Ume today announced a run of co-headlining dates with The Life and Times. The trek will begin in the band's hometown on June 8th and wind down in Denver, Colorado on June 19th.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ume is Lauren Larson (Vocals, Guitar), Eric Larson (Bass), and Rachel Fuhrer (drums). The trio's music is one of beautiful juxtapositions: the loud and soft, the aggressive and eerie, buoyant melodies bursting through wall-of-noise dissonance. Ume explores the artier, heavier side of indie rock, post-punk, and alternative rock. The band merges soaring fretwork with indelible pop hooks, radiant choruses, and front-woman Lauren Larson's ethereal vocals.
"Distortion-heavy jams invite comparisons to Sonic Youth, but Ume do more headbanging and wailing," Rolling Stone exclaimed while declaring them one of the 16 best, unsigned acts in the country prior to their signing last year. While critics will inevitably clamor for comparisons, Ume is ultimately a beast unto itself.
With Phantoms, their full-length album released in August of 2011 by Modern Outsider Records, Ume harnessed their carefully crafted chaos into ten tracks, capturing the unhinged passion and raw catharsis of their live shows while pushing their ever-evolving sound to impressive new heights. Like a bridge between Black Sabbath and Bat For Lashes, the LP is heavy, anthemic, beautiful and mesmerizing.
Ume has already garnered impressive reviews in the media. Nylon declared, "this band is ready to break out in a whole new way... A little like fuzzy shoegaze, raw garage rock and irresistible pop all rolled into one fiery package," while Relix proclaimed the music as "heavy rock and ethereal indie pop with deft precision, finding new ground somewhere in between Warpaint, Metric and Mogwai." Ume recently caught the attention of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain who attended and taped one of the band's many packed shows at SXSW for an upcoming episode of his TV show No Reservations. To quote Bourdain, it was "... a shitload of rawk in a tiny little room."
See them for yourself...
6/2 - 6/3 - Free Press Houston Summerfest - Houston, TX
6/8 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
6/11 - The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
6/12 - The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
6/13 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
6/15 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR
6/16 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
6/18 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
6/19 - The Walnut Room - Denver, CO
7/15 - Bunbury Festival - Cincinnati, OH