One of new wave's most innovative
and successful bands, Devo was also
perhaps one of its most misunderstood.
Formed in Akron, OH, in 1972 by Kent State
art students Jerry Casale and Mark
Mothersbaugh, 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); often atonal melodies and chord
progressions - all of which were filtered
through the perspectives of geeky misfits.
Gerald V. Casale