Pictured during mastering sessions for songs to be focus group tested for the new Devo album are (L-R) band members Bob and Jerry Casale, recording/concert engineer Van Coppock, and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
Band Performs New Material at Coachella in April
Enduring rock pioneers and artful innovators Devo have mastered songs for possible inclusion on their new, as yet untitled album at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Their first release in 20 years features new songs performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, including “Fresh,” “That’s Good,” “What We Do,” and “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man).”
Originating in Akron, Ohio, Devo is often associated with the New Wave music scene. While best known for their 1980 hit “Whip It”, which made it to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band has successfully maintained
a following since early in their career as their style has shifted among punk, art rock, post-punk, and New Wave.
Devo’s new batch of songs enlisted the talents of numerous producers , including Santigold, The Dust Brothers’ John King, the Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin and the Teddy Bears’ Klas Acklund as well as recording engineers Paul David Hager and Van Coppock. “The new album’s title and song sequence is being decided by focus groups,” says Devo’s Jerry Casale, “as part of Devo’s new experiment in the artist’s role in corporate society.”
At the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, Devo will unveil more new material, prior to the Warner Bros. release in late May or early June.
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