Wednesday, August 17, 2005

New Devo Record?

Here's some Devo news from

The past five years have seen an exponentially growing interest in Devo. The group, which formed in Akron, Ohio, in 1972, has ratched up its performance schedule increase from one live show in 2001 to 17 in 2005. Three new DVDs have been issued in the last 18 months, and the group's music is appearing with increasing frequency in commercials and movies such as "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and "Raising Helen."

What's more, Devo's skewed musical sensibilities have taken root in breakthrough acts like the Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Interpol. Buoyed by this awareness, founding bassist Jerry Casale feels that for the first time in 15 years, the time is right for a new Devo album to be written and recorded, even going as far as to mention Alan Moulder (U2, Nine Inch Nails) as a possible candidate to produce the material.

"Devo has a unique sound and has written about unique topics," Casale told backstage after the group's sold-out Aug. 6 show in Los Angeles. "But we feel like right now, it is now or never for us." The group's last new studio set was 1990's "Smooth Noodle Maps," which failed to dent The Billboard 200.

...One sticking point is the willing participation of Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh, the driving force, with Casale, behind the group's material. Since the mid '90s, Mothersbaugh has become an in-demand soundtrack producer and is busy with myriad other projects, meaning he'd have to go out of his way to clear his schedule for a Devo album.
As you could probably guess, I'm all for their making a new album, with or without Mothersbaugh. It would maybe be more Advanced without him (or would that be De-vanced?), but I would prefer it if the sum-bitch could clear a month somewhere to record with his old pals.

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