Music News Monday: Are The Unicorns really back?

Jun 16, 2014

“Jellybones” – The Unicorns, from their 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?

It’s been a major blast from the past this week with news of The Unicorns making a comeback after a ten-year hiatus, along with the New Pornographers and Death from Above 1979 announce new album release dates.

Montreal-based band The Unicorns have been sending mixed messages lately, giving fans high hopes of a potential comeback, only to have doubt set-in with a comment to Spin back in February saying a reunion talk is “just talk.”

However, the trio has since confirmed dates to open for shows in California and New York for Arcade Fire, but are firm on having “no touring plans currently outside of those shows.”

08/01 Inglewood, CA – The Forum *
08/02 Inglewood, CA – The Forum *
08/22 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
08/23 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
08/24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *

* with Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon

A twitter account wad launched, tweeting only this photo:


Death From Above 1979’s famous elephant-face logo from the cover of their 2004 album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine.

Death From Above 1979 told Exclaim! last Fall about plans for a new album, giving clues as to what they didn’t want to do with their new album, rather than give details about what fans could expect this time around.

Well now, DFA 1979 have given just a little sneak peek for fans—take a listen here, from their official website.

It’s loud, and it’s only a 3-4 second loop, but it’s something, right? Given that their last official release was almost ten years ago, fans may find this appetizing, at least for now.

DFA 1979 told NME that their new album, titled The Physical World, is set for release in September, but are clear with their feelings about what the media has said regarding outside projects they’ve done aside from DFA 1979: “No matter what Jesse and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above. It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy. So we’re putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, ‘It’s not what we expected,’ or however they react to it, it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve been fucking asking for it.'”

Just days ago their twitter released the date “9/9/2014.”

DFA 1979 will be on tour for three shows in Canada before heading south to Texas. Tickets available on their official website.

09/06 Toronto, ON – Riot Fest
09/07 Toronto, ON – Riot Fest
09/12 Laval, QB – MRCY Block Party

The New Pornographers’s new album Brill Bruisers, set for release August 26, one of the coolest interactive album cover art pieces I’ve seen in awhile.

Tour dates and ticket sales are available here.

I dub thee Summer of 2014: the Official Summer of Canadian Indie Pop Comeback.

– Leyland Bradley 

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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