Devo whipping up new album

Drummer Alan Myers skips reunion

Time to dust off the red flowerpot hats.

Devo, the new-wave band famed for its terraced headgear and the catchy ditty "Whip It," is putting the finishing touches on its first studio album since 1990, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The as-yet-untitled release is scheduled to come out in the fall; no label is attached yet. It marks Devo's first new music since the 2007 single "Watch Us Work It" and first album since 1990's "Smooth Noodle Maps."

The lineup includes four of the five members from the classic 1975-1985 lineup: frontmen Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, and guitarists Bob Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh. Session musician Josh Freese is filling in on drums. Alan Myers, who played with Devo during that decade, is now an electrician in Los Angeles.

Devo will perform at the South by SouthWest music festival in Austin, Texas, on March 20, and will perform a pair of U.K. shows in May.

The band, whose name is a contraction of "de-evolution," formed in 1972 in Akron, Ohio, as a quirky surrealist concept. Besides "Whip It," the band also recorded offbeat covers of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and Allen Toussaint's "Working in the Coal Mine." Mark Mothersbaugh went on to become a successful film and TV composer.
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