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18 May 2014

Austin, Texas 3 piece Ume (pronounced "ooo-may") are set to release their brand new album 'Monuments' in the UK on June 9th through Dangerbird Records.

This huge, raucous and passionate record, produced by Grammy award winning Adam Kaspar (QOTSA, cat Power, Nirvana, Foo Fighters) is the band's first ever release over here in the UK, and will see them venture here for the first time ever for dates in the summer.

The first set of these dates can now be announced as supporting the mighty, legendary Black Sabbath in Hyde Park on July 4th, which will be the band's first EVER UK live show. Before then, the band are touring the US with Circa Survive.

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Ume frontwoman Lauren Larson was also recently, personally invited by Nancy Wilson (Heart) to perform with her at Acoustic 4-A Cure Benefit at The Fillmore In San Francisco on May 15th. Along with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), James Hetfield (Metallica), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Joe Satriani, and more.

The Austin band's powerful rock songs balance elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious Metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio's new album, 'Monuments', a collection of songs that re-imagines heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive.

When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut 'Phantoms', the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume's momentous live show onto a recording - both sonically and emotionally. Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, 'Monuments' is Ume's most colossal sounding recording yet.

The guitars are heavier, the rhythms more powerful, the vocals and song writing bolder and more intimate. From the first blast of the opening track "Black Stone," there is no doubt this is a record driven by guitars dropped to D, yet one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions.

Ume are:
Lauren Larson - guitar and vocals
Rachel Fuhrer - drums
Eric Larson - bass


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