Ume 03-12-19 (Live @ Cheer Up Charlies)

My next stop on my first day of SXSW was to head to Cheer Up Charlies for the Modern Outsider Records SXSW Showcase where 2 of my must see bands were playing on the same night. First up, I was going to catch the highly acclaimed Austin-based band Ume.

Ume consists of  Lauren Larson Vocals/Guitar, Eric Larson Bass, Don Cento Guitar & Aaron Perez Drums. I only knew one song from the band as I discovered them in the SXSW 2019 app while planning my schedule. However from what I heard in that one song, I knew it would be a band I had to see.

I was completely right as the foursome played an amazing 10 song set to a packed crowd that kicked off with a strong performance of Too Big World. From the outset, I could tell that Lauren had some serious stage presence & would be quite the firecracker.

One of my favorite songs of the entire set was The Center which is off their most recent album 2018’s Other Nature. I love the opening bass lines that are followed quickly by the sweet guitar work from Lauren. I definitely would love to hear this song live more.

After seeing Ume play, I became an instant fan & wished they were based in NYC so I could see them play a lot more. Everyone in the band was on point & I have to give Lauren major props for not only the great guitar licks, raw & powerful vocals but the awesome energy she put into putting on a show as a front woman!

Check out the full album of images on Capture The Show by clicking here!

Find out more about Ume by clicking here to visit their official website. Give them a like on Facebook by clicking here & a follow on Twitter by clicking here.

David Holland

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