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Uniform To Release New Album “Shame” In September, Debut “Delco”


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Uniform have announced a September 11th release for their new album “Shame” via Sacred Bones Records. The opening track “Delco” (short for ‘Delaware County’) has been premiered in advance with frontman Michael Berdan having the following to say about it:

“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.

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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.”

As for the album, Berdan offered:

“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.”

Mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room), the outing marks the band’s first effort with drummer Mike Sharp. Pre-orders are available here.

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

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