For those unfamiliar, United Nations is the powerviolence project from former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly. The band is rounded out by guitarists Jonah Bayer and Lukas Previnare as well as Pianos Become The Teeth drummer David Haik and bassist Zac Sewell. UN gained notoriety in 2008 as a mysterious side project that had involvement from Ben Koller of Converge fame, as well as Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw. Rickly has made it clear that United Nations is a self parody of punk/hardcore past and present, which is made clear in the artwork in all releases. The 2008 self titled debut's artwork made Rickly's tongue in cheek disdain for The Beatles very apparent. 2010's Nevermind The Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures lambasted the Sex Pistols, as well as iconic Disney characters.

The UN's second full length, The Next Four Years, was recorded between the spring of 1981 and the fall of 2016 (you read that correctly). Art this time around takes a stab at Black Flag. All sarcasm and lyrical content aside, this album is furious. Opener "Serious Business" stands as the defining track on the entire album. Chaotic blastbeats and dissonant tremolo picked guitars jump from the speakers, with Rickly screaming "I never realized that growing up and becoming a man meant growing up and becoming a white man of privilege and taste". Rickly touches upon varying subjects, such as the band's legal troubles with the actual United Nations on "United Nations Vs. United Nations" and poking fun at Godspeed You! Black Emperor on "F#A#$". Perhaps the most brilliant self parody present on The Next Four Years is how the band chose to physically release it. In a day and age where we all jump on limited vinyl releases, the album was available in limited box sets that spread the 11 tracks out across two 7" records, a 10" record, and a cassette.

With a solid lineup, I really hope we don't need to wait another 4 years for the next musical output from United Nations. Be sure to catch the band live, as I recently did at the Asbury Lanes. The Next Four Years is available to preorder on a normal 12" LP from Temporary Residence.