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The Unicorns

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Montreal, Canada (2000 – 2004)

The Montreal-based Unicorns were originally formed in December 2000 by Nicholas Thorburn (stage name Nick “Neil” Diamonds, as well as a host of other aliases) and Alden Penner (stage name, Alden Ginger; Elvis Presley’s fiancée when he died was Ginger Alden). They were later joined by drummer Jamie Thompson (stage name J’aime Tambeur) and Max Groadie (“the American Roadie, né Bill Horwood”).

The band self-released their debut album Unicorns Are People Too in March 2003 through their own record label Caterpillars of the Community, with a limited press run of 500 copies.

In October of the same year they went back into the studio, recording several new songs as well as reworking a number of songs from their debut. The resulting second album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, was released in November 2003 on the label Alien8 Recordings, and was a notable departure for a label that has traditionally released albums by avantgarde and highly experimental artists such as Acid Mothers Temple and noise pioneer Merzbow.

The album received glowing reviews from The Village Voice, NME, online magazine Pitchfork and numerous other publications around the world, and it quickly earned the band a fanatical following on the indie-rock circuit. The band toured constantly for 13 months following its release, initially supporting fellow Canadian band Hot Hot Heat across North America before proceeding to play to sell-out crowds in Australia, Europe and the UK, as well as touring several more times across the US and Canada.

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