Uniform Premiere “The Shadow Of God’s Hand” Video

Uniform have premiered a new video for their song “The Shadow Of God’s Hand.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Shame.” Michael Berdan commented:

“The central theme behind ‘The Shadow Of God’s Hand‘ are the inherent contradictions present in conventional Christianity. I was brought up with this idea of ‘act right or you’re going to hell.’ I’ve listened to family members as they worried themselves to tears over the fate of a loved one’s soul. To me, the concept of a punitive God is antithetical to the comfort I derive from a spiritual practice. Does God serve to comfort or chastise? Does following Christ’s teachings serve to create a kinder, more equitable world or have those teachings become so perverted that they simply stand as tools of control? For many, there is a fine line in their belief structure between salvation and damnation. This song attempts to touch on these paradoxes.”

Code Orange Announce Fall Headlining Shows

Code Orange have announced some fall headlining shows. Here’s the dates:

09/24 Mckees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre (feat. Dying Fetus, Show Me The Body, Machine Girl and Year Of The Knife)
09/26 Columbus, OH – Skulls Music Diner (feat. Show Me The Body and Year Of The Knife)
09/27 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme (feat. Show Me The Body and Year Of The Knife)
10/18 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern (feat. Bathe, Your Spirit Dies and Backside)
10/21 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
10/25 Memphis, TN – Growlers
10/29 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center (feat. Portrayal Of Guilt, Uniform and New Methods)
11/03 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

Uniform, Portrayal Of Guilt, & Body Void Announce Fall Tour

Uniform and Portrayal Of Guilt have announced a fall co-headlining tour. Body Void will open.

Tour Dates:

10/20 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
10/21 Boston, MA – Cambridge Elks Lounge
10/22 Naugatuck, CT – 585 Main
10/23 Washington, DC – DC9
10/24 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
10/26 Atlanta, GA – 529
10/27 Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
10/29 San Antonio, TX – Vibe Events Center (feat. Code Orange) (no Body Void)
10/30 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sister
11/01 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
11/02 Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
11/03 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
11/04 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
11/05 Seattle, WA – Vera Project
11/06 Boise, ID – Neurolux
11/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
11/08 Denver, CO – HQ
11/10 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/11 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
11/12 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA

Uniform commented:

“We were on the road when covid protocols went into place. Haven’t played a gig since Friday the 13th of March in 2020. The time since that last show has been… eventful & somewhere in the middle of all of it we put out a record that we like a lot called ‘Shame‘. We’re finally gonna get to play you songs from it!

We’ll be hitting the road this October & November on a co-headlining tour with our buds portrayal of guilt, as well as support from the absolutely amazing Body Void! This tour will be the first time we’ve ever played live as a FOUR PIECE! Extremely excited to have our dear friend Steve Moore from Zombi joining us on bass!

We’re really looking forward to seeing your beautiful faces and playing our dumb songs for you! Please do us a solid and get vaccinated so that these shows actually happen. Please. Tickets for all shows on sale now at unifuckingform.com/live.”

Zombi & Uniform Remix Each Other’s Songs For New Split Release

Zombi and Uniform have teamed up for a new split release. The effort, which can be purchased on Bandcamp, features Zombi’s remix of Uniform‘s “Shame“ and Uniform’s remix of Zombi’s “XYZT.“

Uniform’s Michael Berdan commented:

“What a wild time to be alive! As many of you know, we released ‘Shame’ this past fall. If you’ve been paying attention you might have noticed we haven’t played any shows lately. Come to think of it, hardly anyone’s played any shows for about a solid year. It feels like we’re living in a collective purgatory most of the time. As much as human interaction freaks me out, I kind of almost miss it? Almost.

Just about every musician on the planet has been effectively sidelined without touring income for about a day short of forever now. Although the vaccines are coming around and the end of the pandemic might be in sight, chances aren’t realistically good for live music to make a full comeback until 2022. In layperson’s terms: We’re all fucked.

While we’re all out of commission with no money and nothing but time on our hands, we figured we might as well make the best of a bad situation by working on a big project with some friends and hopefully making some much needed cash. Starting this Bandcamp Friday and continuing for the next few months, we’ll be teaming up with an artist we admire to remix a song from each other. First up in this remix series will be Zombi.

Zombi are an important band to us. The music that Steve and Tony make continually treads new and inspiring ground while building and improving upon the horror soundtrack template laid out by legends like Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, and Riz Ortolani. Their most recent album is called ‘2020’ and it was a major favorite of us in the Uniform camp last year. Zombi are master musicians and incredible human beings who we are honored to have as friends. Uniform have remixed Zombi’s ‘XYZT‘ and Zombi have remixed Uniform’s ‘Shame.’ We all hope you like it. We all hope you buy it. We all need the money.”

Uniform Premiere “Life In Remission” Video

Uniform have premiered a new video for their new song “Life In Remission.” This track is from their new album “Shame,” which was released today (September 11).

Frontman Michael Berdan commented:

“The lyrics of ‘Life In Remission‘ deal with loss, guilt, and the facade of a stable life. It’s about the persistent voice in my head constantly telling me that I’m a fraud and urging me toward self destruction. It’s about becoming numb to tragedy. It’s about seeing those around me suffer and die and knowing all too well that it just as easily could have been me a million times over. It’s a song of equal parts anger, regret, and cold despondency.”

Director A.F. Cortes added:

“With this video, I wanted to use the body as a communication tool of chaos. A deconstruction story told through ritual and action. Two friends’ bond is gone wrong from a visceral and perverse perspective. Inspired by abstract expressionism, instead of playing opposites with the music, I wanted to match its intensity like a Jackson Pollock painting, a piece that feels filthy, messy, claustrophobic, yet beautiful and contained.”

Uniform Premiere New Song “Shame”

Uniform have shared the title track of their new album “Shame.” That effort will be released on September 11. Michael Berdan commented:

“‘Shame‘ is the song that sets the thematic tone for the rest of the record, which seems appropriate for a title track. It is a portrait of someone riddled with regret in the process of drinking themselves to death. Night after night they sit in dark reflection, pouring alcohol down their throat in order to become numb enough to fall asleep. I took inspiration from a few stories of alcoholic implosion, namely Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and John O’Brien’s Leaving Las Vegas. The line ‘That’s why I drink. That’s why I weep’ appears in homage to Rod Sterling’s Twilight Zone episode Night of the Meek.”

Uniform Premiere “Dispatches From The Gutter” Music Video

Uniform have premiered a new video for their new song “Dispatches From The Gutter.” This track is from their new album “Shame,” which will be released on September 11.

Director Jacqueline Castel commented:

“The video was approached as a documented mass sigil informed by the historical and philosophical concept of self-immolation, performed under the lunar eclipse of Independence Day. Participants were asked to bring personal offerings to burn, and were given a directive to write down their intentions for the future, which were attached with accelerants to an effigy that was later cremated. It was a symbolic act of releasing what we wish to abandon, and an invocation of what we wish to rebuild.”

Frontman Michael Berdan added:

“Aside from being a dear friend, Jacqueline has been a favorite director of all of ours for a very long time. Her stark aesthetic and eye for detail is without parallel. No one could have been better suited to create a visual representation of this song.

‘Dispatches from the Gutter‘ takes equal inspiration from Malcom Lowry‘s ‘Under the Volcano‘ and Alan Moore‘s ‘Batman: The Killing Joke‘. It is about the fine line that many of us live on between times of relative stability and utter chaos, and what life is like once that fragile threshold is breached.”

Uniform Premiere New Song “Delco”, Reveal Details For New Album “Shame”

Uniform have premiered a new song titled “Delco.” This track is from the band’s new album “Shame,” which will be released on September 11.

Michael Berdan said the following about the new song:

“During my adolescence I would get routinely picked on and beat up by some of the kids in the neighborhood who I desperately wanted to like me. The more beatings I caught, the more I’d go back to try and impress them. My self esteem was nonexistent and I developed psychological calluses. I learned to repeat some of the behaviors that had been leveled my way on those beneath me in the pecking order.

In time, I became numb. Getting older and attempting to reconcile with personal demons surrounding depression, anxiety and substance abuse has forced me to take a long, hard look at my childhood. In the process I’ve realized to degrees just how I’ve perpetuated learned cycles of harm. A terrified part of me is still a little kid in Delco. This song is an exercise in trying to come to terms with these ghosts and let go. Some days are better than others.”

He also commented on the new record:

“Thematically, the album is like a classic hard-boiled paperback novel without a case. It focuses on the static state of an antihero as he mulls over his life in the interim between major events, just existing in the world. At the time we were making the record, I was reading books by Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, and Dashiell Hammet and strangely found myself identifying with the internal dialogues of characters like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.”

He continued:

“I wanted my words to carry a degree of weight on this record. Books and cinema have always been integral to my life, and that is often because of how I relate to the themes and characters therein. I am naturally shy and terrified of being misunderstood. This time around, I endeavored to trudge through those fears in order to explicitly articulate what goes on in a dreary corner of my inner life.

To put it plainly: I was in a dark place. It was the culmination of years of thinking everyone in the world was wrong, but me. I realized that I couldn’t control the attitudes and behaviors of other people, but it was my responsibility to look inward and fix what was there. I had to articulate what was going on in my heart, my head, and my soul.

As I set about the task of writing everything down, I experienced exorcism. If I wanted any kind of reprieve, I had to let go of the narrative that the demons in the back of my head had been constantly whispering to me. For years I held onto my lyrics like personal diary entries. Now is the time for a different approach.”

“Shame” Track Listing:

01. “Delco”
02. “The Shadow Of God’s Hand”
03. “Life In Remission”
04. “Shame”
05. “All We’ve Ever Wanted”
06. “Dispatches From The Gutter”
07. “This Won’t End Well”
08. “I Am The Cancer”

Thou, The Soft Moon, Marissa Nadler, Etc. Cover Black Sabbath For New Tribute Album

A new tribute to Black Sabbath’s self-titled album has been released digitally via Bandcamp. Physical copies will be available on May 29. Here’s the track listing:

01. The Soft Moon – “Black Sabbath”
02. Molchat Doma – “Небеса и Ад” (“Heaven And Hell“)
03. Thou – “Supernaut”
04. Marissa Nadler – “Solitude”
05. Hilary Woods – “N.I.B.”
06. Zola Jesus – “Changes”
07. Moon Duo – “Planet Caravan”
08. Dean Hurley – “Warning” (Bar Band Version)
09. Uniform – “Symptom Of The Universe”

Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Etc. Added To 2020 Oblivion Access Festival

More artists have been added to the 2020 Oblivion Access festival. The event will take place on June 5-7 at Barracuda, Empire Control Room & Garage, and Mohawk in Austin, TX and it will now feature: Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, Duster, Converge, Zola Jesus, Vio-lence, Lil Ugly Mane, Repulsion, A Place To Bury Strangers, Melt-Banana, Windhand, Coven, Despise You, Mike, Uniform & The Body (collaborative set), Anna Von Hausswolff, Kool Keith, Cough, Thou, Wormrot, Ringworm, Acid Witch, True Widow, Bastard Noise, Fury, Primitive Man, Mizmor, Uniform, Hell, Boan, Yellow Eyes, Big Brave, Candy, Troller, Vermin Womb, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Outer Heaven, Immortal Bird, Portrayal Of Guilt, Creeping Death, Judiciary, Acid Fab, Ulthar, Vile Creature, Many Blessings, Sub Oslo, Grivo, Saintpeeler, Blank Hellscape, Private Service, Shitbag, and Wolfie Warship.