Tapes transcribed by Paul Hamann at Suma.
Artwork by David Thomas.
Photo by Mik Mellen.
Following on from their improvised sets on their Visions of the Moon Tour, 2014, the Pere Ubu Moon Unit was born as solution to the often irritating conversations regarding Support Bands. David Thomas says "if we're going to have to endure crappy support bands then we'll do it ourselves. The Moon Unit plays a 30 minute show of songs made up from nothing."
'Nothing' never materialised. Instead, there were half hour continuous performances that opened unique new pathways in the Pere Ubu sound. Songs were formed, the musicians pushed their own and each other's boundaries, Thomas was Ringmaster, with sleight of hand and voice. Whilst unmistakably the 'sound' of Pere Ubu, these sessions were raw and fascinating and it was only through chance that a recording was captured.
This album was recorded at the Brudenell in Leeds, during the November 2014 tour of the UK. This intelligent and theatrical recording exudes the unrelenting energy that was witnessed by the audience during these 'support' sessions. It is an extraordinary and just addition to the Pere Ubu story. At the end, Thomas concludes with a suggestion to the observers, "If you were cool like Jimi Hendrix, or something, or Brian May... you'd turn that into a national anthem."