United Nations
Nevermind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
July 6th, 2010 | 175 replies | 27,317 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: United Nations continue right where they last left off with Never Mind the Bombings Here’s Your Six Figures

During the promotion of the self-proclaimed emo-power-violence band United Nations in 2008, confusion nearly outweighed anticipation. If you asked ten people that knew of United Nations the question, ‘what members were actually in the band,’ you would probably get eight or so different responses. Even today, apart from Geoff Rickly, the members remain somewhat cloudy. However, if there is one certainty surrounding United Nations, it is the fact they love pissing off people in high places. Their self-titled album featured the controversial altercation to the Beatles album, Abbey Road, while Never Mind the Bombings Here’s Your Six Figures blatantly rips off the cover art of the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols. That claim is only strengthened by their band name, which caused multiple band related webpages to be deleted. Past that, they are just attempting to melt faces and play some tunes for old times sake, and United Nations do that damn well.

Before getting into the thick of it, taking care of housekeeping issues first, in just under twelve minutes, Never Mind the Bombings Here’s Your Six Figures sure goes by rather slowly, and that is a perk. However, do not be fooled by its shortened length, as the lasting impression is equal if not greater. United Nation’s cutthroat approach remains the same, but with a little more pop in each riff and fill, and I will be damned if Ben Koller is NOT the drummer on this album. Koller is known for brilliantly brutal drum fills and mind-blowing combinations while keeping pace without a hint of sloppiness, all of which is reflected on this album. This is most notably found on “Pity Animal” and “Never Mind the Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures,” whom are the beneficiaries of such superb drumming. Elsewhere, Rickly showcases why he makes Thursday so unique with his melodic tendencies in “O You Bright & Risen Angel,” which is probably the most consistent and listener friendly track. In other areas, there are minor flaws, such as a rather low vocal mix and unintelligible lyrics at times, but this album was intended for headbanging, not singing. Even so, the overall clarity is much clearer and less gritty, per se, than United Nations.

In all honesty, there are not enough discernable differences to keep fans from the last album away from Never Mind the Bombings Here’s Your Six Figures. After all, United Nations are not trying to create this side project in hopes to reinvent a genre, rather relive it with their owns ideas. The bottom line is that United Nations are as rad as ever and likely won’t stop in the near future; so keep ‘em coming gentlemen.



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PanasonicYouth
July 6th 2010



7411 Comments


Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Six Pistols


that's the only problem i see
also album is the shit

ALSO
Converge promoted this on their facebook confirming that daryl and ben are part of it so ya

fromtheinside
July 6th 2010



17714 Comments


"emo-power-violence" best genre ever? you decide...

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PanasonicYouth
July 6th 2010



7411 Comments


onvm looked at the post again they just confirmed ben

Dryden
July 6th 2010



12928 Comments


so far

Ire
July 6th 2010



41747 Comments


Going to check this out

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 6th 2010



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the tidbits Panasonic. I once followed Converge on all fronts, until they updated way too often for my liking.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



17196 Comments


I'm pretty sure this is the exact same lineup as their debut. I read in an interview that they recorded everything they intend on releasing as band together in the same sessions (some 30 something songs) and decided to divvy them up between the full length and the EPs.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 6th 2010



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I hope they have a decent timeline of releasing it all

PanasonicYouth
July 6th 2010



7411 Comments


are they just randomly going to drop? cuz i'd heard absolutely nothing about this til about 2 days after it was reelased

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



17196 Comments


They have a 10" Music For Interchanging Parts that's supposed to come out on Temporary Residence sometime in the near future and a 7" Stole The Past, Fucked The Future that is also TBA but no idea on what label is releasing it.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



17196 Comments


and i think they have another LP called United Nations Plays Pretty For A Bunch Of Fucking Babies that is TBA

bmsmcr
July 6th 2010



118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

and there is another "The Dark Side of the UN" also I believe

Enotron
July 6th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nice simple review. This band sounds kick ass, Ima check it out

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



15727 Comments


so ends the gaslight anthems 4 month stay on the front page as bnm

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Bitchfork
July 6th 2010



7584 Comments


gaslight never deserved the spot.

TheSpirit
July 6th 2010



17154 Comments


oh bitchfork

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PanasonicYouth
July 6th 2010



7411 Comments


this is so much better than that gaslight album tbh

witchxrapist
July 6th 2010



10933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is so much better than the UN full length

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Bitchfork
July 6th 2010



7584 Comments


thay didn't.
Brandon, you need to get on aim.


RosaParks
July 6th 2010



14592 Comments


you do



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