Devo, a band so often called the most misunderstood band in rock ‘n’ roll history that it’s a wonder anyone misunderstands it anymore, hasn’t released an album since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps, generally considered a career lowpoint. Nonetheless, lots have changed since 1990. You could say we’ve backtracked as a society since then, and that’s where Devo’s preposterous ideas come back into favor: at the rate we’re going, we may wish we were brain-eating monkeys after all.
Devo, who have been touring on and off for the last decade or so, are releasing a new album this fall. Technically, they haven’t been relying totally on back catalog during this time, as 2007’s "Watch Us Work It" was much more successful than, say, the Pixies’ "Bam Thwok." The success of "Watch Us Work It" inspired the band to start the creative process once more, and no doubt they have a lot to talk about after two decades of relative silence. The album is as of yet unnamed, but between leading a panel while headlining SXSW followed by an All Tomorrow’s Parties headlining gig in Somerset in May, you can expect Devo to stay in the news as the world collapses around us.
Album announcement is below:
De-evolution has finally arrived…and who better to guide us through the mess than DEVO. What the iconic new wave, art punk pioneers cautioned us about almost 30 years ago is no longer a humorous theory. It’s pretty much fact–we now live in a devolved world that’s getting wackier each and every day. The fall of 2009 will bring a new DEVO studio album, their first one since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps. It’ll mark their first new music since the strong fan reaction that greeted the 2007 single “Watch Us Work It,” their first new song in 18 years and one that was produced by Sweden’s TeddyBears (Robyn). They’re now in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album (title TBA).