Dead Unicorn is a drummer (Zac Shaw) and a bass player (Paul Heath), both of whom sing and scream. The name refers to the Fifth Horse of the Apocalypse (the other four are just warm-ups). Dead Unicorn not only metaphorically suggests the loss of innocence when, say, we start a Global Thermonuclear War and blow ourselves away, but also stands for any scenario in which humanity is decimated, destroyed or otherwise extinguished en masse. It's all that we sing about. We don't mean to bring you down (we're all gonna die), rather, we want you to appreciate the inevitability of your own death as a method of maximizing your life. And then everyone dies.
When we're at our best, we're loud, catchy and more driving than a car crash. Some have called it 'apocalyptic grind pop' or 'melodic noise prog-punk' or whatever. Some people think we're in the same vein of Lightning Bolt, Big Business, The Blood Brothers or The Locust. One dude said Neil Young... trust me, we're not even sure ourselves. If it means anything, we both listen to Neurosis, No Means No, Melt Banana, Rocket From The Crypt, Envy, Noxagt, Misfits, Cursive, Botch, The Nation of Ulysses!, Muse, Tom Waits, East West Blast Test, Cinemechanica.
True story: Dead Unicorn was formed on the night we met a train-jumping hobo named 'Old Man' Willie. In 2005, we were rehearsing in an abandoned recording studio next to the tracks and he fell off a slow-moving train. As we gave him first aid for a gashed knee, he told us about the Yellowstone Supervolcano. This was way before the Discovery Channel specials and all that. We tried to get him to stay but he insisted on walking away, and he disappeared in the distance never to be seen or heard from again.
We rubbed salt in the wound of the Upstate NY live music scene pretty much exclusively for the first two years. Go easy on them. We busted out of our training bra in on 6/6/06 with our first release appearance on the Altercation 666 Rarities compilation CD, along with the (fucking awesome) Casket Architects. It wasn't long before we struck up a love quadrangle.
We spent the fall and winter of 2006 holed up with producer Jason Martin in various basements to produce our first release, Yellowstone Supervolcano. The shit came out hot! Thanks, Jason! We (mostly Paul) then hand-made 300 copies of the sucker -- silkscreened, spray-painted, the whole nine. That was fun!
Right after we birthed the YSV LP in February, the Casket Architects, who we were totally in love with at this point, concocted a scheme to kidnap us on tour for a couple of weeks. We somehow managed to play every awesome living room and basement between New York and Texas.
Back to reality! Right now we're all up in the studio rehearsing, writing and demo-ing material for our next release, Global Thermonuclear War. We have already recorded a couple of tracks for a teaser 7" that we're looking to put out as a bonus along with the album. Our first pressing of Yellowstone Supervolcano sold out and our repressing is going fast.