Pere Ubu - "Why I Hate Women"
(Smog Veil Records 2006, SV59CD)
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
I have to say it has been a long time since I heard any Pere Ubu but this record is really excellent. The strange vocals (a bit like Mick Farren at times), cool analog synth sounds, weird moods and strange rockers. This record has it all. The one common thread throughout the record is... strange. It is all strange. Believe it or not, this is the bands 15th record since their inception in 1975 out of the ruins of Rocket from the Tombs. The record was recorded in 2005 and produced by Pere Ubu genius, David Thomas. Some of the special sound this record has is due to the engineer Paul Hamann, who uses a lot of special microphones and home made effects. The whole record tells the story that David thought should have been written by Jim Thompson (Pulp Fiction) but never was. If you got to the press release on the bands web site for this record you can get an indepth explanation of the record. Anyway, the music here is very cool, moody and sometimes it is dreamy post rock like (Babylonian Warehouses) to strange rock and roll numbers (Two Girls (one Bar), Flames over Nebraska), space rock punk (Caroleen), to strange synthesizer drone songs (Stolen Cadillac, Synth Farm). You will not get bored listening to this record, that is for sure. This is a really enjoyable and cool record. Fantastic!
For more information you can visit the Pere Ubu web site at: http://www.ubuprojex.net.
Visit the Smog Veil Records web site at: http://www.smogveil.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller