Architecture Of Language 1979-1982 – 4LP box set with new masters of the albums ‘New Picnic Time’ (1979), ‘The Art Of Walking’ (1980) and ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’ (1982) plus a disk of extras, ‘Architectural Salvage.’
Out on 18th March 2016 on Fire Records.
Ahead of their ‘Coed Jail Tour 1975-1982’ Spring 2016 (see dates below) the ever individual, idiosyncratic and, above all, influential band/enigma Pere Ubu release a four LP box set of new masters of their early albums ‘New Picnic Time’ (1979), ‘The Art Of Walking’ (1980) and ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’ (1982). Combined with this is an extra LP of extras called ‘Architectural Salvage’.
This immense body of their early work (but only spanning three years) perfectly illustrates the ‘well before their time’ facet of Pere Ubu. They have always been very experimental and this collection certainly has echoes and influences of ‘Beefheart’s weirdness and way out experimentation, as well as its intelligence and basis in originality and expression.
One of the first things you notice in this collection is the funky baselines that permeate throughout the first few tracks. These then segue into experimental tracks that certainly embrace the (then) new technology including Synths, etc that the band embraces completely.
This experimentation continues throughout the resulting collection and this result in a body of short spurts of intelligence, inspiration and long lasting influence (surely??) on band such as Pavement and Guided by Voices?
Bloody good stuff! Pere ubu play the following dates:
Pere Ubu ‘Coed Jail!’ Dates
23 Mar: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK
25 Mar: Bla, Oslo, Norway
26 Mar: Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany
27 Mar: Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
28 Mar: Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
31 Mar: Monk Club, Rome, Italy
01 Apr: Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
05 Apr: La Poste a Galene, Marseille, France
06 Apr: Salle Jean Carmet, Le Mans, France
07 Apr : Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France
08 Apr: de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
09 Apr: More Music, Brugge, Belgium
All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.