Unicorn, a moody alt-rock-pop outfit, formed in late 2020 when Jenna Hardie, Doug May, Jessica Harris and Ella Munro joined forces to create what they describe as a “magical beast of intent. musical”.
The band takes inspiration from artists such as PJ Harvey, Dresden Dolls, Veruca Salt and Silverchair, delving into sounds reminiscent of the early 90s with musical moments delicately blended with elements of grunge, glam-goth and pop. Australian.
Singer-songwriter Jenna Hardie writes about friendships, love, and life’s complicated contradictions and syncopations. The group is about to release its second single, it’s called Cats.
‘Cats is a song about finding your tribe. The cliché “birds of a feather flock together” rings true and Cats is the embodiment of that sentiment. With dramatic beats juxtaposed with the luscious sounds of the Hammond organ, Cats is a big, bold show of camaraderie.
Jenna wrote the song in early 2016, when she was going through some big transitions in her life, and she says it’s about finding her own tribe.
“I think I was looking for my own tribe of people at the time. I was just coming back to music after a long hiatus and was thrilled to realize that the friendships and musical relationships I had formed many years before were always there – as illustrated by the lyrics “broken birds and crazy cats are here to stay”.
“It’s also a song about the interesting way we as humans are drawn to certain people. And the celebration of that. The song takes you on a journey and the outro really gives a sense of arrival and celebration. It’s a song about how we’re stronger together.
Cats was recorded at Blackbird Studio with recording engineer Dave Parkin and mastered by King William.
“Dave encouraged us to use additional instruments to create the lush atmospheric sounds in Cats. The Hammond organ added a beautiful, rich, grand sound to the song, creating a more dramatic and robust effect. Dave’s design ability and creative input provided Unicorn with the opportunity to record the song in a way that truly captured the intent and vision of what Cats is all about.
Unicorn released their debut single and music video, Circus, in April. The air has caught the attention of the whole world, from Brazil to Mexico, from the United States to Sweden. Circus has been included in a variety of music blogs, radio plays, websites and Spotify playlists. With the second single, Catsslated for release on June 29, Unicorn can’t wait to share the song with new listeners around the world.
Unicorn celebrates the release of its single, Cats, at Clancy’s Fremantle on Friday July 1, 2022 with support from Legs Electric, Rose Parker Band and Rachel Rose. Tickets available here. Cats will be available to stream starting June 29, 2022.
Source: press release, image: Charlie Beveridge
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