The Unicorns’ brief, five-show reunion ended at the Metropolis in Montreal on Sunday night. A tour that seemed implausible even a few months ago was capped with a hometown headlining show, their only one after being invited by Arcade Fire to open a handful of gigs earlier this month.
The band played almost all the songs on Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? and the crowd sung along to each of them. The recently released cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Rocket Ship” was one of the evening’s notable non-Cut Our Hair tracks.
“This has been a real treat for us, but all things must end,” Nick Thorburn said at one point. And, given the band’s 10-year dormancy, as well as a post on their Facebook page saying the Metropolis show was their last for the foreseeable future, there was some gray area in whether he meant the evening or the band as a whole.
The Unicorns finished with “The Unicorns: 2014,” apropos as here we are in the year the song was written about. They then came back for a couple of cheeky one-note encores before returning to the stage a third time to perform a full and raucous version of “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” to end the night.