Devo had toured only sporadically over the past couple decades, and in fact their last studio album was released 20 years ago. Until, that is, last year when they came roaring back with perhaps the best album of their career in Something for Everybody. Yes, you heard me right: best album of their career. They’re never going to be as popular as they once were, and they’ll never make it into high rotation on any radio station’s playlist (certainly not like the halcyon days of the 80s when new wave ruled the airwaves and Whip It and Girl U Want catapulted the band from ‘cult band from Ohio’ status to ‘legendary nerdcore band for the rest of eternity’ status). But, yes, Something for Everybody is every bit as good as their early albums, and in my opinion, better. And I am of course a fan of those early albums, too, which is gonna work out fine because they play all sorts of those early songs as well as a smattering of the new tunes when they play live.
I had the pleasure of recording a few of their shows during the California leg of their tour in August of 2011 (SD, LA, San Jose), and here’s a bit of one of my favorites from the LA show.
Goin’ Under (excerpt) live at The Canyon, Agoura Hills, California, 26 August 2011.
Footnote- Devo has gone through a bit of Spinal Tap syndrome over the years with all the different drummers, but the guy who is touring with them Jeff Friedl is super sharp and I really hope he sticks with them and they stick with him for a long time.
stereo board mix
Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience
Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface
Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing
Soundtrack Pro for mastering