Thursday, February 02, 2006

Love for Casale: Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers


With pioneering synth-rock act Devo unlikely to pursue a new studio album and/or extensive touring in the near future, principal member Gerald V. Casale is progressing with his solo project, Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers.

The group's debut album, "What's in a Name," is due for release in March via Cordless Records, a division of Warner Bros. Three songs -- "Beehive," "The Owl" and "Army Girls Gone Wild" -- are already available for download via digital music services. Casale also recently completed a video for the latter cut.

"Obviously, you'll hear some Devo in it, but it's not trying to sound like Devo, other than that I brought half of Devo to the table," Casale tells "You'll probably hear some familiar themes and some familiar types of progressions."

Casale says he went "for something more basic and raw" than would normally be found on a Devo record. Session drummer Josh Freese plays on every track, while Casale contributes bass, harmonica, tambourines and shakers. "There are very few synthesizer touches," he says, adding that the Evildoers are actually two female backup singers.
I don't have to tell you that the name of the project is quite Advanced, as is the lineup.