Wed 11/22 @ 8:30PM
Back in 1975 when they formed in Cleveland, most people figured Pere Ubu would last a year or two. All bands had shorter life spans then, and Ubu, with its noisy art-rock sound, certainly didn’t appeal to a mass-market audience.
But here they are, 42 years later, and vocalist David Thomas is still making the rounds, the idol of a passionate bunch of underground music aficionados. All these years later, Thomas, now living in London, leads an ensemble whose personnel has evolved considerably, although drummer Steve Mehlman, bassist Michele Temple, synth/theremin player Robert Wheeler and guest guitarist Gary Siperko all hail from these parts.
And they’re back on the road yet again, with a new studio album, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, packed in their merch case. Released in September, it will sadly be their last album engineered by their longtime collaborator Paul Hamann at Suma Recording in Painesville where Thomas had returned to work for more than three-and-a-half decades. Hamann died in September.
The band will perform at the Grog Shop this time through town, with Mist opening. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.