Archetypal New Wave nerds Devo this week finally unveiled the tracklist for this summer’s Something for Everybody — the band’s first new album in 20 years — after doing alleged audience research through its “Song Study” website.
Due out June 14 in the U.K. and June 15 in the U.S., Something for Everybody is Devo‘s first studio album since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps, and features the core brotherly lineup of Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale, plus onetime Nine Inch Nails drummer Josh Freese. The record also includes contributions from Santigold, The Dust Brothers’ John King and Teddybears.
The band this week revealed the results of its “Song Study” via a live webcast (see that video below), claiming that the final 12-song tracklist had been winnowed down from 16 tracks by an online focus group. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 40,000 people participated online, rating the 30-second clips.
In a news release, Gerald Casale says:
“We decided to actively seek comment and criticism from outside people and use that as a tool, rather than shunning or ignoring it. Our experiences participating in secondary creativity — things like corporate consensus building, focus groups — make you appreciate the connection that an artist has to society.”
The band, which earlier this year performed at the Vancouver Olympics and appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” has a smattering of summer tour dates set, including appearances at Lollapalooza and the KROQ Weenie Roast (see dates below).
See Devo‘s ‘Song Study’ video and ‘Something for Everybody’ tracklist after the jump…
Tracklist: Devo, Something for Everybody
2. “What We Do”
3. “Please Baby Please”
4. “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)”
5. “”Mind Games”
6. “Human Rocket”
8. “Step Up”
10. “Later Is Now”
11. “No Place Like Home”
12. “March On”
Devo tour dates:
June 5: KROQ Weenie Roast, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
June 19: Crown Theater, Las Vegas, NV
July 3: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
July 4: Summerfest, Milwaukee WI
July 6: Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, MI
July 10: Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY
Aug. 1: Osheaga Music & Arts Festival, Montreal, Canada
Aug. 6: Lolapalooza, Chicago, IL
Sept. 18: Arizona Fall Frenzy, Phoenix, AZ
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