Things weren’t always this good for Rickly. Thursday had been spinning their wheels for a while when they finally broke up in 2011. "We used to joke around, Tucker [Rule, drummer] and I," Rickly remembers. "In between songs, he'd do this" — Rickly mimes sticking a punchcard into a machine — "and that would mean he was punching the clock that night. If the guy that’s the engine, in the middle of the band, is like, 'This is just a job,' you feel it resonate through the whole band. Alternately, sometimes, I'd be getting water and looking at him, and he'd be laughing and going, 'You are so not happy.' When you’re interfacing with the...
What we get in punk these days is the “anti-anti”: Someone comes up with something, then the next generation is against that, and then the next generation is against that, and then that thing becomes a problem. There's these layers of anti-, and so many of them are just so self-serving. It's not about larger freedom. Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! are one of the only punk rock things I've seen in years. And that's what [The Next Four Years] is about, starting with "Serious Business" as a joke about careerism and privilege and how blind we all are. All these songs are set up as jokes, and the...
United Nations has signed to Temporary Residence Ltd. and will release a new LP, The Next Four Years, on July 15th.
1. Serious Business
2. Meanwhile On Main Street
3. Revolutions At Varying Speeds
4. False Flags
5. United Nations Find God
6. Between Two Mirrors
7. Fuck The Future
8. Stole The Past
9. United Nations Vs. United Nations
11. Music For Changing Parties
The Fest has added The Melvins, United Nations, Chris Farren / Antarctigo Vespucci and more to their 2014 lineup. Check out the most recent update in the replies and all previously announced bands over yonder. Tickets for Fest 13 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2) and Pre-Fest in Little Ybor 2 (Oct. 29-30) are available now.
MTV has written an informative article about how United Nations' new album may not be able to be sold in stores due to copyright issues. There is also great discussion on the ideals behind the band and the response from their myspace feature.
Did you say, "I wouldn't call myself a critic, per se, but in my immediate peer group I'm known to be 'in the know.' As a matter of fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with a record collection that's half as good as mine. And seriously, that dude just can't sing. AUTO-TUNE central... I did intern in a studio, once, not really sure how it's possible for him to be both out of key and Auto-Tuned but whatever, worst singer ever."
Our friends at AltPress recently did an interview with Geoff Rickly (United Nations) about how the new band came about, the realization that they are screamo, and a new album that is similar to Kidz Bop (seriously). Check it out here. Hey, new album posted on their myspace tomorrow?
01 - “The Spinning Heart of the Yo-Yo Lobby”
02 - “No Sympathy For A Sinking Ship”
03 - “Resolution #9″
04 - “Model UN”
05 - “The Shape of Punk That Never Came”
06 - “My Cold War”
07 - “Filmed In Front of A Live Studio Audience”
08 - “Revolutions In Graphic Design”
09 - “I Keep Living The Same Day”
10 - “Subliminal Testing”
11 - “Say Goodbye to General Figment of the USS Imagination”
United Nations' self-titled release will be available on September 9, 2008 through Eyeball Records. The band, much ballyhooed for its inclusion of members from influential groups Thursday and Glassjaw, is described as "[featuring] prominent members of two bands you love, one band you hate and a few you never heard of." Pre-order the album here.