Pere Ubu ‘Coed Jail!’ Spring 2016
Pere Ubu ‘Elitism For The People 1975-1978’ sampler:
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’ on Fire Records 18th March 2016.
Pere Ubu ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’ sampler:
Pere Ubu ‘Coed Jail!’ Live Dates
23 Mar: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK http://bit.ly/1RGCLb6
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK http://bit.ly/1XYBNKN
25 Mar: Bla, Oslo, Norway http://bit.ly/1Jc99Q7
26 Mar: Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany
27 Mar: Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany http://bit.ly/1ZvyfeB
28 Mar: Beatpol, Dresden, Germany http://bit.ly/1ntekkN
30 Mar: Mame Club, Padova, Italy http://bit.ly/1hp5hbq
31 Mar: Monk Club, Rome, Italy http://bit.ly/1Km4wxO
01 Apr: Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy http://bit.ly/1hp5hbq
05 Apr: Le Poste a Galene, Marseille, France
06 Apr: Salle Jean Carmet, Le Mans, France
08 Apr: de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands http://bit.ly/1n6qmzP
09 Apr: More Music, Brugge, Belgium http://bit.ly/1lRUGxz
For live ticket links and updates go to: http://www.ubuprojex.com/coedjail.html
Pre-order ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’: https://pereubumusic.bandcamp.com/album/architecture-of-language-1979-1982