Live Preview: Devo

More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, Devo is back on tour, with a stop in Seattle tonight at The Moore Theatre, to promote their June 2010 full-length Something for Everybody.

A work in progress since 2007, Something for Everybody features the punk fury of Devo’s earliest recordings combined with synth production courtesy of Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, The Bird and the Bee) and Santigold. Even more interesting was the process in which the album was created. Utilizing a “Song Study” via the band’s website and focus group testing, the band had the record’s songs, instrumentation, and even the colour of their “power dome” hats chosen in consultation with the public so that the LP would be, indeed, something for everybody. Note: This pop-filled record made the #2 spot on my pop-’til-you-drop Top 10 of 2010.

It’s the closest thing to a non-stop party album that Devo have ever released: every track is fast, insistent, loud, danceable, and wouldn’t have been out of place in the Top 40 at any time over the last 30 years. It’s an unabashedly pop album with satirical bite. That, mixed with the band’s appreciation for science fiction, deadpan humor, and social commentary should make for one hell of a show, especially when you consider their vast back catalouge. Personally, I’m hoping for this gem to make an appearance:

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