LINK | Posted by Chris on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Unicycle Loves You lead singer/guitarist Jim Carroll:
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
I've found that "Noise Pop" is probably the most accurate description when asked this question by somebody. If that seems to perplex them, then I just tell them we like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
I don't really idolize my major influences because they always end up doing or saying something stupid to fuck up my admiration for them. I guess the stuff that really influences my own music is the stuff that moves me in the same way that it did when I was a teenager. I can throw an old record on by The Swirlies or Eric's Trip and it still sounds like the best thing in the world to me.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
The first cassette I bought with my own money was, in fact, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. I was eight with no older siblings, so cut me some slack.
What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
The "strangest" gig was probably when we were asked to play three shows in two days in Kentucky and Indiana with the live Yo Gabba Gabba! tour in 2010. We stood on a moving stage platform, got introduced by DJ Lance to a packed theater of parents and children, and then played one single song before the platform whisked us back behind the curtains. And we had to do this completely sober in the middle of the day. Everyone in the Yo Gabba Gabba crew was really nice and they put us up at The Marriott. I even got to meet Biz Markie!
What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Gordon Ramsay TV shows. Especially Hell's Kitchen.
If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Suicide Pizza. It's the only blatant food reference in any of our song titles.
Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, My Bloody Valentine, Wire, Notorious B.I.G., and Sonic Youth. The final jam is a slow, demented cover of "Rhythm Is A Dancer."
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