Friday, February 10, 2012

WEDNESDAY March 7: Unicycle Loves You w/ Crane Your Swan Neck



 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. Once again handling the roles of songwriter and producer, Jim 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 the pop sensibility of their earlier work but with a rawer, more focused sonic palette.

Loaded with buzzing guitars in the red, highly addictive melodies, and lush boy/girl harmonies, Failure combines the best elements of 90′s indie rock and dream pop for a refreshing Pop Art 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 Loves You are honored to have shared the stage with such acts as Weezer, The Raveonettes, Fiery Furnaces, Telekinesis, Generationals, Art Brut, Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bishop Allen & Crystal Antlers.


"For being a mere quartet, the chamber-pop tunes of Madison’s Crane Your Swan Neck are impressively expansive. Anchored by the witty and deliberate songwriting of vocalist-guitarist Randall Luecke, Crane Your Swan Neck’s tunes are each peppered with the rippling hooks of cellist Pat Reinholz. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of drummer Shawn Pierce and bassist Kenny Monroe tastefully trudge underneath. Luecke’s crooning stays infectious and is often met with soaring back-ups from Monroe, who also hammers out auxiliary percussion and toy piano when not laying down his minimal bass lines." - The Onion AV Club

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