Uniform: Dispatches From The Gutter

Dispatches From The Gutter is the second single revealed off Shame, the anticipated new album by New York's Uniform. The song comes attached to an exceptional video created by filmmaker and director, Jacqueline Castel.

The 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 explains. “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.

Michael Berdan talks about the clip, as well as the song's intent: “Aside from being a dear friend, Jacqueline has been a favourite 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 Malcom 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."

An industrial punk exemplar along the same line of the sound for which Uniform have attracted the attention of the underground world since their debut, Perfect World, from five years ago, the new song and video augment the high expectations about the band's coming record, and exhibit more of their songwriting growth, and their consistently grabbing aesthetics.

Band photo by Ebru Yildiz

Video directed by Jacqueline Castel

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