It’s the Triumphant Return of Texas rockers Ume, back with their first new music in 4 years, with “Other Nature”!
Ume’s “Other Nature” was recorded with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Modest Mouse, Cat Power, Loretta Lynn) over the course of 2 weeks in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX and it brings to life a deeply personal and transformative collection of songs written by powerhouse guitarist/vocalist Lauren Larson, while the world around her slept.
Playing through debilitating tendonitis, Lauren teamed with longtime Ume bassist Eric Larson and drummer Aaron Perez, as well as Don Cento on synth, to bring her home demos to life. Embracing spontaneity and a new adventurous energy, the band reformed in the studio to produce their most gorgeously dynamic record yet. The result is a massive and enchanting collection of 10 songs, showcasing the strength and fragility of Lauren’s voice, more confident and defiant songwriting, more dynamic and experimental guitars, textures of synths, and a smoldering, soulful rhythm section that takes the songs beyond where Ume has been on previous records.
This is the Ume’s first record since 2014’s “Monuments”. They previously released “Phantoms” on Modern Outsider in 2011 and self-released their EP “Sunshower” in 2009, but the story of Ume begins with Lauren falling in love with blasting subversive riffs as a 15-year-old self-taught guitarist in a politically charged noise punk band. Dedicated to performing like her life depended on it, Lauren’s music career took her from DIY youth run shows, like at the skatepark where she met bassist/husband Eric Larson — to performing with her guitar heroine Nancy Wilson of Heart and appearing on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations — to Ume playing major festivals like ACL and London’s Hyde Park with Black Sabbath.
“When it comes to art, psychedelia, and rock and roll, it doesn’t get much better.”—Village Voice
“A little like fuzzy shoegaze, raw garage rock and irresistible pop all rolled into one fiery package.”—NYLON
“has merged the sounds of heavy rock and ethereal indie pop with deft precision, finding new ground somewhere in between Warpaint, Metric and Mogwai.”—Relix