"Long Live Pere Ubu" (Smog Veil; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Cleveland, OH avant-garde garage punk pioneers Pere Ubu made the type of music that bucked trends, shunned spotlights, and kept the mainstream as far away as possible throughout their career of cult status and their latest offering, "Long Live Pere Ubu," is no different.

This unit, formed back in 1975, is an acquired taste for certain, as the music of Pere Ubu is an ever-evolving medium that consistently presents a challenge to the ears, exploring art punkís outer most reaches with innovative arrangements, quirky vocals, oddball instrumentation and an absurdistís viewpoint at the forefront.

This time around, the band comes full circle, interpreting the much-maligned Alfred Jarry surrealist play they take their name from into a working musical form, a task which renders an off-kilter old time serial radio version of the production (which Pere Ubu brought to life in a UK theater) chock full of David Thomas and companyís trademark protean fractured musical detachments and provocative audio juxtapositions.

Best experienced uninterrupted in its entirety and definitely not for the easily offended, Pere Ubuís tackles this ambitious and somewhat nostalgic endeavor with an ambient panache as only a band of their caliber can muster.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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