With the first few notes of "Kiki Bridges" blazing from Unicycle Loves You, they had made a fan out of me. It wasn't until after their performance at RFC's own Bandwidth that someone informed me it had been their first live show. I thought back on the performance I had just witnessed and replied, "Bullshit!"
The fact that it was true was a stunning revelation, given how tight their sound and the natural ease of performance. The two performances I have seen since, this one included, have done little to diminish that initial reaction.
Their influences stand side by side with them and can be heard, seen and felt within almost every song, but said influences jump through eras and seem so varied that they never overstay their welcome. A hint of 50's in the chorus of "Dangerous Decade", an homage to mid-60's psychedelia in "The Fuzzies Don't Sting" and doses of 80's influence administered throughout. In the live setting these songs are accompanied by a musical exuberance and an inclination towards the humorous which keeps the music feeling minty fresh. The interplay between guitars, paired vocals and interlacing keyboards are all part of a package that seems considerably ahead of their three shows to date. One can't help feeling it will only get better with time.
Download: Unicycle Loves You - "Kiki Bridges"