Pere Ubu, Obnox | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu

Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu

When: Sat., June 18 2016
Price: $25, $20 in advance
Over the past few decades Ohio has quietly grown a reputation as a go-to state for some of the finest—and weirdest—underground rock music in the country. And whether you’re talking about the fractured bedroom recordings of Guided by Voices, the drunken and damaged garage of Cheater Slicks, or the pummeling noise rock of Unholy Two, none of it would have been possible without David Thomas, the godfather of Ohio weirdos, and his Cleveland band Pere Ubu. Formed in 1975 after Thomas’s legendary protopunk outfit Rocket From the Tombs splintered apart, Pere Ubu has released a nonstop string of what he calls “avante-garage,” a brilliant, skronky explosion of angular punk, noise rock, and free-form experimentation. Pere Ubu is currently out in support of Architecture of Language (1979-1982)—the second in a series of box sets—which packages together early LPs New Picnic Time, The Art of Walking, and Song of the Bailing Man. The set also includes a fourth disc titled Architectural Salvage, a collection of odds and ends like B sides, alternate takes, and live tracks. While it could easily be written off as nonessential for casual listeners, it’s an excellent testament to how true Pere Ubu has remained to its sound, style, and aesthetic over the past 40 years. Opening this show is Obnox, the Cleveland solo project of Ubu disciple Lamont “Bim” Thomas, who also played drums for bands like This Moment in Black History and Bassholes. Originally started as a fuzzed-out garage-pop act, Obnox has evolved into a wildly soulful and smooth blend of punk, noise rock, and hip-hop.
— Luca Cimarusti
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