Monday, November 8, 2010

UME @ 3 Clubs

UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
photograph by picksysticks



UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
UME's Lauren Larson performs at 3 Clubs in Hollywood.
photograph by picksysticks


"Hi, we're UME," lead singer Lauren Larson says with a barely there whisper before launching herself into a full spazmatic musical attack. UME? Oh my!

This power indie trio tore up this tiny stage Thursday night at 3 Clubs in Hollywood. Which explains why earlier, bassist Eric Larson placed Lauren's microphone stand off the elevated platform and then positioned himself as far right as the stage would allow him. Lauren, the petite tsunami that she is, needed all the space available. Hair whipping, body flailing, she played fast and loud. This night, they're the featured artist on The Rumble West Coast Tour with L.A.'s own The Smiles.

UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks



UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
UME performs at 3 Clubs Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks



UME (pronounced ooh-may) brings the pop-aggressive sounds of the Pixies with the edgy rawness of The Breeders. A big part of that sound comes from Lauren's lush vocals and fierce play on guitar – from the hauntingly melodic "Sunshower" to the unforgiving yet infectious "Conductor," UME creates catchy and snarly melodies that makes you wonder why we haven't heard of these guys west of the I5 freeway.


"Conductor" by UME.
directed by Paul Raila


UME is no secret east of L.A. The Austin darlings have been around since 2002, brewing excitement in the Texas music scene with electrifying shows around town and, most recently, at SXSW, CMJ and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They just released their Sunshower EP last year to rave reviews, topping many reviewers' lists. As one reviewer put it quite nicely, "UME is all about Lauren's ability to make her voice go from virgin to whore in a matter of moments..." My thoughts exactly.


UME performs "Octupus Hands" at 3 Clubs.
vid by 405east


Remaining tour dates:
11/7 – Bunkhouse, Las Vegas
11/8 – Burt's Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
11/27 – Antone's, Austin, TX
1/21 – Granada Theater, Dallas TX
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