NYC heavy duo UNIFORM pay faithful homage to Black Sabbath in their version of “Symptom of the Universe” which debuted over at DECIBEL. They’ve reimagined the original’s “summer skies of love” to something far bleaker. LISTEN “SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE” ON SOUNDCLOUD
UNIFORM are old friends Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, Hubble, and the producer / engineer responsible for much of the Sacred Bones catalog) and Michael Berdan (ex-Drunkdriver, York Factory Complaint). Formed in NYC in 2013, the two reconnected and realized that they had evolved to a similar place musically. Wanting as intimate an experience as possible, they decided to keep the project a two-man show, eschewing a live rhythm section for programmed drums and low-end synths, augmented with Greenberg playing guitar and Berdan handling vocals. The collaboration quickly yielded a raw 12″, followed by a full-length, Perfect World.
Now comes Ghosthouse (their first for Sacred Bones), which shares a basic configuration with the previous Uniform releases, but the tools have evolved far beyond their initial drum machine and bass synth setup. These songs have grown from a broader palette of sounds – shots, explosions, implosions, impacts, ricochets, collapse; the sounds of conflict, war, and destruction that we witness every day. The result is the most sonically confrontational Uniform material to date, and Berdan’s lyrics, largely inspired by his lifelong battle with insomnia and depression, match them for relentlessness.
These tracks reveal the incredible range that’s possible within the Uniform musical template, and they provide a fascinating glimpse of what’s to come. The Ghosthouse 12″ is available today and will be followed by a full-length in early 2017.
UNIFORM – LIVE DATES:
Oct 29: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Nov 10: Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 11: Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
Nov 12: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Nov 13: Detroit, MI – El Club
Nov 14: Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha
Nov 15: Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
Nov 16: Easthampton, MA – 13th Floor Music Lounge
Nov 17: Allston, MA – O’Brien’s
Nov 18: Providence, RI – Machines With Magnets
Nov 19: Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA