MINE IS NOT A HOLY WAR - Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers (Cordless Records)
Gerald V. Casale, principal Devo member, has recently released his solo project, Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers. This the full-length album.
“Mine is Not a Holy War” was released this US fall on Cordless Records, a division of Warner Bros. The group's debut EP, "Army Girls Gone Wild" was released earlier in 2006 with three songs – “Beehive,” “The Owl,” and “Army Girls Gone Wild” - as a taster for the album.
“Obviously, you'll hear some Devo in it, but it's not trying to sound like Devo, other than that I brought half of Devo to the table,” Casale tells Billboard.com. “You'll probably hear some familiar themes and some familiar types of progressions.” Casale says he went “for something more basic and raw” than would normally be found on a Devo record.
Session drummer Josh Freese plays on every track, while Casale contributes bass, harmonica, tambourines and shakers. There are very few synthesizer touches,” he says, adding that “the Evildoers are actually two female back-up singers.”
On clubdevo.com, the band proclaims with humor: “Hear my 12 sonic weapons that point and laugh at the stupid fear gripping the planet. I have even included a special song dedicated to your "fearless" leader in Washington DC. It is named "If the Shoe Fits". Tell me if it does!”
Although the band injects comedic release in their lyrics, the need for humor is so critical in this fear-imposed state of mind the USA is in; Casale says, “The state of the country now is so devolved.” Our country is in a need for fun and energy—it is time for Devo to return! Devo's only live plans for 2006 are a tentative “little cluster of shows around Halloween,” according to Casale. But luckily for us, the Evildoers are gearing up to take their music to the masses!
“The time is Now” was my favorite song on the album—it is a song you can listen to over and over again and never get sick of. This album will lift your spirits for now, and will be a classic for years to come. - Roya Butler (with credits and thanks to Jonathan Cohen at Billboard.com)
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