Jesse Shaw - Vocals, Guitar, Programming
Shawn L. Phillips - Bass, Vocals
Adam Powell - Keyboards, Vocals
Imagine taking all of the "in your face" pop hooks from Nine Inch Nails, the mystery and sublime traits of New Order's international hits, and the pure angst of Henry Rollins from the Black Flag days and tossed them in a blender -upgraded teen angst.
Each song sounds intentionally crafted to pay homage to the bands that most influenced their sound. With influences ranging from Trent Reznor, New Order, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Goldfinger, it is no wonder each song comes out sounding familiar, yet fresh and raw.
The wash of distortion that comes from the guitar can't quite overpower the driving beats and synth lines while the bass provides a smooth and soothing oasis for listeners to retreat to when they need, topped with vocal hooks so contagious, you don't even notice you've started singing along. "The Slow Grind Between Love and Hate" takes listeners into an observation of the true pains of intimacy...
"Our real life tears my heart in two/The irony to love and hate you
To give you satisfaction means my tears/You are my salvation and my biggest fear."
...wrapping it in fresh and clean electro buzzes, blips, and clicks with a familiar chorused bass guitar riff that Peter Hook would be proud of. "Drag Queen" sounds like a b-side from Pretty Hate Machine providing a foundational 4/4 kick coupled with a solid dance bass, a rusted machine for a guitar and a hook full of discontent.
"I don't feel hate/I don't feel shame/I don't think I'll ever feel again..."
...leaves listeners hopeful that either recovery or more hate anthem rock is not too far off.
Unashamed visual sampling fills the UCKF world, website, and merchandise where every CEASE AND DESIST letter is discarded. UCKF acknowledges and celebrates (through appropriation and reconstruction) the visual symbols that shaped their youth. Whether you are Elvis, AC/DC, Wonderbread, or the Sex Pistols, it appears you are not safe.