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What if the antihero in your favorite film or book had no chance to repent, reconcile, or redeem himself? There’s no victim to rescue. There’s no evil to thwart. Instead of saving the day against his better judgment, he just walks a Sisyphean circle of existential malaise doomed to repeat yesterday’s vices without the promise of a better tomorrow. Rather than tell this story on the screen or on the page, Uniform tell it on their fourth full-length album, Shame. The trio – Michael Berdan (vocals), Ben Greenberg (guitar, production), and Mike Sharp (drums) – strain struggle through an industrialized mill of grating guitars, warped electronics, war-torn percussion, and demonically catchy vocalizations. Born in 2013, Uniform bulldozed to the forefront of underground music. Following Perfect World (2015) and Wake in Fright (2017), The Long Walk (2018), represented a critical high watermark. After touring with the likes of Deafheaven and Boris, they joined forces with The Body for collab albums Mental Wounds Not Healing (2018) and Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (2019) and the live album, Live at the End of the World (2020). When it came time to pen Shame, Berdan made a conscious decision to include lyrics, marking one first; along with the debut of Mike Sharp on drums, who’s presence grinds down their metallic industrial edge with a live percussive maelstrom, and the hand off of the mix to the inimitable Randall Dunn. The result is Uniform’s most powerful offering to date.

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