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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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  • Kings Picks

    Kings Picks on Ume

    about 2 years ago

    Austin Texas female indie act UME will be performing April 17th at the Parish (Austin). They were chosen as one of seven “undiscovered bands worth a listen” by Spin Magazine. For fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth. more at Kings of A&R

  • Covert Curiosity on Ume

    over 4 years ago

    After a few months spent plotting a killer day party with my good friends from Sonic Itch Music and Cubik Musik, we're excited to invite you to Above The Radar. more at

  • sonicitchmusic

    sonicitchmusic on Ume

    over 7 years ago

    Ume is not some low-fi, cutting edge, indie-pop, twee rock band…they are straight up rock in the Sonic Youth, Nirvana, PJ Harvey sense of the word and could fall in line with any of these bands at any given time. more at

  • shando on Ume

    about 8 years ago

    I love these guys.

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