The furious yowling on each track off Uniform’s Perfect World belies some pretty arresting compositional finery. The duo, comprising one-time members of the avant-garde ensemble Zs and the punky Drunkdriver, underwent what must have been a ridiculous act of synthesis to arrive at Uniform’s trenchant, rusted cynicism. It’s all related in industrial terms, and shot through with the spirit of Los Angeles’ the Screamers.
Uniform, a new Brooklyn duo composed of ex-The Men bassist Ben Greenberg and ex-Drunkdriver singer Michael Berdan, don't joke around when it comes to their dreary worldview. Perfect World is not meant as an optimistic title; it suggests the will to perfection choking the humanity out of the populace. The band name furthers that notion. World's cover, a sigil of a cross and death's sickle, is imposing and cryptic.
Keeping true to the promise of their name, the Brooklyn duo Uniform has chosen to make consistency central to their motif. When they began creating music together in the cracks of their busy schedules in 2013, neighbors Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver, Believer/Law) and Ben Greenberg (the Men, Hubble, Pygmy Shrews) decided to approach lacking as a virtue and a challenge. Uniform’s arsenal consists of a guitar scorched via “a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids”, an Akai XR20 drum machine, Berdan’s scowling vocals, and a mean synthesizer.
At the heart of experimental music is an aim toward the aspirational. High-minded tinkerers evoke future utopias for the world of organized sound, offering statements of what is and and imagining what could be. It’s a place where boundaries between the dance floor, the bedroom, and the lecture ….
Uniform is a double-edged moniker – a misnomer that somehow still exemplifies the bracing industrial-fused skree that emanates from within. The duo consists Ben Greenberg (The Men, Hubble, Pygmy Shrews) and Michael Berdan (Drunkdriver, Believer/Law). This collaboration prompts an expulsion of sonic viscera that is deceptively devilish in its delivery, but also bound by the self-imposed "templatising" of using limited gear to produce their brand of noise.