Update: The Unicorns’ Nick Thorburn downplayed the news in an interview with SPIN. “Don’t get your hopes up,” he wrote to SPIN. “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.”
2014 could be the “Year of the Unicorn”, according to founding member Alden Penner. As Exclaim points out, Penner recently appeared on the podcast Kreative Kontrol, where he revealed plans for a Unicorns reunion tour as well as a reissue of their lone full-length LP, 2003’s Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?.
Penner said he and frontman Nick Thorburn recently mended fences and almost reunited last year. “We met in high school and had this sincere, nice, musically-based friendship that, unfortunately got torn apart by music industry circumstances and competing attitudes about how things should be done,” Penner explained. “That’s really a minor thing when it comes down to renewing a friendship and that’s why I feel good about this particular endeavour — it’s not really a cash grab or based on any sort of nostalgia coming from those who’ve been calling for it for a long time. It feels like a point in my life where it’d be nice to honour that friendship. It’s never too late to that sort of thing, even though it might feel that way as you get older.”
The plan, according to Penner, is to perform “some shows in major cities we’ve played in,” such as Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. He also revealed that the band has obtained mastering rights to Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?. They’ve discussed remastering the album along with “some other recordings that never made it out.”
Penner cautioned that “there are no specifics right now,” and that he, Thorburn, and Jamie Thompson plan to get together in April and go public with their plans in the fall.
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