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whats the album like. downloaded unicorns album today and love it. worth another download?
the other day and MY, it is a GOOD album!
another DiSer in San Francisco and we're going to see them next month. Then I'm going to see them in Denver. I don't have a single song of theirs at the moment but saw them live a few months ago and enjoyed them.
when they came over last and was deeply unimpressed. Then again, loads of people here dug them, I think the album's good, worthy a download, though the new stuff they played was a bit more exciting. Still...can't beat "Where There's A Will There's A Whalebone" though.
they were excellent when I saw them.
Yes, the album's awesome. GET IT.
which means a few things I guess:
- indie fans download a lot of their music, especially when it's leaked 6 months before release.
- the record buying public have strange taste.
- looks like they might get dropped.
I guess people should buy more records and stuff.
doesn't that mean it's outsold Who'll Cut Our Hair...? ;o)
I don't know how many that sold, but it is still selling to this day. I run the Unicorns/Islands/Th'Corn Gangg/Alden... site, and we get new posters coming a lot to ask about them. When I saw the band a couple of times on the Euro tour they were saying that they're still getting as many questions about The Unicorns than they were getting about Islands. Alien8 are still getting t-shirt orders for the band, and copies of Unicorns are People too are shifting for lots of $$$ on ebay.
I'm not sure where ConcentrationFace gets those figures from either, perhaps he/she can list a source.
when I spoke to Nick Diamond he said the album hadn't sold that well, people had obviously downloaded, that sort of usual thing. Then I heard from a UK Marketing guy at Rough Trade that it had only sold 600 copies. Maybe he was fucking with me, but I can imagine it's fairly accurate...everyone I know who loved The Unicorns had it downloaded well before the UK release. Sad, but true...a lot of people just wanted to hear Islands asap, nothing particularly malicious about it. What I said about them getting dropped was purely conjecture on my part; I'm sure bands have been dumped for less sales...but Rough Trade don't seem like that sort of label, and there would be countless labels who would pick them up. Both The Unicorns and Islands are both definitely bands who people are going to be constantly discovering; it's doubtful they will be forgotten.
I'm sure it has sold more by now, but it does seem a strangely low number. I was trying to make a more general point about bands selling surprisingly few albums. eg. have heard Tapes 'n Tapes, despite all the hype, haven't sold that much...once again due to downloading and just the general position the music industry is in.
But I guess that warrants a whole separate thread of discussion. I'm off to go illegally download some Adam Gnade (only joking).
i remember colin on here saying ages ago that the unicorns album had only sold (i think) a few hundred copies.
and, yeah, rough trade don't seem the sort to 'drop' bands. they've been putting out oneida's albums for the last few years, which i can't imagine they shift more than a few hundred each.
that's criminal, i'll make sure it's the next album i buy.
but i do remember it being a very low figure.
...thanks for clarifying.
To be honest I think Nick is known to be fairly guarded about his music, and is well known to tell the odd white lie here and there.....infact, in interviews he usually only talks in white lies. ;)
As for the Rough Trade guy, that could be more telling, but obviously it could also be second hand passed on information.
I wouldn't imagine that the band are too worried. As anyone who caught them on their Euro tour will know, they played many songs which are from the next album, and in their show last week they played three brand new ones. Unfortunately the girl who talked to him there didn't ask when the new album would drop, but it seems that they are moving speedily already. If indeed it didn't sell that great in the UK, then hopefully their second effort will do better.
there is morbid darkness lurking beneath their surface woo pretty
the last couple of days and love it. especailly dont call me whitney. such a lovely vocal line. "bones bones broken brittle bones lalalala." makes me smile.