UTG PHOTOS: Hardcore Devo Tour (6/19/14)

Devo (D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph Devo on June 19, 2014.

Last Thursday, Devolutionaries from literally around the world gathered in New York City for the most exciting and bizarre performance I’ve ever seen in Times Square.

“Nixon to address nation tonight at 8 as resignation rumors grow,” reads the headline on a newspaper Mark Mothersbaugh is holding when the curtains open. The room is black except for a single spotlight and immediately an entire room is transported back in time.

The New Wave innovators of electronic art took stage to a packed house without any opener, because Devo doesn’t need an opener.

The set lasted nearly two hours and featured back to back tunes with little rest time in between. The performance struck a place in the heart of hardcore fans of the band and featured tracks from Devo’s earliest years, 1974-1977.

Watching an ocean of adults wearing Energy Domes and singing along to “Uncontrollable Urge” was what may have been a once in a lifetime experience. The stage presence of the band, who made two wardrobe changes, was matched perfectly by the crowd’s enthusiastic participation. The energy of Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh hold true that a punk is always a punk at heart. Watching the musical genius, Mothersbaugh, control the audience like a maestro was a sight to be seen.

After the show, the band hosted a meet and greet session with fans, of which the proceeds went to recently passed Bob Casale’s family fund for medical bills.


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Check out our recent interview with Devo’s own Jerry Casale.

Photographed by: Derek Scancarelli

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Derek Scancarelli

Derek Scancarelli is a feature writer, interviewer, videographer, photographer, radio-er and more. In 2015, he received his MA in Journalism in New York City. In addition to Under The Gun Review, Derek has worked with Noisey (VICE), Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine and many more. He also pushes some buttons at SiriusXM.

Comedian Jim Norton once called him a serial killer on national radio. Enjoy the internet with him on Twitter.
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