Boomkat Product Review:
Next in the remastered Pere Ubu re-ups, their vault of live recordings proves David Thomas and co’s virile art-rock mettle 1976-79 at venues in their native Cleveland, OH, plus Brussels, and London
Setting fire to preceding rock templates with practically unprecedented, future-primitivist madness and a swaggering alacarity that would prompt many others in their wake, Pere Ubu's shows were a fierce proposition. Their Rough Trade release ‘390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo’ captures the band in various assemblies rotating around yowling frontman David Thomas, Allen Ravenstine’s cranky synths, and Peter Laughner’s spindly guitars, propelled by the loosey goosey rhythm section of co-founders Tim Wright and Scott Krauss, with the likes of Tom Herman and Tony Maimone on hand at other shows.
““The lo-fi recordings almost always sounded better to us than the hi-fi recordings.” David Thomas
The sound of a band at their anarchistic and experimental best, twisting the mainstream for their own ends. A white-knuckle cascade through their formative inventiveness, a unique document, now fully remastered it includes songs from the ‘Datapanik’ EP and ‘The Modern Dance’ LP.”