Home & Garden, History and Geography

Todd Burns

By Todd Burns

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

History and Geography

Home & Garden

Ever wished Pere Ubu sounded just a little bit weirder? Welcome to Home & Garden, the band that Ubu-members Scott Krauss and Tony Maimone formed after they left the group, along with future Ubu guitarist Jim Jones and Jeff Morrison, a guy that had nothing to do with the legendary Cleveland proto-punk act at all.

Former and future Ubu members get even weirder.

Magazine is an obvious reference point, what with the group's pedigree and a reliance on synthesizer for its creepy atmosphere. But where Magazine loaded its chilly theatrics into a (relatively) pop format, Home & Garden eschew it altogether, leading to tracks like the meandering and melancholic "Bells of Ever and Never" or the sax-led skronk of "Birthday."

Adding to the oddness, Morrison sounds a little bit like the Doors frontman with whom he shares a surname — if the "American Poet" had absolutely no sense of melody and an even greater penchant for the absurd. Or at least that's where you have to imagine a song like "King Penguin" comes from.