Non-Fiction

Pere Ubu: Architecture of Language 1979-1982

PERE UBU FIRELP406 Pere Ubu - Elitism For The People BOX LID
ARCHITECTURE OF LANGUAGE 1979-1982
(Fire)
4LP retrospective from arch art punks.
9/10

Architecture of Language is the second in a series of retrospective releases from the great Pere Ubu. This collection pulls together New Picnic Time (1979), The Art Of Walking (1980), Song Of The Bailing Man (1982) and a bonus disc. The records serve as a reminder of how important Pere Ubu are. This is rock deconstructed and built anew from the ashes. A theatrical art project where chaotic dissonance and utter beauty exist within the same music. At times it feels like you’re listening to a séance with David Thomas’ voice sounding like a conduit for the spirits. It’s noir nouvelle garage music. It’s spiritual Soul. It’s freaky Funk. It’s art Punk. It’s belligerent Blues. It’s a painful beauty that delivers more on each playing. If only there were more bands like Pere Ubu.

This article first appeared in Louder Than War magazine, issue 3 March/April 2016 

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