Before there were Islands, there were the Unicorns. Made up of Montreal’s Nick Thornburn, Alden Penner and Jamie Thompson, the trio released their third album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, in 2003. With oddball lyrics about ghosts and necrophilia and surprising chord changes, the LP became a semi-classic of the pre-Arcade Fire indie-rock era; unfortunately, the duo split at the end of 2004, never having a chance to properly follow-up their breakthrough effort.
That might change soon; yesterday Penner told Kreative Kontrol that the Canadians are considering reissuing Who Will Cut Our Hair… with previously unreleased bonus cuts, and a tour of major North American cities is possibly in the works, too.
Subsequently, Nick Thornburn reacted to Penner’s confession with a bit of skepticism. The musician told SPIN: “Don’t get your hopes up. We are talking right now but that’s as far as it’s gotten. We’ve talked about this kind of thing many times over the years and while it’s true that this is the furthest along it’s gotten, conceptually, it’s still just talk.”
Let’s wait and see how the situation develops. In the meantime listen to one of our favorite Unicorns’ songs, “Inoculate the Innocuous.”