Well that escalated quickly. Normally you would save this phrase for a rather tense situation, but I felt every bit of this listening to “Serious Business”. Dating back to my Thursday listening days, I’ve been a fan of Geoff Rickly and nine years into being with United Nations, it’s nice to see that the band hasn’t let up on its fury. “Serious Business”, which is the first single off United Nations’ upcoming album The Next Four Years, has teeth. With the hardcore genre and the vast sub genres that it brings, sometimes you just want a dreary, bleak song to get into the pit – this song definitely delivers in that respect.
Picture the apocalypse – hellfire and the chaos it would bring. Now shrink that into your standard pair of headphones (probably Beats right?), dropped into a three minute and six second composition. The guitars on the track act like a tornado around the track that oddly keeps everything into a container of aggressive dissension. When I listened to this track in it’s entirety, I pictured the world ending and the screaming of Geoff Rickly almost as a last stand. Given the political commentary track record of the band, this could be a take on the current state of affairs of the world we live in.
There’s a part at the end of the song where the phrase “this is a serious business” is chanted and the guitar and percussion parts play off eachother almost as if we are witnessing the climatic peak of our demise. United Nations does a good job in displaying the hopelessness in the track even though it does not let you up for air – not for a single second. I have rarely heard such discord conveyed with such precision sand I can guarantee you, when their second album The Next Four Years (Get the political context?) does come out to the masses on July 15th, it will take no prisoners.