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United Nations’ new album making noises ahead of release

United Nations - The Next Four Years album art

Last month it came to light that United Nations, the powerviolence supergroup featuring Thursday‘s Geoff Rickly, are releasing a long-awaited second album this summer. The album, which now has the title The Next Four Years, will be an amalgamation of banned and unavailable music from the last few years. Speaking then, Rickly said:

“The idea is it’s all the seven inches that got banned, because we were actually sued by the United Nations, so we tried releasing a lot of music all over the world. We were successful in some parts; we did a cassette called Illegal U.N.and we had a Serious Business 7″ that was banned in Russia, so it’s like basically all the banned music we ever tried to get out there in the last couple of years put together on one album. And it actually totally works; for some reason it sounds like a full-length, so that’s the way we’re releasing it.”

So whilst the music isn’t entirely new, for most of us it will be, and putting it all together in one place is mighty handy.

As we’re not so far away from release now, the band have put the track “Serious Business” up for streaming, which you can hear right here:

This is an important release. United Nations, for all their infrequency, have stood as a beacon of independence since their inception. They’re principled and emotional, and I think that’s incredibly important in this genre. They also don’t take themselves entirely too seriously – I mean, the Reagan masks are case and point there – and what better mode of anarchy than laughing in the face of globalisation? If that’s your thing, then these are your guys.

The Next Four Years is due July 15th via Temporary Residence Ltd.

United Nations will be hitting up a variety of venues this August, right across the north and the east coast of North America. Dates as follows!

8/2 New York, NY @ St. Vitus
8/3 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
8/5 Boston, MA – Great Scott
8/6 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
8/7 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
8/8 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
8/9 Chicago, IL @ Township
8/11 St. Louis @ The Demo
8/12 Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
8/13 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
8/14 Pittsburgh, OH @ The Smiling Moose
8/15 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
8/16 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
8/17 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes