Texas rockers Ume have shared the official music video for “Crushed”, the second single off of their upcoming record Other Nature exclusively via Culture Collide. Fans can check “Crushed” out here.
Speaking to the new single, lead singer Lauren Larson said, “’Crushed,’ for me, is about the catastrophic effects of love — its ability to both destroy your world and wildly, beautifully recreate it.”
“It’s a love song to my daughter,” she continued. “It’s also a reminder to ourselves to keep chasing those feelings of our youth — that feeling awoken in me as a kid in the front row of the Fugazi concert, losing myself in the madness of the music while wondering, “Can I be in a band too? I want to play guitar like this. I want to make people feel like this.”
Last month, they premiered their first new single in four years, “Two Years Sleep”, exclusively with Substream. Ume will kick off their summer tour opening for The Sword later this month.
The highly anticipated Other Nature is out July 20th via Modern Outsider. 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, itbrings 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 13 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ^
Jul 17 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records
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 *