Penny Drop, Laneway Presents, Noisey & RTR Bring You:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Thursday 3rd December, 2015
Show Commences: 8:30pm
Just announced for Meredith Music Festival, Unknown Mortal Orchestra – the Portland via New Zealand outfit fronted by psychedelic visionary Ruban Nielson – will return to Australia for a run of national dates in December.
Nielson and his cohorts from his adopted hometown – bassist Jacob Portrait, drummer Riley Geare, and keyboardist Quincy McCrary – will play at Perth’s Astor Theatre on Thursday December 3, Sydney’s The Metro Theatre on Friday December 4, Brisbane’s The Triffid on Sunday December 6 and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Tuesday December 8. It’ll mark UMO’s first shows since their exclusive dates at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in 2014.
Already one of the year’s best albums, Multi-Love follows the introspective and road-weary II (2013) and their self-titled 2011 debut, which blew the lid off the bedroom project started by Nielson following his relocation to Portland and the dissolution of the Mint Chicks.
First single Multi-Love – described by The Herald Sun as “UMO’s Paranoid Android” – sees Nielson’s vocals soar to new heights. In its 4/5 star review, The Guardian’s Tim Jonze said the album takes it cues from soul music, but splashes “the canvas with futurist synths and trippy vocal effects”. FasterLouder declared Multi-Love as the band’s “best LP yet”, while Tone Deaf described it as “a whirlwind and entirely strange adventure that leaves you breathless and exhilarated”.
Though conceived in the bedroom, UMO are a force to be reckoned with on stage. With Geare and Portrait locking down a tight groove, Nielson’s guitar prowess really comes to the fore. The band’s songs often descend into extended psychedelic jams, and with the addition of McCrary on keys, their new material – as well as favourites from their first two records – has taken on an extra dimension live. Don’t miss them when they play songs from Multi-Love in Australia for the very first time.
UMO are scheduled to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Conan later this month. Multi-Love is out now on Jagjaguwar through Inertia.
Watch the kaleidoscopic video for UMO's new single Ur Life One Night below – described by its director Manoj Leonel Jahson as a “sexually charged riot”
“ The sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music Unknown Mortal Orchestra has made.” – NPR Music
“[Multi-Love] is Ruban Nielson’s strongest record yet, a sublime mash of psychedelia and R&B that incredibly evokes a Stevie Wonder -- that is, if Stevie Wonder was from New Zealand and strongly considered the existence of chemtrails.” – The Fader
“Funk has sashayed its way back into the forefront of music, and almost no one is incorporating it better than Unknown Mortal Orchestra.” – Stereogum
For Full Artist Information Visit:
www.unknownmortalorchestra.com , facebook.com/unknownmortalorchestra , twitter.com/umo
Stalls - General Admission Standing - Limited Unreserved Seating
Balcony - Reserved Seating - Only accessible via the stairs. No disabled access.
Licensed Venue - No BYO
Adults only Licensed event (Please Note this is not an all ages event)
Patrons under the age of 18 years can attend accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
PATRONS UNDER THE AGE OF 13 YEARS NOT ADMITTED
Please note that entry is entirely at the discretion of the Licensee.