Monuments, the new album by Austin trio Ume is available everywhere today via Dangerbird Records. The album is the follow up to the group's heralded debuted full-length album Phantoms and can be purchased now at www.umemusic.com or at iTunes HERE.Monuments was recorded in Seattle, WA at Robert Lang Studios and produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Cat Power).
In celebration of the release, Ume will perform a special in-store performance at Waterloo Records this Friday, March 7th in their hometown of Austin, TX. Next week Ume will appear at South By Southwest before hitting the road for a headlining U.S. tour in support of the new release. 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 AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
TUE 11 MAR @ 9:30PM - The Show at Cheer Up Charlie's (900 Red River)
WED 12 MAR @ 2:30PM - Antiquiet & Swinghouse Studios Party @Rusty's (405 E 7th St.)
WED 12 MAR @ 7:00PM - Entercom & Sony TX @ Hangar & Six Lounge (4th & Colorado)
THU 13 MAR @ 9:00PM - SHOWCASE @ Brazos Hall Brazos Hall (204 E 4th St. w/ Blondie)
FRI 14 MAR @ 4:00PM - Circus on the Moon and Lonestar Brewing Present The Lonestar Bash @ Swan Dive (615 Red River)
SAT 15 MAR @ 3:50PM - New Amsterdam SX Party @ Jackalope (404 E 6th St.)
"The Austin rockers go agro and elegant on their latest release."
"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"
"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."