Texas rockers Ume’s new album Other Nature is available now via Modern Outsider Records! The record premiered yesterday with Billboard. Fans can now grab the album at indie music stores, digital retailers and streaming services throughout North America.
Buy / Stream Ume's Other Nature here: http://smarturl.it/othernature
Speaking to the record, lead singer Lauren Larson said, “I was playing guitar constantly — writing what would become this album while my new baby slept. I was waking up — not making lullabies, but pulling my heart out of my chest through these songs — ultimately finding empowerment and recovery, letting go and letting love in.
“We always try to make music that is powerful and impassioned,” she continued. “This record strives to be that too. But for me, and hopefully for listeners, it strikes a deeper chord too. It saved our band and we’re so grateful to be sharing these songs.”
Earlier this month, they premiered “Crushed” with Culture Collide and prior to that, shared “their first new single in four years, “Two Years Sleep”, exclusively with Substream. Ume will kick off their summer tour opening for The Sword next week.
Recorded with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, Loretta Lynn, Modest Mouse) over the course of 2 weeks in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX, Other Nature brings to life a deeply personal and transformative collection of songs written by powerhouse guitarist/vocalist Lauren 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 band’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.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
^ w/ The Vandelles, * w/ The Sword
Jul 21 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Album Release Show)
Jul 26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street *
Jul 27 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada *
Jul 28 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose *
Jul 29 – Madison, WA @ Majestic Theatre *
Jul 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Elevation *
Aug 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe *
Aug 3 – Albany, NY @ Jupiter Hall *
Aug 4 – Portland, ME @ Aura *
Aug 6 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
Aug 7 – Providence, RI @ The Met *
Aug 9 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
Aug 10 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate (Music Farm) *
Aug 11 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2 *
Aug 12 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre *
Aug 13 – Athens, GA @ Georgie Theatre *
Aug 14 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum *
Aug 15 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *