Here at MusicRadar, we like nothing more than spotlighting rising stars, and recently we've been most impressed with the Austin-based trio Ume (pronounced ooo-may). Their full-length debut, Phantoms, is an explosive, melodic blend of post-alt-rock heaviness (you can stream the record on Soundcloud here and purchase it on iTunes here (opens in new tab)), and in a few weeks, they're set to record a follow-up with producer Adam Kasper, he of Foo Fighters/Cat Power/Queens Of The Stone Age fame.
We caught up with guitarist-singer Lauren Larson, bassist Eric Larson (yes, the two are married) and drummer Rachel Fuhrer at New York's Webster Hall recently, where they were set to share the stage with The Toadies and Helmet. All three members of Ume ran through their live setups, which you can see in the video above.
Lauren describes herself as "quite the Fender fan" - she plays a mid-'60s Duo-Sonic II and a mid-'70s Telecaster Deluxe. When asked what her dream guitar might be, she answered, "I'd love to have a custom Fender, maybe with a Mustang body. I like the smaller neck on the Duo-Sonic. It's still a full-scale guitar, but it's a bit smaller. I really like dual humbuckers - you get such a fatter, beefier sound with them."
Following a date this weekend (25 August) at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, Ume will hit the road in the fall, again with The Toadies and Helmet (click here for the dates). The group will also be featured on the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, airing 3 September on the Travel Channel. Catch a glimpse of the episode below. And yes, those are indeed "chicken balls."