Sunday, June 29, 2014

Show Preview - Ume - 7.7.14 - Mr Smalls - Concert Preview

Austin based trio Ume will be appearing next Monday, 7.7 at Mr Smalls opening for Circa Survive. If you follow the blog, you know we are big fans of the group, having seen them live a couple of times over the past few years. They put on an amazing show with lead Lauren Larson thrashing throughout their entire live set. You can checkout our past show review of them at the Hard Rock Cafe here. Their Sunshower EP also made our top of album that year. They are touring behind their new album Monuments which you can find streaming here.

From their bio:

For Ume, music is the embodiment of contradiction. The Austin band’s powerful rock songs contain a multitude of opposing juxtapositions, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio’s new album, Monuments, a collection of songs that reimagine heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive. When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut Phantoms, the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume’s momentous live show onto a recording. Rarely has the platform for women in rock been updated as authoritatively as it has been with this band and this new album.

Monuments emphasizes the intense power for which Ume has earned live acclaim, but also urges stronger variety of sound and greater emotional range. The album equally contains the heaviest riffs the band has written and their most vulnerable sonic moments, connected by an overarching tone of honesty and freedom. From the first blast of the opening track “Black Stone,” there is no doubt this is a record driven by one of today’s most ascendant shredders, and one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions. Cohesive but unorthodox, the album deftly balances the propulsive, surging rock of songs like “Too Big World” and “Chase It Down” with the raw, acoustic introspection of “Barophobia” and “Within My Bones.” At the record’s emotional epicenter is “Gleam,” a dedication to Esme Barrera, one of Lauren’s fellow Girl’s Rock Camp volunteers who was murdered during the writing of the record.

Show begins at 7:30p with doors at 7p.