If you’re a regular at our city’s less risk-averse music venues, chances are you’re familiar with Uniform, the industrial noise duo consisting of local acerbic virtuoso Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men, Pygmy Shrews) and Drunkdriver’s Michael Berdan. Since their formation in late 2013, they’ve opened for everyone from The Ukiah Drag to Trenchgrinder to Zola Jesus. I can’t even remember who I saw them play with last year at Saint Vitus (White Lung, maybe?), but their brief, astringent set stayed with me, maybe because they were the first band to blow the amps at the fucking METAL BAR. Pretty impressive. I didn’t even realize Ben Greenberg was up there at the time, and I’m a fan of pretty much everything else he’s ever done. So that was a cool, affirming surprise when I looked them up afterwards.
Over the past year, the seemingly improvisational nature of their music began to take form, first as the Our Blood / Of Sound Mind and Body single, and on June 9, as their forthcoming debut LP, Perfect World, which will be released on 12XU. The title track has since surfaced, on which Greenberg runs his guitar through a “cheap 80’s preamp marketed to metal kids,” and it shows. It’s a sludgy bit of downtuned, midtempo doom, interspersed with pulsing bass and Berdan’s snarling reverbed promise to “curse the ground you walk on.” The track is deliberately raw; a junky Akai XR20 handling percussion, but meticulously produced and arranged, as you’d expect from a Ben Greenberg project.
Uniform’s next show is at Output, of all places (for the absolutely bonkers RBMA bill with Genesis P-Orridge, Pharmakon, Pruriet and Marshstepper, among others), so they’ll have to try pretty friggin hard to blow the speakers on their 72,000 watt soundsystem, but hey, maybe they can pull it off. I suggest you see if they’re up to the task yourself.
While we’re on the subject of ear-splitting industrial noise, GODMODE has a new cassette comp out, called American Music, featuring a diverse array of fuzzy slices of sun-kissed Americana from the likes of… err… Yvette, Kill Alters and Excepter. Seriously though, while the label was previously known for post-punk and noise releases, the title fits in the context of a collection of “interesting” music coming out of “America.” The poppy gentle house of Soft Lit’s “I Can’t Help It,” is the tablesetter for an eclectic tape that will probably disappoint those who have come to expect comps full of tracks like Yvette’s “I Don’t Need Anything From Anybody,” and Kill Alter’s “A09.” Don’t fall into that trap. “I Can’t Help It” is the lightest and most inoffensive song here. It’s a clear message that this tape is going in a different direction. The noise is there, but this is more of a dance record, and in between the abrasive bursts, are some pretty strong electro tracks; particularly the offerings from Hand of God, Breeding Program, Fissuers and especially Shamir. It’s worth a spin in its entirety. Or uhhh, whatever the saying is for cassettes.
Some bands just feel like Brooklyn. Lost Boy? is one of those bands; probably because I’ve seen them play Shea Stadium a couple hundred times over the past few years. The former home-recording project of Davey Jones (also of the great punk band Baked) has grown into a fully fleshed-out band on their new LP Canned. It came out a couple of days ago via Paper Cup. The record never strays too far off of the Burger Records garage-y pop-punk template, but that’s okay. This is just solid, fun pop music done right. “Hemorrhage” veers a little off the course into a Parquet Courts-like post-Pavement jam, perhaps accentuated by the slacker vocal stylings of Bueno’s Luke Chiaruttini. He’s DJing Lost Boy’s next show at Shea Stadium on April 18 with Sharkmuffin, the always awesome Washer and Curtainboy Books.
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Aviv have been riding that new venue hot streak HARD lately, and this Friday is one of their strongest bills yet. Brooklyn’s own DIY From Above drum and bass duo Vulture Shit are playing their first show as a trio after adding Cocksnot’s guitarist Jimmy Hondricks. Listen to their new track “AARP” off the amazing free new Mirror Universe/Serenity Tapes compilation Without A Trace above. They’re joined by off-kilter sludge punks Show Me The Body and one of my absolute favorite BK bands, 90’s guitar indie devotees Flagland. Soda Bomb, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers are also on the bill, and it’s just $8. See you there?