Although its title reads Failure, Unicycle Loves You's follow-up to the 2010 sophomore album Mirror, Mirror is anything but. It is a veritable hodgepodge of clashing styles and tones, but "Failure" exudes a level of polish and refinement not found in the Chicago band's previous scattershot efforts. This time there's more of a focused, calculated method to all of the eardrum-shattering madness. And clocking in at an anemic 29 minutes, one would think that the experience would leave indie rock enthusiasts wanting. But what Failure lacks in running time, it more than makes up for with a dizzying assortment of catchy, memorable tunes that rattle around in your brain days. Even before you get to the end, the album's unapologetic attitude and Sonic Youth-style rock alchemy will inevitably take hold and prompt you to revisit tracks like "Garbage Dump," the furious, pulse-pounding opener, and "Bitch Eye," a beguiling showcase for the outfit's bassist and co-vocalist, Nicole Vitale, over and over again.
Unicycle Loves You plays the Badlander Friday, March 30, at 9 PM for the official Dude Abides after-party, with locals I Hate Your Girlfriend and Shahs. $5/$3 with a Wilma wristband.