Hardcore DEVO is a new concert film directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Keirda Bahruth that highlights new wave pioneers DEVO, focused on a ten-show tour in the summer of 2014 in which the band performed its earliest songs. The documentary will premiere at the Roxie movie theater in San Francisco on February 20, 2015.
Hardcore DEVO Live Uncontrollable Urge
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HARDCORE DEVO LIVE!, 2015, 84:36 min.
Dir. Keirda Bahruth | Ed. Richard Ballard | Prod. K. Bahruth, R. Ballard | Prod. Gerald V. Casale, Ed Seaman | EP. E. Seaman
DEVO was among the most thought-provoking bands to emerge in the aftermath of punk, but before hits like “Whip It,” they worked in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio to make raw, unfiltered music that the group called “Hardcore DEVO.” In the summer of 2014, DEVO did ten shows performing these seminal pre-fame songs, created between 1974 and 1977 and rarely played since then. Shot at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, this exciting concert film captures these groundbreaking artists performing the songs that started it all, interwoven with interviews revealing the history of the band.
In an interview on March 3, 2011, Gerald Casale noted that he is “working on a script for a musical, a Devo musical” that would be aimed towards a live Broadway production.
On February 14, 2012, the Devo Facebook page posted a status update that clubdevo.com would soon be launching a brand new “post-Warner Brothers” website that would feature new merchandise. On March 1, a new message from General Boy was added to the website confirming that the band had indeed once again parted ways with Warner Brothers. It added that the new website would offer “new protective gear” and “unreleased material from the archives in vinyl disc format,” as well as feature “WORLD-WIDE shipping to anywhere on Planet Earth.”
In August 2012, the band released a single called “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed)”, dedicated to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s former pet dog Seamus. The title relates to the Mitt Romney dog incident, which occurred in 1983 when Romney travelled twelve hours with the dog in a crate on his car’s roof rack. Casale has also mentioned plans to release a collection of demos from the sessions of Something for Everybody, with potential titles being Devo Opens the Vault, Gems from the Devo Dumpster, or Something Else For Everybody.
The band toured the US and Canada in June and July 2014, playing ten dates consisting of their “experimental music” previously composed and recorded from 1974-1978. Billed as the “Hardcore Devo” tour, partial proceeds for the ten shows went to support Bob Casale‘s family but was planned as a 40th anniversary tour prior to his death.