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Sonic caught up with them at Brightonâ€™s Dome Theatre where they discussed Sonar Festival, Brian Eno, their musical influences, The Mini Moog, their broken Arp Odyssey, Markâ€™s stolen laptop and what itâ€™s like to be back in Europe after 15 years.
<The remaining 2007 European Tour Invasion dates are as follows:
Friday June 22 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday June 23 - Manchester Apollo
Sunday June 24 - Glasgow Carling Academy
Tuesday June 26 - London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday June 29 - Summer Sound Festival @ Lazzaretto
Saturday June 30 - Azzano Decimo @ Pordenone, Italy
For tickets phone the 24 hr. ticket hotline on: 0870 735 5000
<From Sonicâ€™s 'They Are Devo' article (11/05/07)
Although slightly portlier than you may remember them, Devoâ€™s influence on electronic music is undeniable. Their Eno produced album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, came as a novel interlude against a backdrop of late 70â€™s New Wave and they were quickly snapped up by the legendary Stiff Records in the UK.
Their acutely stylised dress sense and videos caught the attention of the fledgling MTV and singles like Jocko Homo, Mongoloid and Whip It secured their position as a band with an eccentric and slightly dark agenda. Their jerky robotic cover of the Stonesâ€™ Satisfaction is a genre defining stroke of genius.
Devo, pioneers experimenting with weird, inhuman synth sounds? Where?? Their music sounds awfully guitar-based to me.
23-Jun-07 04:18 PM
see it worked! synthpopurist is already devoluted!
30-Jun-07 01:38 PM
The most experimental sounds Devo ever made were their early recordings, prior even to the 1977 Stiff EP. These precocious nuggets were eventually released by Rykodisk in the 90s as Hardcore Devo, two volumes' worth. When I listen to that I can clearly understand why they chose Robert Margouleff (of the even-more-pioneering "Tonto's Expanding Headband" fame) to produce some of their albums.
04-Aug-07 08:14 PM
that guy who stole his laptop needs to get electrified!
18-Mar-08 12:16 AM
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