he past five years have seen an exponentially growing interest in Devo. The group, which formed in Akron, Ohio, in 1972, has ratcheted up its performance schedule from one live show in 2001 to 17 in 2005. Three new DVDs have been issued in the last 18 months, and the group’s music is appearing with increasing frequency in commercials and movies such as “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” and “Raising Helen.”
What’s more, Devo’s skewed musical sensibilities have taken root in breakthrough acts like the Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Interpol. Buoyed by this awareness, founding bassist Jerry Casale feels that for the first time in 15 years, the time is right for a new Devo album to be written and recorded, even going as far as to mention Alan Moulder (U2, Nine Inch Nails) as a possible candidate to produce the material.