Iceage, Uniform, Violent End 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., May 21, 9 p.m. 2014

There was no chance that Uniform would make anything but hateful, punishing noise, not considering its members’ track records: this brand-new New York duo consists of Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan. Greenberg currently plays in the Men, and he’s been shaping the sound of Brooklyn noise rock for years, not only with his riffing in the defunct Pygmy Shrews and his guitar wizardry in Zs, but also as a recording engineer for the likes of Pampers, White Suns, and Drunkdriver—possibly the best noise-rock band of the current generation. Berdan fronted Drunkdriver, and his damaged, self-loathing confessionals added hideous groans and shrieks to the band’s unrelenting gusts of feedback. Uniform perfectly amalgamates these two fucked-up musical minds: driving, rudimentary industrial beats and manic vocals fight through a wall of gross, nihilistic, distorted guitar in a desperate attempt to reach your ears intact. The two songs on their debut 12-inch, due in June on Beggar’s Tomb, run seven and ten minutes, and their structures and progressions unfold with merciless patience—they drag you into Berdan’s recorded nervous breakdowns and don’t let go till you’re in pain. This show is only Uniform’s second ever, and at their New York City debut in April, they played so loud that the PA caught fire. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $12

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