Pere Ubu reissue two classic albums, presenting two sides of their coin; two variations on pop music, one dark, one darker…
From the turn of the millennium, ‘Pennsylvania’ and ‘St Arkansas’ are newly remixed by David Thomas in 2021 and reissued on Fire Records.
“[Pere Ubu] were still creating great works of abstract art, pushing the limits of rock ‘n’ roll to twist into avant-garde explorations of the darkest recesses of the human mind” Classic Rock
“From the beginning they obviously understood the nuts and bolts of popular music, and then loosened them.” Mojo
From the turn of the millennium, ‘Pennsylvania’ was the eleventh studio album from this uncompromising and influential group, presenting their dark take on pop music.
“Everyone talked about our artiness and our unlikeableness, people completely ignored for decades me saying, ‘We’re a pop band’.” David Thomas
With ‘Pennsylvania,’ Pere Ubu welcome you to a barely recognisable secret country drawn out of its own spectral geography… This is much more than just music.
Pere Ubu release two new videos accompanying the newly remixed tracks.
“Monday Morning’ V.21C video: https://youtu.be/L7xq2en9Xmw
‘333’ V.21C video: https://youtu.be/Ij7hnSG9URU
Pere Ubu’s darkest and most dramatic statement, ‘St Arkansas’ remains a work of offhand brilliance by a band who often seem capable of miracles.
Following ‘Pennsylvania’, ‘St Arkansas’ (2002) was Pere Ubu’s next studio album featuring a travelogue of characters encountered on the Mighty Road from Conway Arkansas to Tupelo Mississippi, I-40 to US 49 to State 6.
“I drove the route and wrote down what the Road was telling me.” David Thomas
Pere Ubu are the mainstream.
Pere Ubu Photo credit : Jim Jones