Sydney’s wildest quartet Totally Unicorn have announced their brand new album ‘Sorry’, set for release on April 12 via The Farmer and the Owl. Not long after, the band will take the album out for a spin around the country as part of their headline tour in April/May.
In two short years since the 2016 release of their debut, ‘Dream Life‘, a lot has changed for Totally Unicorn – they haven’t stopped bringing the good times, but now they’re getting real about what lies beneath the party. Vocalist Drew Gardner likens himself to the sad clown – and he’s going through some heavy times. Gone are the layers of metaphor, revealing a man dealing openly and unflinchingly with the pitfalls of life with his scars on full display.
Stylistically, ‘Sorry’ springs from the band’s origins as party monsters and riff lords, but this time the music is decidedly deeper with less focus on stage antics and more playing to their strengths as musicians. Adopting a back-to-basics approach to songwriting, the latest single ‘I’ll Be Fine Now’, a slow-burning, almost bluesy dirge unlike anything Totally Unicorn have ever attempted.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘I’LL BE FINE NOW’
Buy ‘Grub’ / ‘I’ll Be Fine Now’ Double A Side 7″here
A cathartic purge of what he was feeling at that moment in time, Gardner says that ‘I’ll Be Fine Now’ is the track he’s most proud of from the upcoming album. “I had about 3 lines written for this song when I went into the booth to record vocals. I did this on purpose as I wanted to just be truthful and say what was on my mind and how I felt at that exact moment that the song was about in my life. I wanted to be honest, not trying to hide, taking the whole process as therapy and getting sadness, regrets and some relief off my chest.”
Rumours have been bubbling since Totally Unicorn mentioned recording at Ghostnote Recording Studios back in August, and we were given a (rather sour) taste of the new direction Totally Unicorn is taking with the release of their ‘Grub’ single late last year. A short tour of this deliciously gross track up the East Coast and frenzied fans were treated to just the kind of raucous performance they’ve come to expect and enjoy from one of Australia’s most untameable acts.
Long time fans know that the best way to enjoy Totally Unicorn is live – if Drew didn’t drip sweat on you whilst delivering the most passionate performance you’ve ever seen, did you really go to a Totally Unicorn show?
Catch the chaos in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney this April/May.
Totally Unicorn have always been purveyors of fine aesthetic, with singer Drew Gardner almost infamous for his hyper-colour bodysuits and rainbow tie-dye everything – this jarring colour palette lends itself incredibly well to the music vid for brand new single ‘Grub’.
Part Tim & Eric episode, part vaporwave odyssey, seemingly straight from a VHS tape – the clip is every bit as weird as you would expect. With two Drews singing, dancing and trying to out-drink each other, the track’s theme of “the lure of vices” comes through as we witness pints go down… and come back up again.
Grub is the first single to feature Totally Unicorn’s new line-up, with former Robotosaurus drummer Adam Myers joining Gardner, Streatfeild and bassist Lee Neilson in 2017. For the first time in their career, Totally Unicorn are a four-piece with Streatfeild the sole guitarist, and that lean set-up is reflected in the music they’re making. Audiences in Melbourne, Geelong (River Rocks Festival), Wollongong, Sydney and Brisbane will get the first taste of the new era of Totally Unicorn this November.
TOTALLY UNICORN TOUR DATES
Thursday November 15
The Old Bar, Fitzroy w/ The Chats and Aaron Gocs
Friday November 16
The Old Bar, Fitzroy w/ Tankerville, The Chats and Aaron Gocs
Saturday November 17
River Rocks Festival, The Barwon Club, South Geelong
Sunday November 18
River Rocks Rehab Festival, The Barwon Club, South Geelong
Thursday November 22
Rad Bar, Wollongong w/ Babymachine and Archy Punker Tickets here
Friday November 23
The Lansdowne, Sydney w/ ARSE and No Doze Tickets here
Saturday November 24
Unite Common House, Fortitude Valley w/ Vestiges and Masochist Tickets here