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Jim Carroll: vocals/guitar/keys
Nicole Vitale: vocals/bass
J.T. Baker: drums
In 2010, Unicycle Loves You stripped away the studio gloss of their self-titled 2008 debut and took a large step forward with the release of Mirror, Mirror. With front man Jim Carroll in complete control of the recording process, the resulting record was one far more true to the band’s vision, and more representative of their influences.
Once again handling the roles of songwriter and producer, Carroll has dug even further into his Sebadoh/Guided By Voices-influenced home-recording roots for Unicycle Loves You’s latest record, Failure. Due for release on Valentine’s Day 2012, their Mecca Lecca debut contains all of the pop sensibility of earlier favorites like “Highway Robbery,” “Justine” and “Mirror, Mirror” but with a rawer, more-focused sonic palette.
Loaded with buzzing guitars in the red, addictive melodies, and dreamy boy/girl vocals, Failure combines the best elements of dream pop and 90s indie rock for a refreshing new sound. While it may be the band’s heaviest, thrashiest album to date, songs such as “Garbage Dump,” “Sun Comes Out (And I Don’t Care),” “Bitch Eye,” “Piranha” and “Wow Wave Cinema” are also some of their strongest and poppiest moments on record.
Unicycle LovesYou have shared the stage with acts such as The Raveonettes, Weezer, Fiery Furnaces, Art Brut, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Generationals, Crystal Antlers, Bishop Allen and Tapes ‘N’ Tapes.
They have been featured in publications such as SPIN, Filter, Venus Zine, Magnet, URB, USA Today andSentimentalist Magazine.[flag_titles size=]PRESS[/flag_titles]
“Album o’ the Week” – USA Today
“Failure is ultimately an album you can put your arms around and give a great big hug to, and – maybe, just maybe – a big, wet sopping kiss.” – Pop Matters
“ULY’s third album, Failure, smartly strips away the hyperactive, tempo-shifting twee shenanigans of past recordings, leaving the Chicago trio’s ubiquitous pop hooks shining bright among lo-fi piles of garage rock sludge.” – CMJ
One of SPIN’s “25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival” (2009) — SPIN
“They’re a band with a vision . . . you start thinking to yourself, “Wow– do these guys already have enough hooks to last a whole album?” unaware of just how right you are . . .” —Pitchfork
“They remind us of the euphoric feeling of a confetti canon going off in an enclosed environment.” —Daytrotter
“Mirror, Mirror sounds otherworldly, even on straightforward, verse-chorus-verse pop songs like the title track or synth-heavy “Quagga.”” — Chicagoist[/three_five] [two_five] [flag_titles size=]RELEASES[/flag_titles]
Released 2.14.11 [cd, vinyl, digital] [break]
Mirror, Mirror (2010) and Unicycle Loves You (2008) are both available via Highwheel Records.
Unicycle Loves You – “Mirror, Mirror”
Unicycle Loves You – “Justine”