Uniform (band)

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Uniform
Origin New York, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active2013 (2013)–present
Labels
Associated acts The Body
Website unifuckingform.com
Members
  • Michael Berdan
  • Ben Greenberg
  • Mike Sharp
Past membersGreg Fox

Uniform is an American industrial metal band, formed in 2013 in New York by vocalist Michael Berdan and guitarist Ben Greenberg. The current line-up of the band features Mike Sharp on drums.

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History

Greenberg previously played with The Men and Pygmy Shrews whereas Berdan sang for Drunkdriver and York Factory Complaint. [1] The band came together after Greenberg and Berdan, who played in bands 3 years prior, started living on the same street. [2] The duo recorded their eponymous 12" single, which was released in 2014. Their debut studio album, 2015's Perfect World , was issued on Alter Records. For the release of 2016's Ghosthouse EP, the band signed to Sacred Bones Records. [1]

2017 saw the release of the band's second album, Wake in Fright . Following the tour with experimental metal band The Body, Berdan contributed to their 2018 album I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer., and the bands released a collaborative record Mental Wounds Not Healing. [1] The band also enlisted Liturgy and Zs drummer Greg Fox for its third studio album, 2018's The Long Walk . [3] A second collaborative album with The Body, titled Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back, was issued in 2019. [4] In January 2020, the band released the track "Awakening" as a part of the Adult Swim single series. [5] In June 2020, the band announced their fourth album, Shame , and released its lead single "Delco". [6] The second single from the album, "Dispatches From the Gutter," was released in July 2020 with an accompanying music video. [7] Released on September 11, 2020, the record was mixed by Randall Dunn and features Mike Sharp on drums. [8] [9]

Musical style

Uniform's style has been described as industrial metal, [6] [10] [11] noise rock, [1] [12] [13] industrial rock [6] [12] and industrial punk. [14] The band incorporates elements from industrial music, thrash metal and power electronics; [1] according to Luca Cimarusti of Chicago Reader , the band "continually streamlined their sound, toying with Wax Trax! industrial, straightforward punk, and electronic synth swaths—sometimes all at once." [13] Their second record,Wake in Fright, has brought together elements from EBM, hardcore and noise, [14] while "leaning more heavily towards their hardcore and metal heritage" than their debut album, Perfect. [10] AllMusic's Paul Simpson compared the record to "an overdriven version of Ministry's most thrash-influenced material, while likening Berdan's vocals to those of David Yow and "a severely electroshocked David Thomas." [12] Pitchfork's Andy O'Connor has compared the "mangled, mid-paced guitar riffs" on The Long Walk to "Celtic Frost recorded through a series of budget amps and distortion pedals, then played at deafening volume." [15]

The band's live setup features heavy use of drum machines, bass synthesizers and multiple guitar amplifiers; [1] Berdan additionally works on electronic instruments such as synthesizers and sequencers while Greenberg handles drum programming, synthesizer parts and production. [2] Perfect World was recorded with a single bass synthesizer and a drum machine; for its follow-up Wake in Fright, the band sought to "get a bigger sound" by the use of sampling and sequencing on Pro Tools. [2] [16] Samples of gunshots and explosions were also used to produce rhythm tracks. [17] Introduction of on Greg Fox's live drums on The Long Walk necessitated pre-production and modifications on Greenberg's guitar rig; his modified rig enabled him to trigger the bass synthesizer while playing the guitar. [2] [18] Live drums on the follow-up record, Shame, were performed by Mike Sharp; the record featured "various shades of heavy, electronically charged rock," [19] while incorporating elements from doom metal, black metal and thrash metal. [19] [20]

Members

Current members
Past members
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Discography

Studio albums
Collaborative albums
EPs
Singles
Music videos

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