Unicycle Loves You

Unicycle Loves You

Over  the course of their first three records, Unicycle Loves You have slowly transformed  from a jangly power  pop quintet (Unicycle  Loves You) to a post-new wave quartet (Mirror, Mirror) to a raw 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 the heavier sound of Failure.  Crafted meticulously, often pushing the tonal limits through a massive wall sound, melodies explode into chaotic free falls where screaming guitars and mammoth-sized bass bend at the will of ULY simultaneously paying homage to Mascis and Beefheart.

Scheduled for release on June I0th, produced by Jim Carroll & mastered by 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 like “Face Tattoo”,”Suicide Pizza” Endless Bummer” & “Falling Off’ are only a few examples of a band that has fully forged their own sonic aesthetic.

The Dead Age [06/10/2014]


"The Dead Age is packed with more fuzz than you’d find in a fat guy’s belly button... It sounds like the most properly tied-together mess you’ll ever hear." - NOISEY
"the garage-rock trio brazenly stacks muffed-out guitars and harsh feedback onto a dense rhythm section — and pile on heaps of hooks for good measure." -  SPIN
"Cherry-picking gems from the group's album is a fool's errand; best to crank up the volume and let the scrambled jams own you. Live, you don't even have to feel lame about waking the neighbors." - Village Voice
"Brooklyn-based indie band Unicycle Loves You doesn't shy away from its love of pop culture. Song titles on the band's new record, The Dead Age, include Suicide Pizza and Face Tattoo, which sound fuzzier and delightfully weirder than I expected." - USA Today
"I’ve spent a lot of time with the record now and I can say with confidence that it’s one you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re a fan of the shoegazing, noisy likes of No Age, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, et al." - Death + Taxes
"everything that keeps us believing in the DIY home made sound of real rock and roll." - IMPOSE
"an extremely hook-heavy album that spits punk idioms at a disaffected pace, all while creating a sunny, oddly tranquil space in the middle of all the crackling...8.3/10" - VIOLENT SUCCESS

Mirror, Mirror [09/07/2010]


“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.” -SPIN
"Some bands suffer the sophomore slump. Chicago trio Unicycle Loves You just experienced a sophomore jump...The band could also be called Critics Love You, with raves coming in from here to Manhattan." - CHICAGO SUN TIMES
“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.” - VILLAGE VOICE
"a laundry list of ’90s and early ’00s indie rock tics—New Pornographer’s eccentric vocal melodies and bits of Belle And Sebastian-esque twee whimsy" - CMJ
“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.” - iTUNES REVIEW

Unicycle Loves You [06/10/2008]


"Unicycle Loves You is a psychedelic pop band whipping up a frenzy of addictive pop melodies fresh enough for even the most jaded listener to sit up and pay attention....Dark and twisted, light and airy, smooth and sweet, or raucous and wild, Unicycle Loves You will grab you by the ears and pull you through their technicolor world of pure pop bliss." - FILTER MAGAZINE
“For a band in a nascent stage of their career, Unicycle Loves You was lucky enough to get Brian Deck behind the boards, and for the first 30 seconds of their self-titled record, you’re ticking off his sonic calling cards– clattering, junkyard percussion, odd time signatures, squiggly keyboards. The record has everything but Tim Rutili. Then again, Unicycle Loves You are confident enough to snatch it right back and turn the next half hour or so into the kind of ebullient indie pop record you’d never associate with the guy. They’re a band with a vision…” - PITCHFORK
"Band Of the Month: Unicycle Loves You, Chicago band mixes pop sensibilities with psychedelic inspirations." - VENUS MAGAZINE
"Chicago group purveys zippy, energetic, complex pop tunes and impresses me considerably." - USA TODAY
"For a band to tastefully sample a great range of music is no small feat, but it’s one that Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You has achieved on their debut self-titled album." - CRAWDADDY
"Often times when bands pay homage to their influences they end up being lax mimickers. Thankfully, Unicycle Loves You is far from that. They take bits from various genres spanning over several decades and pack them all into an indie-pop cornucopia of tasty feel-good music riddled with insightful lyrics. The Chi-town Quintet is currently busy touring/promoting their first full-length self-titled album due out later this year in early June. Unicycle Loves You kids and chances are you'll love them right back." - URB MAGAZINE
"Great indie pop rock still exists. Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You will soon infiltrate the blogosphere with their incredibly catchy, eclectic self-titled debut." - NY PRESS
"Is it glam or new wave? Indie rock or power pop? Are they more influenced by the '50s, '60s, or '80s? Or are they just living in the moment? The answers aren't readily apparent on Unicycle Loves You's debut, but what's undeniable is the band's ability to remain entertaining and original while also vaguely reminding you of other acts you can't quite put your finger on. If songs like 'Highway Robbery' don't add fun and sunshine to your day, you've got problems music can't fix." - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"...expect all that to be upstaged by local six-piece band Unicycle Loves You, which is equal parts deranged adrenaline and quirky genre exercises. The band will undoubtedly be even more enthused and showoff-y than usual at this free record-release show for its self-titled debut, which ranges from fuzzed-out funky keyboard tracks like 'Dangerous Decade' to dusty classic-rock-ish gems like 'Great Bargains for Seniors.'" - THE ONION

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