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Pere Ubu Tours the US with a New Album

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo is Out of the Can

This Sunday Pere Ubu, one of the more off center bands to emerge from Ohio, will play the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. They have a fresh new album out called 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo and they are on a tour of the US for the remainder of 2017. The album is weird enough as you would think, and has a lot of variety. Pere Ubu is, if you are not familiar with them, an avant garde rock group that first came together in 1976. Their sound has been likened to science fiction soundtracks; they don’t have a conventional sound and they are known for their creative use of synthesizers among other eccentric features. The band has numerous lineups over the years.

A notable track on the album is “Monkey Bizness.” It’s sonic, almost like jet rock which is popular in Japan. It ends with a quote from Frank Zappa’s classic, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” which is one of the most cynical songs ever written. “Brown shoes don’t make it, quit school don’t fake it…” Zappa then goes into something about being “plastic robot for a world that doesn’t care.” So we can see where Pere Ubu is coming from.

I had a chance to listen to the tracks “I Can Still See” and “Walking Again,” which are a little dronie and lush. These are also on 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo. These cuts are very interesting fulfilled my listening expectations. There is a lot of tension in their music.

I anticipate getting a good earful when they play on Sunday. It will be worth the trek (if you are from New York, you know a pain it is to get to that neighborhood especially on public transportation and parking a nightmare). In spite of this I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fun night.

From November to December Pere Ubu will be on tour.  Some of the cities they are going to hit are Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Charleston, Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as Vancouver, Canada.

Catch this tour:

Date Venue Location
Nov 09 Hill Country DC Washington, DC Tickets & More
Nov 11 Once Ballroom Somerville, MA Tickets & More
Nov 12 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY Tickets & More
Nov 14 JOHNNY BRENDA’S Philadelphia, PA Tickets & More
Nov 15 Strange Matter Richmond, VA Tickets & More
Nov 16 The Basement Columbus, OH Tickets & More
Nov 17 Magic Bag Detroit, MI Tickets & More
Nov 18 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL Tickets & More
Nov 19 Culture Center Theater Charleston, WV Tickets & More
Nov 20 The Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN Tickets & More
Nov 22 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH Tickets & More
Nov 30 Rickshaw Theatre North Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Dec 01 El Corazon Seattle, WA Tickets & More
Dec 02 star theater Portland, OR Tickets & More
Dec 04 The Independent San Francisco, CA Tickets & More
Dec 05 The Ritz San Jose, CA Tickets & More
Dec 06 The Echo Los Angeles, CA Tickets & More
Dec 08 Soda Bar San Diego, CA Tickets & More

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Brooklyn native, Frederick Gubitosi, is a musician, artist, songwriter, and music journalist. Alumnus of Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College, the former teacher writes as an insider to world of music and the humanities. In the '90s he had two solo painting exhibits in NYC and was involved in a performance art group which merged live music, improv theater and multimedia. In 1995 he participated in Philadelphia's first performance of John Zorn's "Cobra" as a musician. In 2005 he wrote, directed, and created the musical score for his comic play, "Love, the Happy Disease." He now participates in events for Brooklyn's Creators Collective making improvised music for modern dancers.

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