United Nations started as a dark joke between a bunch of friends from different bands. How could you confuse consumption of collectible records with DIY punk ideals? How could you play a kind of punk that was also a critique of itself?
A loose collective of anonymous members teamed up with the British Anarchist Artist, James Cauty, to see what kind of trouble they could cause.
It turned out, they caused more trouble than they could handle. Cease & Desists from the actual UNITED NATIONS and the threat of lawsuits saw the band lose members, support from friends, and even saw many record stores destroy all copies of the 1st full length.
Yet the band continues, just under the government's radar, releasing next the Nevermind the Bombings 7" on death wish and then the limited "Illegal UN" cassette, themselves.
As all of their releases run out of print, UN follows its plan of releasing the Serious Business 7" and the perspective shattering record "Music for Changing Parties" on the Russian black market, later this summer.
With a solid lineup in place, United Nations begins a touring schedule in fall of 2013.