Band: Mutato / Devo
Gear: SVT-CL, SVT-810E, SVT-410HLF
As a founding member of the legendary ’70s avant-pop/punk band Devo, bassist/vocalist Gerald Casale was a major creative force behind the band’s wry interpretations of pop culture and music. He co-wrote Devo’s signature hit, “Whip It,” directed most of their uniquely unconventional videos (which were MTV staples), and designed the band’s iconic yellow radiation suit stage costumes. A musical and visual forerunner for the video age, Devo led the charge of synthesizers and sampling, which defined early ’80s pop music.
Casale’s post-Devo career saw him directing music videos, working with bands like the Foo Fighters and Rush. His current solo project, Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers, released its first EP Army Girls Gone Wild in 2006 and the full-length album Mine Is Not A Holy War, also that same year. A more hard blues-based project, Casale’s Devo influence and sense of humor remain brilliantly intact.