Left to right: Samuel Lloyd (guitar and vocals) & Bradley Stewart (drums)
Crushing drums, heavy riffs, and dynamic songwriting have been the trademark sound for upstart Tallahassee band Unico as they approach their first release - the staggering 50+ minute LP, Hymns of the Bone Orchard. Performing live as a two-piece, Unico is frenetic and loud on stage, resulting in a growing following in a college town not known for its metal backlog.
The two met in early 2017 as part of a stoner rock project and developed an immediate chemistry based on their love of heavier sounds from bands like High on Fire, Weedeater, and Conan. After some initial lineup experimentation, they committed to playing as a duo and dialed in their current sound.
Unico’s writing process is uniquely democratic as the two set out to write songs together and let each song evolve with every practice. In short - every part in every song has earned its keep over the course of writing the album. Whether starting from a chord progression, a lyric, or a time signature that hadn’t yet been explored, Unico seeks to challenge traditional doom conventions with slow burning riffs, changing rhythms and broad sonic textures that take their time to build.
Inspiration and lyrical concepts come from familiar avenues: personal grief and loss, social commentary, and the love of dystopian fiction. The central themes of Hymns of the Bone Orchard are the obsolescence of man and the wake left from the darker corridors of the human condition: greed, complacency, and a pervasive war between fact and belief.
Unico recorded all of Hymns of the Bone Orchard with KOTP Records in Tallahassee, Florida. KOTP’s Tyler Denslow oversaw recording, mixing, and mastering.