“Thirty years ago, people said that we were cynical, that we had a bad attitude,” Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh once said. “But now, when you ask people if de-evolution is real, they understand that there was something to what we were saying. It’s not the kind of thing you want to see proven right, but it does make it easier to talk about.”
It’s been more than three decades since the release of their visionary debut, ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!’,and it seems the world is still paying attention. The band’s funky robot sound, outrageous style, and philosophy have all played a role in influencing artists from Rage Against the Machine to Lady Gaga, and Devo are still ahead of the game, they are still evolving.
We caught up with the band ahead of their show at The Observatory in Santa Ana to talk about everything from their first and worst gigs to cover songs and rider essentials.