World-famous artists, producers, audio pioneers and overall music legends DEVO have returned. After a recent string of blistering live shows (ask any Coachella attendee about their festival set), the group that once ran the spectrum from “Whip It” to “Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)”, and its members responsible for nearly every Wes Anderson soundtrack ever (Life Aquatic, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tennenbaums, etc), is preparing for the June launch of their first studio album in over 20 years. But this was never a conventional “band”, and there’s no way their return could remotely mimic the too-common “reunion tour ’010!” bullshit of so many of their era peers. Along with a full line-up of major city venues, they’ve chosen to bring the music process much closer to the people, involving us all in the unique “DEVO Song Study“. Their humor can be as dry as they come, but their “goal” to “please as many people as possible” through online involvement is pretty damned creative.
In short, the band has prepared 16 tracks for the album, but studio execs are forcing a number cut to 12. Wanting their listeners to have control over what sounds they enjoy, the band has opened up the site to you all. All 16 tracks are available as 30 second clips, after which you can decide whether it’s meant for release, or better sent to the DEVO basement. The new songs are as powerful and current as they were in the past, with a sonic maturity groomed into the production.
Although one of the most-anticipated records of the summer, admittedly this might not be the most “manly” record of all-time… But then again, they’re aren’t “men”. They are DEVO.