysterious site closed to the public some years ago because the owners couldn't afford to make it wheelchair-accessible.
From the postcard you can choose: