New Traditionalists (Remastered with Bonus Tracks)
Warner Bros / Wea 523884.2
Released on May 18, 2010
One of the most innovative and often misunderstood bands, Devo took its name from their concept of "de-evolution" -- the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society. Their music echoed this view of society as rigid, repressive, and mechanical, with appropriate touches -- jerky, robotic rhythms; an obsession with technology and electronics (the group was among the first non-prog rock bands to make the synthesizer a core element); and often atonal melodies and chord progressions.
DEVO have signed a unique, ground-breaking worldwide partnership with their original label home Warner Bros. Records that exhibits the band's long-time commitment to innovation in all aspects of their career. In the '80s, the band put the "new" in the music revolution labeled "New Wave" with their synergistic mix of electronic rock, unparalleled theatrical live shows, and self-directed, groundbreaking music-videos - creating a multi-media art assault that resonates in contemporary pop culture.