Hometown: Austin, TX
Tags: rock, female vocalists, indie rock
“a shitload of rawk in a tiny little room” ~ Anthony Bourdain
Rarely has the platform for women in rock been updated as authoritatively as it has been with this band and with their new album. For Ume, music is the embodiment of contradiction, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through their new record, Monuments, a collection of songs that reimagines heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive. When the group began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed Phantoms, the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume’s momentous live show onto a recording.
“There’s always been a complete lack of inhibition in our live show,” says Lauren (who’s been playing in DIY punk bands since age 14). “I don’t know if that’s necessarily been captured the same way on our recordings. So with this record we tried to embrace that sense of abandon and emotional catharsis in the studio as well. We didn’t hold anything back.”
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