| Carnival of Souls
Produced by David Thomas.
Released September 8/9 2014
FIRELP358, vinyl lp
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Two download singles, 'Irene' and 'Golden Surf ii' with non-album b-sides are available.
| "There is a tendency in reviews of Pere Ubu to assume that their spirit is to be admired more than their actual music, that they deserve credit more for being consistently bizarre than for being consistently brilliant. It tends to result in each new Pere Ubu record being received as 'just another Pere Ubu record.' Carnival of Souls is not just a new Pere Ubu album. This is the sound of a band that has upheld remarkably high standards over a four decade career. This is the latest highlight in a long list of very genuine standouts." Drowned In Sound
"We can only bow humbly before such consistency, creativity, integrity and modesty. This is a timeless record, which sails the seas on its own." Stéphane Deslauriers, Deslauriers
"It's a dreamscape that's never dreamy. Its hard-boiled, hardheaded stuff. It's music made to endure." Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air Podcast/Transcript
"The band remain as weird, wonderful and uniquely off-planet as ever." Ged M, SoundsXP.com
"This album, much like the majority of their canon, is superb. Ratings and critical words are totally unnecessary at this point: This is a Pere Ubu album. It is exactly what you expect and exactly what you don't. The variety and subtlety and diversity and ferocity of this collection defies belief. The value of the name 'Pere Ubu' and the artistic, iconoclastic nature of David Thomas have never been more potent. Put simply, we need Pere Ubu more than they need us." The Line of Best Fit
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Links and Background:
Mystery Interview • Gonzo Circus Interview • Lyrics (French translations) • Band Photos and related Artwork • Bio • Visions of the Moon • Demos • Underscore to X, The Man With X Ray Eyes at Brighton Film Festival, November 23, 2014
Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls - 100 page paperback 'liner notes.'
Golden Surf II • Big Ed's Used Records • Irene • Road to Utah • Pere Ubu Fixes Things • Self Expression is Evil
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"The 'Strychnine Interludes' are based on a single, time-stretched note of the guitar riff played at the head of 'Road to Utah.' Melodies from 'Drag the River,' 'Visions of the Moon,' and 'Bus Station' appear out of shortwave interference as radio call signs. The unidentified radio voices are David Thomas reading 'Last of the Mohicans.' 'Strychnine 5' has Morse code spelling out 'Merdre Merdre.'"
The vinyl LP package contains a card with a free download code for acquiring the 'Brother Ray' track. Those who buy the cd directly from Fire will get a free download code for all tracks, including the 'Strychnine Interludes.'
The 'Golden Surf II'/'Throb Array' download single, released August 8 2014, can be purchased at http://geni.us/3XKY. The b-side is a Moliné/Gagarin non-album remix of the song 'Brother Ray.'
Darryl Boon is the newest member of the group. A clarinetist, he is an enthusiastic advocate of Dixieland. David met him while he was playing in a jazz group in a pub in Hove.
All songs written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, except 'Brother Ray,' which was written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Thomas, the 'Strychnine Interludes' which were written by Moliné, 'Golden Surf II' which as written by Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, and 'Visions of the Moon' which was written by Boon - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas. All songs ©2014 Ubu Projex, published under license by Fire Songs.
Artwork by Alexandre Horn.
Pere Ubu is:
Golden Surf II
'Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls'
'Cogs' is the 100 page liner note publication accompanying the release of Pere Ubu's 'Carnival of Souls.' David Thomas takes the reader behind the scenes of the album's conception, with insights into the unique internal workings of this extraordinary band.