Pere Ubu reissue two classic albums, presenting two sides of their coin; two variations on pop music, one dark, one darker…
From the turn of the millennium, ‘Pennsylvania’ and ‘St Arkansas’ are newly remixed by David Thomas in 2021 and reissued on Fire Records.
From the turn of the millennium, ‘Pennsylvania’ was the eleventh studio album from this uncompromising and influential group, presenting their dark take on pop music.
“Everyone talked about our artiness and our unlikeableness, people completely ignored for decades me saying, ‘We’re a pop band’.” David Thomas
With ‘Pennsylvania,’ Pere Ubu welcome you to a barely recognisable secret country drawn out of its own spectral geography… This is much more than just music.
Pere Ubu’s darkest and most dramatic statement, ‘St Arkansas’ remains a work of offhand brilliance by a band who often seem capable of miracles.
Following ‘Pennsylvania’, ‘St Arkansas’ (2002) was Pere Ubu’s next studio album featuring a travelogue of characters encountered on the Mighty Road from Conway Arkansas to Tupelo Mississippi, I-40 to US 49 to State 6.
“I drove the route and wrote down what the Road was telling me.” David Thomas
Pere Ubu are the mainstream.