Devo Members Reunite As Surf Band
Three original members of Devo have gotten back together, but don't expect them to be bringing "Whip It" to a town near you. Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh, and Robert Casale have reunited asThree original members of Devo have gotten back together, but don't expect them to be bringing "Whip It" to a town near you. Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh, and Robert Casale have reunited as a surf-rock outfit under the moniker the Wipeouters. "It's Devo goes to the beach," says a spokesperson for the band. The new group's debut album, "P'Twaang," will be released on April 24 on Casual Tonalities.
Devo fans can expect "P'Twaang" to be loaded with original, tongue-in-cheek material. Tracks on the album include "Wedgie Wipeout," "Nubie Boardsmen, "Ravin' Surf," "Shut Up Little Man," and "Luna Goona Park." The album will also feature the theme song to Nickelodeon's "Rocket Power." The band isn't expected to tour, but the spokesperson says they will likely play a few dates in Los Angeles.
This being Devo, of course, the Wipeouters' album is part of a larger, fictionalized concept, albeit one that's a bit sillier than Devo's theory of devo-lution. The band will be marketed as is the Wipeouters -- not Devo -- was the original group, and "P'Twaang" is being pitched as the Wipouters' "reunion" album.
Devo last reunited under a fictional persona in the summer of 1999, when they acted as a lounge band between bingo sessions at a benefit for the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Southern California. In truth, the Wipeouters was the name of the first band Casale played in, according to the spokesperson.
Original Devo drummer Jim Mothersbaugh and founding bassist Gerry Casale make guest appearances on "P'Twaang," which was recorded at Mark's Mutato Muzika compound in West Hollywood. Josh Mancell, an in-house composer at the studios, is also a member of the new-wave surf group.