United Nations is an experimental punk supergroup whose roots go back to at least 2005 formed by Geoff Rickly, the singer/lyricist of the band Thursday. Other artists rumored to be involved in the project most noteably include Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw/Head Automatica fame along with Ben Koller of Converge. A handful of other names have also been mentioned: Chree (The Number Twelve Looks Like You), Eric Cooper (Kiss It Goodbye) Lukas Previn (Acid Tiger) Tom Keeley (Thursday) Jonah Bayer (The Lovekill).
Other artists rumored to be involved in the project most noteably include Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw/Head Automatica fame along with Ben Koller of Converge. A handful of other names have also been mentioned: Chree (The Number Twelve Looks Like You), Eric Cooper (Kiss It Goodbye) Lukas Previn (Acid Tiger) Tom Keeley (Thursday) Jonah Bayer (The Lovekill).
Since Rickly is the only member whose primary band is currently not under contract, his name is the only one that can legally appear in press materials. Press photos of the band released in 2008 depict four people wearing Ronald Reagan masks, believed to be because of this reason. The only exception to this being when Daryl breifly mentioned being involved in the project to Punk News in 2005 (http://www.punknews.org/article/13238). Baring all this in mind, the official line-up is not well known.
The bands debut record entitled United Nations was released in September 2008 amid much controversy surrounding the original artwork and also the bands name.
Before its release, stores refused to sell the band's debut self-titled album because of copyright issues. As a result, only 1,000 copies were made with the controversial cover, and later copies were made with an alternative cover. The one thousand original copies were sold exclusively through the band and Eyeball Records.
The controversial cover can be found here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/98/UnitedNationsSelftitledCover.jpg
The actual international organization, United Nations, for which the band is named after, discovered that a musical group had formed under the name of United Nations, and ordered Facebook to remove their official page. After deleting their page, Facebook informed the band about the removal and also stated, "The use of the name 'United Nations' by the Band and the use of its Logo which resembles the UN emblem has not been authorized and violates international and United States laws..." The band's record label comically responded the situation stating, "The United Nations, an international organization of some kind, has been taking issue with the band that shares it's name. Who had the name first remains open to debate, but the problem exists nonetheless."Their label also hinted at the possibility of no longer being able to release their debut album. In December 2008, a little over a month after the band's Facebook was deleted, their MySpace page was also deleted.
* United Nations (2008, Eyeball Records)
* United Nations Plays Pretty For A Bunch Of Fucking Babies (TBA, UN/Collect Records)
* Dark Side Of The UN (TBA, TBA)
* Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures 7" (TBA, Deathwish Inc.)
* Music For Interchanging Parts 10" (TBA, Temporary Residence)
United Nations performed their first live show January 20th, 2009.