GRIMY GOODS: STONEFIELD AND UNI PACK THE BOOTLEG THEATER ON A SLOW MONDAY, TAKING THE REINS FOR LA’S BEST RESIDENCY OF THE MONTH
"For spectacle alone, Uni – a New York trio descended from the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Charlotte Kemp Muhl's psychedelic enterprise with Sean Lennon – scored points: Muhl's silver-plated Hofner bass and matching lipstick; guitarist David Strange's Mahavishnu-style double-necked Gibson; singer Nico Fuzz's homemade-pyro effect during "Mushroom Cloud." But there was invention as well as posture in the music, an earnest, retrospective immersion in Seventies prog-rock exaggeration served with glitter-rock bang. If Procol Harum and Spooky Tooth had chosen to make records like the Sweet, they might have sounded like Uni. But they wouldn't have looked this good." - Rolling StoneRead More
"Their latest single, “DDT”, features a glitzy glam sound which also evokes the psychedelic rock of the ‘60s. It’s accompanied by a trippy, NSFW video directed by Kemp herself that simulates what one would imagine it’s like to view the world through a lava lamp while on acid." - Consequence of Sound
Read more about the song and video here! Order the new 7" single, Mushroom Cloud b/w DDT, at www.chimeramusic.com
photo: Shayne Hanley
"Uni...further secured their spot as one of the city’s coolest up-and-coming groups. It was the kind of rock show you could watch on repeat and still get lost in the smallest moments; suspense…climax…suspense…climax in an ever-enticing tug-of-war."
full article here!
Surprise! New video, Mushroom Cloud, is out now via Rolling Stone 💣
"The group turned to animation in the new clip, which includes an extra-jowly cartoon Trump and nuclear bombs that resemble penises. Uni's rock reaches back to the early Seventies, melding pristine harmonies, distorted guitar and clobbering drums." - read the full premiere here
pre-order our next 7", coming Spring 2018, on Chimera Music!
Sounds_App: @charlottekempmuhl reveals which songs she’s most inspired by, check them out! 🐐
1. Ian Dury's "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick", because he's the seediest, sexiest sadist, much like Lou Reed and Nick Cave but even more lurid and raw. He had a gimp arm yet was a wild cat onstage, sweaty and possessed like a creature from the underworld.
See the full instagram post with all of Kemp's picks here!
"To give you a taste of what to expect, the group curated a Dowsers playlist that salutes their glitter-rock gods—and provided these highly informative, totally fact-checked, irrefutable liner notes about each song’s creation:"
Gentle Giant, “The Queen”
This song was inspired by a notorious crossdressing hermaphrodite who lived in the underground tunnels beneath Leicester Square in the winter of 1976. She only had three teeth, ate nothing but fish and chips, and prowled the streets in a tattered sequin negligee mumbling about “Churchill’s black dog” and the “goddam war.”
Read the full article with all of the picks here!
Firstly congratulations on the new single What’s The Problem? An amazing track and one that has an equally amazing video clip. Not content with just writing and performing the track you also directed the clip. Can you elaborate on how the concept for how the single took shape. An idea with a very precise storyboard or a little more of an organic approach that unfolded as filming took place?
We thought that song would be a good introduction to our aesthetic, which is inspired by both the 70's and the 90's. David (Strange) and I wrote it a while ago, it's actually the first song we ever recorded. For the video, I wanted to shoot on 16 millimeter and create some studio portraits like Diane Arbus or John Waters spoofing 1950's gender roles. I was also inspired by the Life On Mars video, which is so simple yet texturally striking, with his bold colors and makeup against the white background. Plus Pulp's video for Babies a bit... - Charlotte Kemp Muhl
- read the full interview here
"Interviewing the three members of Uni was sort of like playing Mad Libs, charades, and 2 Truths and a Lie all at the same time. It was absurdly tricky to distinguish fact from fantasy, sarcasm from sincerity; oftentimes, they were rambling over each other with comical contradictions, deciding in real time what they didn’t want put into an article, and laughing all the while." - read the full feature here!
"Uni wasted no time with words, rocking straight through songs...on their setlist, each one brimming with 70s-era grooves and the possibilities of a whole new divergent scene." - read the full review here!
Diandra Reviews It All: Uni Turn Music Into A Psychotropic Drug At Baby’s All Right (Concert Review)
"In a world that can applaud the cut of creative arts but praise the notions of war, UNI arise to show there is nothing stronger than creating art. They colorfully push social boundaries in music and presence to reveal that boundaries can be more farcical than foundational. Thus, at Baby’s All Right, they formed what can be deemed as the coolest band alive." - read the full review here!
FEMMUSIC: What was the vision of the band in style and music?
CKM: We were listening to a lot of Ziggy Stardust, T Rex, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Beastie Boys and The Kinks at the time, so there’s a lot of 70’s glam influences with rock/prog riffs and sometimes a 90’s flavor.
Read the full interview here!