Pere Ubu, Song of the Bailing Man

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Song of the Bailing Man

Pere Ubu

Playing jittery, irrational post-punk while punk was still getting its sea legs, Cleveland weird merchants Pere Ubu remain an absurdist staple due to their ability to stick around (despite countless breakups) and their inability to sit still. Built around punk energy, dubby bass lines, random dissonance and bursts of free jazz, Pere Ubu are held together (or deliciously frayed by, take your pick) the lunatic free-form rambling of frontman David Thomas, who is absolutely rabid on Song of the Bailing Man, one of their most art-schizo offerings. Their sixth album since their 1978 debut, Bailing Man is a solid offering in a prolific (and ongoing) career loaded with them.