Listen to 405 Radio
Unicycle Loves You - Failure

Unicycle Loves You - Failure

by , 17 February 2012

Influences, every artist has them. But, what are your views on those that wear them on their sleeve?

Unicycle Loves You have been described as possessing a raw, sonic palette. If by that they mean the band listened to This Is It, transcribed their favourite parts and regurgitated it all into an ‘original’ of their own, then yeah.

‘Garage Dump’ and ‘Wow Wave Cinema’ greet you with their mixture of garage pop and west coast basslines, the latter quickly descending into repetative guitar strokes. Title track ‘Failure’ is again one with acute pop sensibilities, lead songwriter Jim Carroll mimicing Julian Casablancas in parts with an overall Strokes feel taking hold which unfortunately, I feel, is intended.

‘Piranha’ fares somewhat better as it demonstrates their Sonic Youth influence with a sound reminiscent of Thurston Moore’s solo efforts. ‘Separate Places’ too is a welcome relief for its addictive guitar hook and vocal melody which made an ardous commute bearable. But, while these few minutes are of pleasure to me, once again they display unashamedly a distinct lack of originality; ‘Bitch Eye’ and ‘Brand New Pillow’ ticking their Raveonettes and Kevin Shields boxes respectively.

On the whole this record fails to push boundaries, taking the easy route walking well trodden paths. What I dislike most is the game they seem to be playing with themselves. How many of our favourite artists can we copy and sell to the unsuspecting public? Much like most situations in which I find myself the outside of, it’s not much fun when they look over their shoulder at you and smile.

Rating: 4/10

Purchase and listen

Related Reviews

  • R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011

    R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 – 2011

    by Darren Neil

    After forming way back in 1980 when Michael Stipe met guitarist Peter Buck in an Athens record shop where Buck worked R.E.M. have risen from college rockers to stadium fillers, and along the way released fifteen studio albums. [read more]

  • Fairewell - Poor, Poor Grendel

    Fairewell - Poor, Poor Grendel

    by Tom Jowett

    To find yourself amongst the elite, you must thrive as a minority. The majority may rule, but the mainstream is always diluted and often in the wrong. Poor, Poor Grendel is a fine attempt at musical segregation and isolation, treading in the unique footsteps of its heroes into the mysterious wilds they discovered and which they now daub with colour and illumination; a wilderness first exposed by The Velvet Underground and inhabited by My Bloody Valentine. [read more]

  • Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks

    Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks

    by Alex Cull

    How far Of Montreal have come since releasing <em>Cherry Peel</em> way back in 1997. In the fifteen years, and eleven albums, since Kevin Barnes and his motley supporting cast of musical misfits took their first steps away from their humble Elephant 6 collective beginnings, they’ve taken in a diverse, disparate array of styles. [read more]

  • Guided By Voices - Let’s Go Eat The Factory

    Guided By Voices - Let’s Go Eat The Factory

    by Barnabas Abraham

    An album which sounds like various cuttings from a garage floor, held together with staples. Looking at the staples, you see that they’ve been been put in a few times, before they’ve finally stuck. There are holes around the edges where previous staple attempts have failed, but looking at the staples in place now, they look solid, they look good. [read more]

Comments

Follow Us

Recommended Posts

Popular Posts

Mailing List

Sign up to our weekly mailing list.