Uniform – “Perfect World” (Stereogum Premiere)
Uniform is the duo of Brooklyn neighbors Ben Greenberg (The Men, Hubble, Pygmy Shrews) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver, Believer/Law). Their US label is Gerard Cosloy’s 12XU, so you know their sound has something to do with harsh, aggressive, noisy, punk-oriented skree. Uniform are on the industrial side of that sound, drudging up a hellish racket that sounds like their souls are being mangled by factory equipment. Greenberg describes their “templatized” approach in a press release:
There’s this set bunch of gear to create sounds, and it only creates sound through a certain process, or within its own limitations. The goal of songwriting is to see how many different kinds of sounds you can get from the same basic process and machine.
That process yielded the pair’s harrowing “Our Blood“/”Of Sound Mind And Body” 12″, and it continues on their upcoming release Perfect World. On the title track, relentless kick-drum and ominous droning throb serve as the background for Berdan’s gnarled wailing. Listen below.
Perfect World is out 6/8 in the UK on Alter and 6/9 in the US on 12XU. Uniform will play the Nothing Changes/Raw Sound Progression event at Output in Brooklyn on 5/13 with Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Pharmakon, Prurient, and Marshstepper.
[Photo by Kelsey Henderson.]