It’s always been tough to mistake Pere Ubu for anything else. The pained vocal delivery and uninviting racket of shrill guitars that have made for calling cards of the band’s career are far from what most people associate with rock ’n’ roll. But founder and vocalist David Thomas says that skewering of concepts has always been the point.
“I hate to start talking about things like ‘concepts’ and stuff like that,” he says over the phone, stopping at a gas station in Kentucky on the band’s current tour (which brings them to the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday). “All albums themselves are concepts, no matter if it’s One Direction or Pere Ubu. Frank Sinatra introduced a number of things into the business and one was the notion of a concept album — ‘In the Wee Small Hours,’ where he was going through that breakup with Ava Gardner.”