Pere Ubu announce new album ‘Lady From Shanghai’

Pere Ubu return with their first new studio album for over three years in January 2013, the thirty-fifth anniversary of the group’s debut release ‘The Modern Dance’.

‘Lady From Shanghai’ is to be released via Fire Records on the 7th January – the album will be released in both Vinyl and CD format and is available for pre-order, in addition if pre-ordered from iTunes purchasers will receive a free CD version.

The album ushers in a new era in the history of Pere Ubu, with David Thomas and band continuing to provoke and shock listeners, further establishing them as one of the most innovative, progressive and important bands of all time.

Lady from Shanghai is an album of dance music – it is the Ubu Dance Party.
The dancer is the puppet of the dance” says singer David Thomas. “It’s long past time somebody puts an end to this abomination. Lady From Shanghai has fixed the problem”…”What is the problem? Dance encourages the body to move without permission.”

An accompanying book ‘Chinese Whispers: The Making of Lady From Shanghai’ will be launched around the same time, extensively exploring the ideas and methods behind the recording.

You can listen to “Free White” below, which is the second track on the album and outwardly bears obvious resemblance to the form and metrics of dance music but is internally just a little subversive – and therefore is Pere Ubu.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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