Conceived during a three month stint in solitary confinement, Oakland’s undō perform a jarring brand of screamy, freewheeling grind.
The trio features members of long time East Bay electropunk group Diesel Dudes, but manage to make a similar racket with only one guitar, a drum set, and vocalist BG’s pained delivery. After sporadic performances throughout the last year, undō are set to debut CCCXXXIII, a brief collection of songs that’ll be released via their drummer Shaun’s label Goth Horse next month. To preview the cassette release, undō, in collaboration local videographer Mila Puccini, have compiled visuals for three of the EP’s tracks, but together they move and feel like one long, dense song. Between the haphazard, improvised endings and relentless feedback, it’s hard to tell where one song ends and another begins, but these elements are central to the video, and to the EP’s flow.
The track titles, “Hell hath,” “Pissing pus,” and “Creepy Cosm” convey a bleak, disparaging outlook that belies the bands casual attitude — when asked about the intention behind the video BG explained it as “a random set of striking visuals.” Premiered below, the video features the band trading instruments, and “burning shit,” along with some NSFW visuals, which altogether make for one of the more interesting videos released this year.
To celebrate, undō are performing several times across the Bay during the first week of August, and to the bands great pleasure, the official release show is exactly 365 days from their first rehearsal together. Watch “+undō+” below, and catch them alongside Prissy Whip at Oakland’s The Hole on August 5.