UNIFORM hit us with “The Killing of America“, their second single from the NYC duo’s upcoming full-length, Wake In Fright. The track debuted via BULLETT who sat down with UNIFORM to dig in and discuss the concepts and creation of their sophomore album. “The title is taken from this Leonard Schrader movie called ‘The Killing of America’. It’s a documentary about gun violence in America in the early ’80s. We started writing it around the time the Atlanta shooting happened, and we were hearing about a new mass shooting every day. This was just our way of speaking to that,” Berdan explains. Read the full interview here.
Michael Berdan (ex Drunkdriver, York Factory Complaint) and guitarist/producer Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, Hubble) return with a new batch of eight songs that incorporate elements of industrial music, thrash metal, harsh noise, and power electronics. Wake In Fright is a harrowing exploration of self-medication, painted in the colors of war.
The characters Berdan brings to life in his lyrics quit using but have ruinous relapses or struggle as their resolve crumbles; they use alcohol to ease their insomnia but and are helpless when they get sober and stop sleeping again; they’re existential misanthropes trapped in dead-end lives. While the titles have been largely culled from the world of horror, thematically these songs have more in common with the works of Hubert Selby, Jr than Lucio Fulci.
Greenberg sets these stories to menacing guitar and samples of literal sounds of war – the kick drums are bombs going off, the snares are gunshots. He drew the record’s immense sample library from action movies, Foley sound packs, field recordings and more. The guitar is as crucial as ever and now as indebted Slayer as it is to Big Black. The inner monologues of Berdan’s characters and Greenberg’s martial sonic palette collide, Wake in Fright finds its wrecking-ball power.