Over seven years and three albums, NYC industrial-punk crew Uniform have offered up some of the most devastating sounds rattling the underground. They’ve just announced their fourth full-length, Shame, the group’s first since their expansion from a duo to a trio with the addition of drummer Mike Sharp. The album is due out September 11th via Sacred Bones Records, and ahead of the big drop, the group has offered up the LP’s lead single, “Delco.” The song — a gnarly, driving metallic cut — draws on the pain and repercussions of singer Michael Berdan’s youth, which was marked by constant bullying, an experience he’s still recovering from and reconciling with.
“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,” he recalled. “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. 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.”
Stream the song below via YouTube. The cover art to Shame was created by Hide’s Heather Gabel. You can pre-order the album here.