Never has there been a more catastrophic year for music. Pere Ubu is, of course, well used to catastrophe. We waited and watched. We didn’t see anything we wanted to see.
In the 60s, Ghoulardi transported people into interactive TV with B movies and fan interaction in the form of letters, monster-dragster kit models, fireworks and general mayhem. A young David Thomas watched his show every week. David Thomas and Johnny Dromette shared the DiscoHome where they built a Celebrity Square set in the living room. TV was their library of how entertainment could swerve anything that makes sense to the mainstream but make perfect sense to them. Datapanik, devised by Johnny and David back in the 70s, was to have a visual outlet for both the band and the audience.
And so, in 2020, DPK TV was born. The technology involved could have been easy - grab an iPhone and press ‘go live’ on Facebook - but that was not going to have sticking power. It wasn’t going to add to the Ubu Projex Library in any meaningful way. David Thomas taught himself the tech of live-streaming with freeware and sidekick Communex, Kiersty Boon, gathered content for the programs. The first tests were brilliant. Everything worked.
The first few programs, however, were disastrous. Nothing worked. So they embarked on a mission that included upgrading the Wifi, upgrading the camera, upgrading the software and buying a simple bright, green sheet. Since that shaky start, DPK TV has now been live-streaming since May 2020, with live music, exclusive videos, never before seen archive footage, fan videos, slots such as ‘The Cabinet Of Crap (Official)’ and ‘Lyric Library,’ as well as extensive Q&As with Mr Thomas, the host. There have been special shows featuring B movies set to Pere Ubu music, an hour long Rocket From The Tombs special and the infamous Frigo gig in its entirety, with many more featured programmes to come.
Their audience have subscribed via Patreon (www.patreon.com/pereubu) and the regular fans are now becoming totally integrated into the Ubu story. Three times a month, Mr Thomas broadcasts completely unique content and music. THAT is what we wanted to see. You can see it too. Join us for 5$ or whichever currency you prefer at https://www.patreon.com/pereubu.