Boris And Uniform Share “Not Surprised”

On June 16th, Boris and Uniform will unleash their ferocious collaborative LP Bright New Disease (Sacred Bone Records). The album captures the fearless exploration and unbridled power of both bands’ live performances.  Boris’s rock heroics, lysergic sprawl, and monolithic sludge are met by Uniform’s mechanized bombardments and frenzied assaults.  “It sounds like the crystalized essence of both bands at the heights of their creative abilities,” says Uniform’s Michael Berdan. “It is a testament of friendship and hope in the face of a world on fire.”

Today, the album’s harrowing second single “Not Surprised” has surfaced.  The track— the album’s closer— was written with its position on a setlist in mind. “I thought it would be appropriate for the last song on the album,” says Boris’s Atsuo, “and I imagined that it would be just as cathartic if we played it at the end of the show as well.”  On “Not Surprised,” the amps are on ten; the sparring drums collide and collapse; everything vibrates to the same gut-liquifying frequency.

The lyrics to “Not Surprised” are just as vital. Berdan comments, “I’ve struggled with mental health issues for my entire life. Although years of hard work, medication, and a support network help immensely at keeping the internal violence of my mind at bay, some days will always be a little worse than others. This song is about the inherent loneliness of those bad days. The level of antipathy I feel towards the entire human race as I’m forced to function around regular people who seem to be just enjoying their life goes beyond words, but I tried to say it here anyway.”

“Not Surprised” arrives alongside a brilliant music video directed by A.F. Cortes.  He comments, “I wanted (and had to) approach this piece from a visceral and experimental perspective. After listening to the song, I created a dark and surreal film reflecting the track’s themes and mood, leaving my comfort zone and turning some of my processes upside down– literally.”  Cortes continues, “The overarching theme of the piece is a cycle of violence; this is my interpretation of the music, not necessarily the authors’. We live in a never-ending cycle of violence; humans are as good at creating as destroying. In the video, the hunted becomes the hunter and then is hunted again. But who wins?”

Boris Live Dates: 
24/05/23: Krawkow, PL – Kwadrat
25/05/23: Brno, CZ – Kabinet Muz
26/05/23: Innsbruck, AT – Heart Of Noise Fest
27/05/23: Fribourg, CH – Fri-Son
28/05/23: Turin, IT – Jazz Is Dead Festival
29/05/23: Bologna, IT – Freakout Club
30/05/23: Milan, IT – Legend Club
01/06/23: Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
03/06/23: Lisbon, PT – ZDB
04/06/23: Braga, PT – Gnration
08/06/23: Madrid, ES – Primavera Sound

Uniform Live Dates:

28/06/23: Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang 
29/06/23: Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival 
30/06/23: Stockholm, SE – HUS7 
01/07/23: Göteborg, SE – Hemligheten 
02/07/23: Malmo, SE – Plan B 
04/07/23: Lodz, PL – Przestrzen 
05/07/23: Warsaw, PL – Voodoo
06/07/23: Berlin, DE – Urban Spree 
07/07/23: Tilburg, NL – Little Devil 
08/07/23: Ypres, BE – Ieperfest 
10/07/23: Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn 
11/07/23: Paris, FR – La Boule Noire  
12/07/23: Antwerp, BE – AMC 
13/07/23: Leipzig, DE – Soltmann 
14/07/23: Kutna Hora, CZ – Creepy Teepee Festival