Incorporating The Music Fix
22nd January 2013 09:13:00
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Pere Ubu - Lady From Shanghai

Over the course of the 35 years since the release of their brilliant debut The Modern Dance, Pere Ubu have produced some superemely challenging music that was never likely to find many friends in the mainstream. Their latest offering, Lady of Shanghai is no different, but for lovers of genuinely alternative sounds it proves to be a considerable joy.

Opener ‘Thanks’ turns Anita Ward’s disco classic ‘Ring My Bell’ into a menacing and enthralling slice of glitchy electronica while the thudding bass on ‘Feuksly..Ma’am The Hearing’ has an industrial backbeat that should have NIN fans creaming their pants. The epic ‘414 seconds‘, with its fractured goth backbone provides a perfect vehicle to David Thomas’ unnerving storytelling. If none of this convinces then the furiously fractious and darkly humourous ‘Musicians Are Scum’ will surely win the last of the doubters over to the Ubu way of thinking. Unflinching, scratchy and just plain odd, Lady of Shanghai is the work of artistes still at the top of their game.
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About Greg Belton
Despite being a seasoned gig goer for more years than I care to remember, I’m a fairly recent convert to writing about music. My tastes have undergone seismic shifts over the years and now take in punk, indie, goth, metal, Americana and anything else with a nice tune. A not too secret penchant for the work of Nick Cave will probably be reflected in the amount of his music I own. All plaudits greatly welcome - all criticism can be filed directly in the bin.