stream Pere Ubu’s new album ‘The Long Goodbye’
Avant garde punk icons Pere Ubu continue to keep it strange 40-plus years into their career with new album The Long Goodbye, that’s out today via Cherry Red. “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years,” says frontman David Thomas. “It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.” It sounds unlike any record they’ve made before, but is distinctly Pere Ubu. (Their last album was 2017’s Monkey Bizness.) The Long Goodbye began life with Thomas working alone using his vast collection of synths, drum machines, and other esoteric instruments, and then turning it over to his bandmates to flesh out. “I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” Thomas says. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.” Needless to say, the pop music that has lived inside of Thomas head is entirely unlike what you’ll find on the Billboard charts. Listen below.
The title of the album, and the storytelling style heard within, references Raymond Chandler as well as a health scare Thomas had in 2017, but don’t take it to be the final Pere Ubu album. Thomas has no intentions of stopping. The group have select UK and European tour dates this fall and those are listed below.
Pere Ubu – 2019 Tour Dates
Fri, Sep 13 London, Bush Hall
Sat, Sep 21 Dublin, The Grand Social
Fri, Oct 11 Oslo, BLÅ
Fri, Oct 25 Rotterdam, Worm Rotterdam
Sat, Oct 26 Eeklo (Belgium), Muziekclub N9
Fri, Nov 15 Trento (I), Teatro Sanbapolis
Sat, Nov 16 Florence, Flog