Monday, November 16, 2009
We Are DEVO!
Q: Are we not men? A: We are DEVO!
Imagine if your dad and his golf buddies got together for a little reunion tour of the neighborhood garages. And they ended up being really, really awesome! That was what it was like seeing DEVO last night at 9:30 Club. While the gents certainly had some beer bellies going on under their radiation suits and some strange old-man hairdos, those guys seriously ROCKED! They played the entire album “Are We Not Men” as it originally appeared on vinyl and I was amazed at what a fabulous album it was!
The name "Devo" comes "from their concept of 'de-evolution' - the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society". I was expecting the usual new wave synthetic pop sound and was pleasantly surprised by the driving, rocking licks combined with their trademark robotic moves and goofy antics. I love their antiquated futurism and felt a bit like Big Brother may have been watching the show from the balconies.
After suffering through what had to have been the single worst opening act in the history of opening acts, I was pleasantly surprised by the energy and brilliance of an old favorite, DEVO!