Blog Totally Unicorn @ Newtown Social Club

Totally Unicorn @ Newtown Social Club

Posted Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Undead

Totally Unicorn

Newtown Social Club

Sydney, AUS

September 29, 2016


Do not let the name deter you: You want to see Totally Unicorn in all of their unbridled beauty before they blow up and no longer grace the confines of small clubs with their sweaty, nude, booze-soaked presence.

It has been a while since I’ve been to a fun hardcore punk show that left everyone with a smile on their faces, singing along to Toto’s “Africa.”

Totally Unicorn’s recently released full-length album Dream Life draws influences from the likes of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Cave In and the likes.

What reads on paper like a diligent mathcore band, is an entirely different beast in a live scenario -- a beast with a spiraling, large, pointed horn projecting from its forehead at that.

Some say there is a difference between grotesque and antic.

It might be a fine line but Totally Unicorn not only walks but inhabits it when it comes to their live performance: Take the best parts of early Fucked Up’s crowd engagement, i.e. front man buried in the pit -- clothes optional -- add ample measures of alcohol and medication generated oomph and hilarity, garnish with balloons, sprinkle with the trademark Australian pisstaking and stir with the barrel of a confetti canon.

Voilà! A fascinating, seriously fun and uncontrived live show that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Totally Unicorn is an example par excellence for the fact that being technically gifted and musically spot on, the ability to effortlessly bring the party and defying stereotypes do not have to be mutually exclusive.

---

Photos by T

 

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Nat’s What I Reckon @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
May 16, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

Nat’s What I Reckon Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia May 15, 2021 Not unlike we have alluded to in the review of  Nat’s What I Reckon’s recently released book, the man’s ... read more

This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else

Posted by T
May 16, 2021, 10:43 a.m.

This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History Faber & Faber   Joy Division aficionados would be intimately familiar with the movie on the band ... read more

Water of Life – Whisky Company & Bruichladdich

Posted by T
May 15, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

Water of Life – Whisky Company & Bruichladdich   Being a whisky aficionado on terra australis can be challenging at times, specifically when it comes to sourcing drops from the ... read more

Young Henrys Unifier and GABS Festival

Posted by T
May 14, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Young Henrys Unifier and GABS Festival   The intersections of love for music and beer is one of the focus areas that in ingrained ... read more

The Formative Years – Mute Records

Posted by T
May 12, 2021, 8:20 p.m.

The Formative Years Mute Records   It seems like aeons ago that through my parents’ record collection I was exposed to Grace Jones’ of “Warm leatherette” – a cover version ... read more

Advertisement
Spacecase Records - skyscraper
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.