DEVO have told NME that part of the reason for them releasing their first new album since 1990 is because their concept of de-evolution is currently “more real than ever”.
The maxim, which proposes that mankind is regressing rather than progressing, has been a staple part of the band’s outlook since they formed in 1972. Speaking ahead of the release of new album ‘Something For Everybody’ on June 15, the band’s Gerry Casale says he feels it is only being proven to be true now.
“It was now or never. DEVO is all still here and, since de-evolution seems to be more real than ever, it seemed like the time,” he explained. “We’re as relevant as any band out there today. We’re not shocking anymore and we’re not ahead, we’re of our time now, more or less.”
Casale added: “It’s just real now, we live in it. It’s like admitting global warming as a prophesy fulfilled. By admitting it then you can move on. Yes, de-evolution is real. It wasn’t just a crackpot joke and it isn’t a shocking claim.”
He also explained why the band decided to enlist Santigold as one of ‘Something For Everybody’‘s producers.
“We made a conscious decision early on to do the one thing we never did, which was collaborate and involve the outside world – producers, professionals, consumers, opinion-makers,” Casale said.
“Working with Santi and other people, we enjoyed it. We were going to work with Al Doyle from Hot Chip and James Murphy from LCD [Soundsystem] but they were both making records and it became impossible, schedule-wise. But it was really fun to watch what somebody else who cites DEVO as an influence thinks DEVO should sound like. She was interested and we like what she does, so it was perfect, it was mutual respect and admiration.”
Meanwhile, Casale confirmed that the band are planning to visit the UK for live dates this August, though he is unsure whether the “concepts” he has in mind for the shows will come into fruition.
“It all comes down to money – if I had Lady Gaga‘s money you’d see all the concepts,” he explained. “Certainly we’ll do whatever we can within the parameters of budget and the live shows will be unfolding as the album is released. In terms of the UK I don’t think we’d be there until late fall.”
DEVO‘s last album, ‘Smooth Noodle Maps’, was released in 1990.