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.