Published May 15, 2020Like Devo's second studio album, wearing a mask in the time of coronavirus is a Duty Now for the Future, and as bands rush to get their branding on all manner of face coverings, the American outfit have adapted their iconic Energy Domes accordingly.
For what is one of the most creative merch/PPE crossovers yet, Devo have launched an Energy Dome PPE kit with detachable face shield — perfect for whipping it in the comfort of your own home or in public.
As the group explain, "The Dome is solid and the attached shield is clear but it's what you can't see that gets you!" The piece is now available for pre-order, alongside plenty of cloth masks if your pandemic style is a little more low key.
The modified Energy Dome also arrives as part of the headgear's 40th anniversary, and as you'll find below, Devo co-founder Gerald Casale has elaborated on the piece's proper use, design and legacy for the occasion.
It's the 40th anniversary of DEVO's Energy Dome – a DEVO icon that is often as misunderstood as the band itself. Although they have been mistaken for flower pots, dog bowls, car urinals, lampshades, and eventually relegated specifically for the use at holiday parties, these holy totems were actually designed with a more important purpose in mind.
It was designed according to the ancient ziggurat mound proportions used in votive worship. Like the mounds it collects energy and recirculates it.
In this case the Dome collects energy that escapes from the crown of the human head and pushes it back into the medulla oblongata for increased mental energy.
It's very important that you acquire a plastic hard hat liner adjusted to your head size and fix it with duct tape or super glue to the inside of the dump. This allows the Dome to float just about the cranium and thus do its job. Unfortunately sans hard hat liner the recirculation of energy will not occur!