Pere Ubu

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About Pere Ubu

Influential art rockers Pere Ubu emerged in 1975 from the ashes of Cleveland proto-punk legends Rocket from the Tombs. Their industrial-strength sound on early masterpiece Dub Housing was characterized by unruly garage riffs, dissonantly haunting synthesizer gurgles, and, most enduringly, singer/lyricist David Thomas’ seemingly extemporaneous absurdist yelps. After disbanding (for the second time) in 1982, Ubu re-emerged in 1988 with The Tenement Year, which craftily balanced hard-rocking art moves with a smart pop sensibility. Over the band’s next dozen or so albums, Thomas (the sole original member since 2002) divided his attention between pop records exploring the emotional state of the union, as on Pennsylvania and 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, and more overtly conceptual projects (Long Live Père Ubu!, an adaptation of their namesake symbolist play) and inventive new scores to noir-esque films (Lady from Shanghai, Carnival of Souls). In 2019, Pere Ubu released The Long Goodbye, a loose, hard-boiled take on the Raymond Chandler classic.

Cleveland, OH, United States
August 1975
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