LISTEN: Uniform & The Body Reconvene for “Penance”

The East Coast’s noisiest collab are teaming up for their second Sacred Bones LP, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back.

Last summer, New York industrial duo Uniform and Providence shrieky experimentalists The Body assembled to remind us just how dark the lyrics to Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” really are. Mental Wounds Not Healing provided some of the best work from both bands’ catalogs, from the thumping crescendo of “Come and See” to the emotive power electronics flexed on closer “Empty Comforts.” 

Today, the groups are announcing their second collaboration, the wordily titled Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back, with a less atmospheric take on their industrial-horror sound. “Penance” embraces the religious trope of the record’s title (this time spotlighting a Springsteen line), with Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan tearing into Catholic hypocrisy (“I grew up surrounded by religious types who could act like monsters six days out of the week as long as they were willing to say ‘sorry’ to some priest and pray a rosary on the seventh,” he notes). The track itself is more upbeat than what we’ve previously heard, drawing from the dark pop of an ’80s act like Depeche Mode. 

Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back is out August 16 on Sacred Bones. You can pre-order the record here.

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