Queen City Sounds Podcast Ep. 8: Michael Berdan of Uniform and the Transformative Power of Listening

Uniform, photo by Ebru Yildiz

Uniform is an industrial hardcore band from New York that came out of the city’s punk and extreme music scene. Its fiery and abrasive electronic onslaught articulates issues of existential confusion and frustration with the destructive forces of society and within our own minds and clawing a path to catharsis. The group’s 2020 album Shame (Sacred Bones Records) is perhaps its most accessible but also its most deeply personal and raw.

Singer Michael Berdan grew up getting into punk and edgier metal and Singer Michael Berdan grew up getting into punk and edgier metal and eventually helped found Drunkdriver. But in 2011 when stories of drummer Jeremy Villalobos’ rape allegations started coming to light, Berdan left the band citing the aforementioned acts and, with the help of people who wouldn’t coddle him, set about trying to confront any mindsets and behaviors in himself that might have a chance of leading to abusive behavior of any kind.

Uniform got together in 2013 when friend and former bandmate in other projects, Ben Greenberg moved in down the street from Berdan and the two Uniform got together in 2013 when friend and former bandmate in other projects, Ben Greenberg moved in down the street from Berdan .The two shared an interest in industrial music, noise and punk that they used those sounds and textures as a vehicle to express feelings of alienation and comment on that state of the culture and the world. With confrontational performances has connected with fans and other bands leading to multiple collaborations with noise rock duo The Body resulting in an expansion of the scope of its themes and its expanding soundscaping palette.

We recently spoke with Berdan about his early days in music, his handling of the breakup of Drunkdriver and the ever evolving songcraft of Uniform. You can listen to that interview on Bandcamp linked below and you can catch Uniform with Portrayal of Guilt and Body Void at HQ on Monday, November 8, 2021.

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