NYC’s brooding noise-rockers Uniform have just revealed a dark, visual portrait to accompany the release of their new single “Dispatches from the Gutter.”
The video was directed by acclaimed short subject director Jacqueline Castel, who has done work with David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch, and presently acts as in-house director for Uniform’s label, Sacred Bones. Her current projects include the filming of an erotic thrillER she co-wrote with Sasha Grey and the direction of a supernatural drama titled My Animal, whose screenplay was written by Jae Matthews of Boy Harsher.
The video for “Dispatches from the Gutter” was filmed and directed by Castel in New York on July 4of this year. It’s a gritty, apocalyptic vision that matches the fatalistic tone of Uniform’s harrowing new song. “Dispatches from the Gutter” will appear on Uniform’s forthcoming record, Shame due out on September 11on Sacred Bones.
The video is best described by Castel herself, who says:
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. 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.
For Uniform’s vocalist Michael Berdan, electing to have Castel direct the video was an obvious choice:
Aside from being a dear friend, Jacqueline has been a favorite 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.
Berdan further elaborates on the themes and inspiration for the song and what he hopes fans will take away from it:
‘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.
Check out the video for “Dispatches from the Gutter” below.
Uniform’s forthcoming record will be their first since Mike Sharp joined the band, giving their sound an added burst of pugnacious hardcore punk propulsion that is refined by the grounded acoustic-sensitivities of producer Randall Dunn, who has worked in the past with Marissa Nadler and Earth.