17 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven years after its original release, The Unicorns return with a remastered edition of Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, a song collection that has lost none of its lovable weirdness with time. At once goofy and ambitious, the music of band masterminds Nick “Diamonds” Thornburn and Alden “Ginger” Penner ranks among the most inventive outpourings from Montreal’s fertile pop scene. The Unicorns draw upon ‘60s and ‘70s sonic flotsam (especially low-fi synthesizers), matching it with lyrical themes that range from the lurid to the infantile. Horror and sci-fi references color tracks like “Tuff Ghost,” “Jellybones," and “Rocket Ship” (the latter an inspired Daniel Johnston cover). “I Was Born (A Unicorn)”—a theme song of sorts—catches the band at their giddiest. All isn't sunshine and rainbows here, however—there’s a tension simmering under the surface of “Child Star” and “Ready to Die” that’s hard to miss. No matter how shambolic the tracks get, The Unicorns retain their droll wit and knack for ear-snagging melodies. This is indie rock in its most authentic form: precocious, ungainly, and willing to court chaos to achieve greatness.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven years after its original release, The Unicorns return with a remastered edition of Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, a song collection that has lost none of its lovable weirdness with time. At once goofy and ambitious, the music of band masterminds Nick “Diamonds” Thornburn and Alden “Ginger” Penner ranks among the most inventive outpourings from Montreal’s fertile pop scene. The Unicorns draw upon ‘60s and ‘70s sonic flotsam (especially low-fi synthesizers), matching it with lyrical themes that range from the lurid to the infantile. Horror and sci-fi references color tracks like “Tuff Ghost,” “Jellybones," and “Rocket Ship” (the latter an inspired Daniel Johnston cover). “I Was Born (A Unicorn)”—a theme song of sorts—catches the band at their giddiest. All isn't sunshine and rainbows here, however—there’s a tension simmering under the surface of “Child Star” and “Ready to Die” that’s hard to miss. No matter how shambolic the tracks get, The Unicorns retain their droll wit and knack for ear-snagging melodies. This is indie rock in its most authentic form: precocious, ungainly, and willing to court chaos to achieve greatness.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

28 Ratings
28 Ratings

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Andymanfrnj

So glad these dudes are back with new songs too. Best use of the recorder of all time. Welcome back.

Yooneecornz

ayedoubleyou

Amazing band with a great re-release off of an old favorite...

Wowzers!

Really awesome man of Duluth

One of the best albums of the past decade. It's such a shame that The Unicorns broke up after only a few years of making music together. The music on this album demonstrates these boys have talent, and there is no telling just how far they could have gone with their music. Now that they have reunited from their 10 year hiatus, I'm really hoping they'll make the next great album of the 2010s!

About The Unicorns

Yet another promising Canadian indie rock band, Montreal-via-British Columbia's Unicorns began in the late '90s, when high-school friends Nick (Neil) Diamonds and Alden Ginger began crafting their roundabout, lo-fi, but distinctly catchy music. Cheap keyboards, loud guitars, and real and mechanical drums surround the duo's skewed and often spiritual lyrics, and their live shows can also include films, puppet shows, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The Unicorns' Alien8 debut album, Unicorns Are People Too, arrived in early 2003 and hit number 29 on the Canadian charts; that summer, they added Guelph native Jaime Thompson (aka J'aime Tambour) as their permanent drummer for their tour with labelmates Soft Canyon. Their second album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, was released that fall, and their winter 2003 tour with Hot Hot Heat -- along with their previous gigs supporting the Microphones, Daniel Johnston, the Walkmen, and Cat Power, among others -- made them among the most hotly tipped indie bands of the year. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
FORMED
2000

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