Published Jul 05, 2012Akron, OH-bred pop culture deconstructionists Devo have been offering up a skewed take on the North American psyche since the early '70s, and the group's often strange journey will be highlighted in a new documentary title Are We Not Men?.
Director Tony Pemberton has been working with the subversive tunesmiths for the last three years, interviewing them about the origins of the de-evolution band, their rise to infamy in the late '70s, and resurgence with 2010's Something for Everybody. While the multimedia-minded group had previously released their The Men Who Make the Music movie/video collection in 1979, which led to similar collections We're All Devo and The Complete Truth About De-evolution, this is the first documentary on the band.
On top of interviews with the band, the film also features Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl and Tony Hawk weighing in on the groundbreaking group. Down below, you can catch the trailer for the flick, which has members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale discussing their role as "reporters" on the perversity of junk culture amidst clips collected from concert and television performances.
Pemberton hopes to have Are We Not Men? ready for inclusion in next year's Sundance Film Festival, but is currently seeking funds for the project via Kickstarter. Devoted Spudboys and girls willing to chip in a few dollars will be rewarded with everything from a digital download of the film, to limited-edition T-shirts sporting band mascot Booji Boy, to a private screening of the film at your behest. You can find out more over here.
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