United Nations (band)

United Nations (band)

Infobox Musical artist
Name = United Nations

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Origin = New York City, New York, USA
Genre = Hardcore punk, Powerviolence
Years_active = 2005–present
Label = Eyeball Records, Deathwish Inc.
Associated_acts = Thursday
Head Automatica
The Number 12 Looks Like You
Kiss it Goodbye
Made Out of Babies
The Lovekill
URL = [http://www.unitedfuckingnations.com/ Official site]
Current_members = Geoff Rickly
Daryl Palumbo
Ben Koller
Christopher "Chree" Conger
Eric Cooper
Jonah Bayer
Past_members =

United Nations is a grindcore supergroup whose roots go back to at least 2005. [ [http://www.punknews.org/article/13238 "Daryl Palumbo talks Glassjaw, Head Automatica and grindcore side project United Nations."] Punknews.org. July 22, 2005.] They refer to their musical genre as "emo-power-violence." [ [http://www.unitedfuckingnations.com/faq.html United Nations FAQ.] United Nations' official site. Retrieved August 27, 2008.]

The band was started by Daryl Palumbo, vocalist of Glassjaw and Head Automatica, and Geoff Rickly, the vocalist/lyricist of the band Thursday. Other artists involved in the project possibly include Ben Koller, drummer for Converge; Christopher "Chree" Conger, former drummer of The Number 12 Looks Like You; bassist Eric Cooper of Made Out of Babies; and Jonah Bayer of The Lovekill. However, due to contract obligations of all members except Rickly, the official lineup isn't well-known, with the exception of Rickly and Palumbo. [http://www.altpress.com/features/206.htm "A conversation with United Nations' Geoff Rickly."] "Alternative Press" website. August 25, 2008.] [ [http://www.eyeballrecords.com/artist/unitednations United Nations' Eyeball Records artist page.] Eyeball Records website. Retrieved August 26, 2008.] Since Rickly is the only member whose primary band is currently not under contract, his name is the only one that can legally appear in press materials. [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1594102/20080904/thursday.jhtml "Thursday Frontman's United Nations Side Project Might Not Make It To Stores."] MTV.com. September 5, 2008.] Press photos of the band released in 2008 depict 4 people wearing Ronald Reagan masks. [ [http://blog.thesyn.com.s17153.gridserver.com/2008/08/26/united-nations-look-similar-to-the-bank-robbers-from-point-break/ "United Nations Look Similar To The Bank Robbers From Point Break."] The Syndicate Blog. August 26, 2008.]

The band will release their self-titled debut on September 9, 2008 through Eyeball Records. Only 1,000 physical CDs were pressed and will be sold exclusively through the Eyeball Records webstore due to copyright issues with the album's cover. The cover features essentially the same photo used for the iconic cover of The Beatles' "Abbey Road", with the exception of The Beatles engulfed in flames and walking to the left rather than the right.

The band plans to follow up their debut with a 7-inch single on Deathwish Inc. titled "Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures", which may potentially face similar copyright issues due to the title and cover's parodying of the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols". In an interview with MTV, Rickly confirmed that the band already had enough material for a second full-length album that could see a release in early 2009.

Current lineup

* Geoff Rickly - vocals, guitar (see also Thursday)
* Daryl Palumbo - screams (see also Glassjaw, Head Automatica)
* Ben Koller (see also Converge) [http://thursday.buzznet.com/user/journal/2249101/ "Thursday's Geoff Rickly Spills About Side Project, EP, More."] Buzznet. April 25, 2008.]

Other possible members

* Matthew Vincent Dwyer (bass on "Model UN") (see also Mermaid In A Manhole)
* Christopher "Chree" Conger (see also The Number 12 Looks Like You)
* Eric Cooper (see also Made Out of Babies, Kiss it Goodbye)
* Jonah Bayer (see also The Lovekill)
* Chris Colohan (see also Cursed (band))
* Darryl Jenifer (see also Bad Brains)
* Andrew Bird
* Bryant Clifford Meyer (see also Isis (band), Red Sparowes)
* Matt Sergent
* Buzz Luciano (see also The Banner, Pellinore (band))


Studio albums

* "United Nations" (2008, Eyeball Records)
* "United Nations Plays Pretty For A Bunch Of Fucking Babies" (2008, UN/Collect Records)
* "Dark Side Of The UN" (TBA, TBA)


* "Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures" 7" (2008, Deathwish Inc.)
* "Music For Interchanging Parts" 10" (TBA, Temporary Residence)


External links

* [http://www.unitedfuckingnations.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/unitednations Myspace page]
* [http://exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=126&csid2=946&fid1=33997 Conversations: United Nations' Geoff Rickly]

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