Unicycle Loves You, Avedis, Dull Edges, Trumpeter Swan
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Unicycle Loves You
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.
From all over, we intersect and music is made.
TRUMPETER SWAN reemerges in 2013 with a new album, a greater sense of purpose and an expanded lineup. Based in New York – and made up of a core group of musicians with Austin, TX roots – Trumpeter Swan has evolved from a “new musical skin” into a full-fledged project, with sophomore album THE MAGNITUDE OF NOW due out late Summer 2013.
Helmed by Drew Patrizi, who gained recognition as a founding member of the critically acclaimed Austin, Texas-based, indie rock band What Made Milwaukee Famous (Barsuk Records), Trumpeter Swan self-released debut Listen for the Clues in 2010 shortly after relocating to New York. Garnering attention from the likes of Pitchfork and Alternative Press, Trumpeter Swan was recognized early as an ambitious project with an impressive sonic foundation to build on.
At the onset, Austin’s music community embraced the debut: Austin Town Hall observed that, “Patrizi has created his own new voice in the genre and created a beautiful album,” while the Austin-American Statesmen noted LFTC’s “impressive energy and variety” and Austinist applauded the “precious and melodic indie tunes.” Austin Sound offered another perspective, recognizing the weight behind the feel-good melodies: “Trumpeter Swan sings about heavy things.”
Enter sophomore release The Magnitude of Now, an album that continues to explore and expand on “heavy things” disguised as mellifluous pop songs. The songwriting tests the point at which exuberance and uncertainty intersect — adding weight and levity in unexpected places. Triumphant choruses wrangle melancholy verses. Mood-swings bubble up…then evaporate. Concessions are made. Questions and pleas go unanswered. Not to worry though, each bitter pill is submerged in a spoonful of honey — these melody-infused pop nuggets are deliciously easy to swallow. The “rich addictive jingles and hidden hooks” (DOA) that characterized Listen for the Clues again emerge, this time through a darker, more focused prism.
Since the last album, Patrizi has joined forces with several talented musicians who share a familiar Austin to New York journey– Quinn McCarthy (Bass) & Clay Fain (Guitar) — and by native New Jersey percussion standout Dave Packles.
Online tastemakers RcrdLbl.com note that Trumpeter Swan has created “genre-bending, finger-snapping alt-pop…and by the end, we’re grinning like fools…and we need some more of that.”
Order Up. The Magnitude of Now has arrived. Here’s to hand-clapping, hand-wringing and a continuation of genre-bending indie rock that embraces both.
Thank you for listening.
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