Back in June, NYC industrial-punk outfit Uniform offered up “Delco,” the gnarly, driving lead single off 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 available for pre-order now. Today (July 22nd), the band is back with Shame’s second single, the evocatively titled “Dispatches From the Gutter,” which arrives accompanied by a vivid, black-and-white music video directed by Jacqueline Castel and seething with the incendiary zeitgeist of our current times of unrest and discord.
“This video was approached as a documented mass sigil informed by the historical and philosophical concept of self-immolation, performed under the lunar eclipse of Independence Day,” Castel commented. “Participants were asked to bring personal offerings to burn, and were given a directive to write down their intentions for the future, which were attached with accelerants to an effigy that was later cremated. It was a symbolic act of releasing what we wish to abandon, and an invocation of what we wish to rebuild.”
Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan added, “Aside from being a dear friend, Jacqueline has been a favorite director of all of ours for a very long time. Her stark aesthetic and eye for detail is without parallel. No one could have been better suited to create a visual representation of this song. ‘Dispatches from the Gutter’ takes equal inspiration from Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano and Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. It is about the fine line that many of us live on between times of relative stability and utter chaos, and what life is like once that fragile threshold is breached.”
Watch and listen below.