Austin trio Ume today premiered a new music video for their current single “Black Stone” via VEVO. The video was directed by Justin Wilson with kaleidoscopic black light visuals that showcase both the band’s incendiary live show and the frenetic energy of guitarist and front woman Lauren Larson. “Black Stone” is featured on Ume’s new sophomore release Monuments, which was released on March 4th via Dangerbird Records and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Alternative New Artists Chart. To watch the video for “Black Stone”, click HERE.
This weekend Ume will hit the road for a headlining U.S. tour in support of the new release. The run of dates kicks off this Sunday, March 23rd at Firebird in St. Louis and wraps up on May 3rd in Plano, TX at Suburbia Fest. See below for a complete list of dates. To purchase tickets now, click HERE.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ume is Lauren Larson (Vocals, Guitar), Eric Larson (Bass), and Rachel Fuhrer (Drums) and rarely is the platform for women in rock updated as authoritatively as its been done with this band. 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 and have already garnered the attention of Nylon, who 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 Village Voice proclaimed “Ume immediately won me over with their raucous bursts of guitar-driven art rock, with front woman Lauren Larson threatening to take the whole thing off the rails with the abuse of her guitar strings. Still, underneath this Ume possesses an air of intelligence and depth rare in a genre known primarily for its copious drug use. When it comes to art, psychedelia, and rock and roll, it doesn’t get much better.
Ume has conquered audiences across the country as a result of their momentous live show and toured over 150 dates in support of their prior release. They’ve supported …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Warpaint, The Smashing Pumpkins, Franz Ferdinand, Helmet, and Cursive, and were personally invited to open for Jane’s Addiction at a Lollapalooza afterparty by Perry Ferrell last year. The band also appeared on the 2012 Season Premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, sharing their insight on local Austin food during Bourdain’s visit to SXSW.
Ume Live Dates
SUN 23 MAR – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
MON 24 MAR – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
WED 26 MAR -Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
THU 27 MAR – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
FRI 28 MAR – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
SAT 29 MAR – MAR Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
SUN 30 MAR Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
TUE 01 APR – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
WED 02 APR – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
FRI 04 APR – Los Angeles CA @ Satellite
SAT 03 MAY – Plano TX @ Suburbia Fest
“We have a serious band crush on Ume– crashing drums, psyche-tinged vocals, and scorching, head-banging guitar shredding — what’s not to love?”
“The Austin rockers go agro and elegant on their latest release.”
“When it comes to art, psychedelia, and rock and roll, it doesn’t get much better.”
“Distortion-heavy jams invite comparisons to Sonic Youth, but Ume do more headbanging and wailing.”
“Austin rockers go hard on their new album with a tight set of head-banging, guitar-screaming tracks that pack an emotional wallop.”
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
“Ume’s music is not only scintillating, it is outright captivating. Simply put, these three rock harder than most, if not all.”
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