Kids interview Ume; band on tour with The Toadies and Helmet

Can’t believe a week ago at this time we were hopping into the car and headed to Cincinnati for the Bunbury Festival. Over the course of 3 days we saw a lot of really great acts; it seemed like whichever band we saw most recently was the one we tagged with “best set at Bunbury” tag. When I think back about the act that truly stood out for me, without a doubt it was Austin, Texas trio Ume.

While I had heard the band’s 2011 release Phantoms on Spotify, I was unprepared for the HEAVINESS that was unleashed on a steamy Sunday afternoon. Describing Ume’s sound to fellow festivalgoers, before seeing the band, I said, “It’s like The Joy Formidable if they were influenced by Black Sabbath instead of ’80s and ’90s British rock.” That description was right on the mark. Singer/guitarist Lauren Larson was the fiercest guitar player I witnessed over the course of the festival, playing heavy riffs and bouncing around the stage as if possessed by a demon. This type of performance will serve the band well on the tour they are kicking off with The Toadies and Helmet (dates after the jump). Before seeing them, I wondered if they would be able to hold their own with those two bands. After seeing them, I have little doubt.

Connie and Olivia, our two 11-year-old budding rock journalists, were able to snag a few minutes with the trio following their blistering performance.

The Toadies/Helmet/Ume tour dates

07/20 – Houston – HOB
07/21 – Pensacola – Cptn Fun Beach Club
07/22 – New Orleans – Tipitinas
07/24 – Jacksonville – Jack Rabbits
07/25 – Ft. Lauderdale – Revolution
07/26 – St Petersburgh – State Theatre
07/27 – Orlando – HOB
07/28 – Atlanta – Masquerade
07/29 – Charlotte – Fillmore
07/31 – Silver Spring – Fillmore
08/01 – Philadelphia – Trocadero
08/02 – New York – Webster Hall
08/03 – Boston – Paradise
08/04 – Rochester – Waterstreet Music Hall
08/05 – Lansing – Michigan Rock and Brew Fest
08/07 – Cleveland – HOB
08/08 – Detroit – The Crofoot
08/09 – Chicago – HOB
08/10 – Indianapolis – Vogue Theater
08/11 – St. Louis – Pop’s
08/12 – Kansas City – Beaumont
08/14 – Denver – Bluebird

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