It’s your very last chance to catch this last run of Pere Ubu European show dates, and with that news comes a new instalment in the series of Fire Tapes’ David Thomas videos. Grab your tickets whilst you still can!
Coed Jail! Dates:
05 Apr: Le Poste à Galène, Marseille, France
06 Apr: Salle Jean Carmet, Le Mans, France
07 Apr: Le Point Ephémère, Paris, France
08 Apr: de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
09 Apr: More Music, Brugge, Belgium
Pere Ubu launch ‘Coed Jail!,’ a tour drawing on the music from the two recent box set releases, ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’ and ‘Elitism For The People 1975-1978’ (Fire Records).
Guitarist Tom Herman plays in the band for the third time since 1975. The rest of the line-up is David Thomas, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman. Wheeler and Temple have been in Pere Ubu since 1994, Mehlman since 1995.
This isn’t a reunion. It isn’t a greatest hits tour.
“We don’t promote chaos, we preserve it,” Thomas explained. “Now more than ever – just like Nixon said – you need the sort of utterly gratuitous mess that only men of conviction can provide.”
Early in 1977, after refining the doctrine of Datapanik, Thomas came downstairs in the house he shared with junk conceptualist / designer Johnny Dromette. There, in the living room, in the midst of a life-size reproduction of a Hollywood TV game show set that he’d constructed overnight, Johnny, exhausted, pronounced in portentous tones, “Coed Jail!”
Herman, Ubu guitarist from 1975 to 1979 and 1995 to 2002, chose the songs for the tour, four from each of the first five albums and the collection of early singles. He coined the Ubu Rule that became known as the Herman Doctrine, “The best guitar part is the one that requires you to move your fingers the least.”
The tour coincides with the release of the second Pere Ubu box set ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’ out now on Fire Records.
View the new video ‘The Nature Of The Rock Narrative ‘ here
Listen to the new box set sampler ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’ here
Pere Ubu Video Series
‘Datapanik In The Year 2016’ https://youtu.be/jsL7ZN2n2hM
‘The First Pere Ubu Single’ https://youtu.be/xTZLs1UhV4w
‘You’re Going To Be Huge Stars’ https://youtu.be/IKOA8Ddjk0I
‘I Am The Conscience Of The Music Industry’ https://youtu.be/Gugy7jzr94E
Box Set Order Links
Fire Records: http://www.firerecords.com/wp/product/pere-ubu-architecture-of-language-1979-1982-vinyl-box-set/