Carnival of Souls
Produced by David Thomas.
Released September 8/9 2014
FIRELP358, vinyl lp
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Carnival of Souls Links
• Gonzo Circus Interview
• French translations of the lyrics
) • Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls - 100 page paperback
Carnival of Souls Videos:
Golden Surf II
• Big Ed's Used Records
• Road to Utah
• Pere Ubu Fixes Things
• Self Expression is Evil
Carnival of Souls Release Notes
'Carnival of Souls' is the second release of the new album cycle begun with 2013's Lady From Shanghai
. A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival of Souls
, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013.
In November 2013, a 'shock troops' version of the band toured in France, Italy, Croatia, the UK and Ireland playing the songs as works-in-progress. The tour was called 'Visions Of The Moon.'
The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long and would not fit on the vinyl without serious fidelity compromises. (LP sides much over eighteen to twenty minutes in length are not possible without consequences.) Keith Molinè came up with five minute-long pieces he conceived as links between songs. These were added to the vinyl running order. Keith describes the method he used for the 'Interludes':
"The 'Strychnine Interludes' are based on a single, time-stretched note of the guitar riff played at the head of 'Road To Utah.' Melodies from 'Drag The River,' 'Visions Of The Moon,' and 'Bus Station' appear out of shortwave interference as radio call signs. The unidentified radio voices are David Thomas reading 'Last Of The Mohicans.' 'Strychnine 5' has Morse code spelling out 'Merdre Merdre.'"
The vinyl LP package contains a card with a free download code for acquiring the 'Brother Ray' track. Those who buy the cd directly from Fire
will get a free download code for all tracks, including the 'Strychnine Interludes.'
An 'Irene'/'Moonstruck' download single was released June 30 2014. The b-side is a Molinè / Gagarin non-album remix of the song 'Drag The River.'
The 'Golden Surf II'/'Throb Array' download single, released August 8 2014, featured a b-side that was a Molinè / Gagarin non-album remix of the song 'Brother Ray.'
is the newest member of the group. A clarinetist, he is an enthusiastic advocate of Dixieland. David met him as he played in an otherwise ordinary jazz group appearing at David's local in Hove.
Carnival Of Souls Production Notes
Produced by David Thomas.
Engineered by Paul Hamann at Suma, Painesville OH.
mixed 'Golden Surf II' and 'Bus Station.'
'Brother Ray' was recorded at Močvara, Zagreb, engineered by Jasmin Dasovic. Portions of 'Golden Surf II' and 'Dr Faustus' were recorded by Nadan Rojnić at The Village, Dublin. Vinyl cut by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek in London, on a Neumann VMS80 lathe.
Artwork by Alexandre Horn.
Typography and package design by John Thompson.
All songs written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Molinè - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, except 'Brother Ray,' which was written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Molinè; - Thomas, the 'Strychnine Interludes' which were written by Molinè, 'Golden Surf II' which as written by Dowdall - Mehlman - Molinè- Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, and 'Visions Of The Moon' which was written by Boon - Mehlman - Molinè - Temple - Thomas. All songs ©2014 Ubu Projex, published under license by Fire Songs.
Pere Ubu is:
David Thomas - vocals, XioSynth
Keith Molinè - guitar
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101, Theremin, iPad
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass guitar
Steve Mehlman - drums, percussion, Roland Drum Pad, backing vocals
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'Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls' by David Thomas
'Cogs' is the 100 page liner note publication accompanying the release of Pere Ubu's 'Carnival of Souls.' David Thomas takes the reader behind the scenes of the album's conception, with insights into the unique internal workings of this extraordinary band.
"Pere Ubu is a machine," David Thomas says. "The cogs are aligned so that the engine emphasizes rather than homogenizes the unique contributions of each individual. Frayed nerves, ill-tempered turbulence and unpredictability, provocation and Mayhem, are wired into the apparatus."
"David likes to throw the Curve Ball of Discomfort!," Gagarin notes.
Keith Molinè's diary, quoted in 'Cogs,' reveals his uncensored thoughts on the tour, the US visa episode and the album's incarnation.
With commentary from all of the Pere Ubu musicians, as well as soundman Nadan Rojnić, lyrics and, of course, a stream of footnotes, this is more than an accessory to the music. This is about what can be done when you ignore what may or may not be impossible and just get on with it.
"Hey, batter batter! Swing!"
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