Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

20 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: PERE UBU.

David Thomas, the mastermind of Cleveland’s indie mavericks
Pere Ubu start shaking back in 1975 and is still going strong
(I saw him playing with his band in Belgium, 3 years ago.
You can read my review here).

Hands up for Pere Ubu…

Bio – Discography

For The Diehard Fans – PERE UBU Live In Cleveland 1977

5 March 2021

Artist: PERE UBU
Who: Alt-rock legend David Thomas
Active: 1975–1982, 1987–present

Album: Jun 1977 – PERE UBU In The Shadow Of The Aeronautical Shot Peening Co.
Released: 26 February 2021

Info: Recorded by David Thomas on a cassette at the Pirate’s Cove,
Old River Road in Cleveland, Ohio
, on June 2 1977. Some tracks previously
released as ‘Pirate’s Cove 6/2/77.’

Songs: Heaven, Real World, Nonalignment Pact, Street Waves (incomplete),
Modern Dance, Laughing, Sentimental Journey, Over My Head and Final

TUTV: Poor sound quality as it was recorded on a cassette player,
but it has a DIY charm. For the diehard fans.

Stream/buy here…

PERE UBU: Website

(PERE UBU, Belgium 2018 – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Live Moment Of The Year (So Far) – PERE UBU Kicking Out The Jams In Belgium…

PERE UBU – 4AD Club, Diksmuide, Belgium – 1 June 2018

Last Friday legendary Cleveland singer/songwriter/underground/rocker/poet/storyteller David Thomas and his PERE UBU band hit Belgium as part of an European tour following
the band’s release of the excellent 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo LP last summer.
A flamboyant album showing (again) that Thomas still has the sound and vision – after almost 45 years – to inspire, to enrapture and to excite with verbal sharpness, cracking tales and kick-ass songs. Also live the 6-headed combo still knows how to get a hungry crowd of old and less older fans (not to forget some lifelong-super-devoted fans named one by one by chief Thomas) in a state of joyous agitation. Experienced musicians led by
a natural-born entertainer with a voice that whispers, sings, howls, screams and tells us stories about monkeys and about his burden: people very close to him beg on repeat to be… charming. Hilarious stuff. The roller coaster set featured several tracks from the new LP and some imperishable classics. Despite some physical problems nailing him to his chair the whole time Thomas rattled on and on with every single nerve he has in his body. After the last song, and a deserved ovation many, including myself, headed towards the bar, not expecting an encore. Oh my! Pere Ubu came back faster than we could order a drink and how! KICK-OUT-THE-JAMS-MOTHERFUCKERS! The biting and clamorous way Thomas spit that timeless line out, word by word, was nothing less than gobsmacking!
So was actually the whole smashing rendition of that MC5 classic. Thomas was playing guitar on his walking stick! Suddenly a splendid gig turned into one with an unforgettable moment of sheer euphoria. Hail hail! Fabulous!

Kick Out The Jams, Motherfuckers!…

20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo
Stream newest album right here…

PERE UBU: Website – Albums Discography – Facebook – Twitter

(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)