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Unicycle Loves You - "Mirror, Mirror" Video (PopMatters Premiere)

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Friday, Aug 20, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Rather like the Beautiful South, Unicycle Loves You takes conventional sounding pop forms and puts clever, darker spin on them, subverting what you might mistake on first hearing for a classic AM radio tune.

Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You revels in the pop culture emanating from the B side of Hollywood, fascinated as they are with horror films and below-the-radar surf rock and cultish sci-fi. So, it’s a bit of a twist to play “Mirror, Mirror”, which sounds like a lovely pop tune on the surface, with its summery mood, jangly guitars and breathy vocals and then to watch the video, which brings in that playful and cheesy horror element. Rather like the Beautiful South, Unicycle Loves You takes conventional sounding pop forms and puts clever, darker spin on them, subverting what you might mistake on first hearing for a classic AM radio tune. The band’s sophomore album Mirror, Mirror will release 7 September on Highwheel Records and this self-titled tune is the record’s first single.



  
TOUR DATES
09/03 - GRINNELL, IA - Gardner Lounge @ Grinnell College (Free Show w/ Ha Ha Tonka)
09/10 - CHICAGO, IL - The Razor & Die Show 88.7 WLUW (In-Studio Performance)
09/11 - CHICAGO, IL - Schubas (Record Release Show)
09/15 - CLEVELAND, OH - Wilbert’s
09/16 - JAMESTOWN, NY - TBA
09/17 - BROOKLYN, NY - Littlefield
09/18 - BROOKLYN, NY - Bruar Falls
09/21 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - North Star Bar
09/23 - PITTSBURGH, PA - TBA
09/24 - CINCINNATI, OH - Midpoint Music Fest
09/28 - IOWA CITY, IA - The Mill
09/29 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Sauce
10/01 - DEPERE, WI - Baba Louie’s
10/02 - MILWAUKEE, WI - Club Garibaldi’s
10/05 - MADISON, WI
10/06 - DEKALB, IL - The House Cafe
10/07 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - Mike & Molly’s
10/08 - KANSAS CITY, MO - Record Bar
10/09 - ST. LOUIS, MO - Lemmon’s

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