Over the course of their first three records, Unicycle Loves You have transformed from a jangly power pop quintet (Unicycle Loves You) to a post-new wave quartet (Mirror, Mirror) to a garage-psych trio (Failure) into the fourth chapter in the evolution of the band: The Dead Age. Opening with an exhausted woman’s voice gasping “Oh my god!”, The Dead Age builds off of the heavier sound of Failure. Crafted meticulously, often pushing the tonal limits through a massive wall of sound, melodies explode into chaotic free falls where screaming guitars & mammoth-sized bass bend at the will of ULY simultaneously paying homage to Mascis and Beefheart.
Scheduled for release on June 10th, produced by Jim Carroll & mastered by the renowned Bob Weston, if Failure was their mission statement to add a dirty, unpolished edge to pop music, then The Dead Age is the sound of Unicycle Loves You completely dismantling it. Stand out tracks “Face Tattoo”, “Suicide Pizza”, Endless Bummer” & “Falling Off” are a few examples of a band that has fully forged their very own sonic aesthetic.
“In Unicycle songs—which somehow manage to combine “mid-tempo” with “high-octane”—you might encounter trace amounts of My Bloody Valentine, Belly, Guided By Voices, Of Montreal, the High Water Marks, the Fiery Furnaces, The Strokes, and Belle & Sebastian, bathed in Carroll and Vitale’s mawkish, harmonized sarcasm and concentrated bursts of effects-pedal napalm.”
- The Village Voice
“ULY sounds like a mixtape of indie rock’s best eras, from reverb-drenched Cure guitar lines to New Pornographers-esque boy-girl harmonies. Recommended if you like Guided By Voices & New Pornographers.”
“The Chicago group intertwines cheeky humor and romantic obsession in musical settings influenced by such disparate new wave and post-punk acts as Wire, ABC and Mazzy Star. Mirror, Mirror is a rich sonic confection.”
“ULY takes conventional sounding pop forms and puts a clever, darker spin on them, subverting what you might mistake on first hearing for a classic AM radio tune.”
- Pop Matters