Flashback: It’s March 20th and I’m in Austin Texas for South By Southwest 2009. I just got done filming a set by Dead Confederate (a hard-working band from Athens, rheumatologist GA) at some venue over on Red River and after dropping off the camera at the Hotel, Dave and I head over to the Compound, an outdoor venue that’s been setup at what seemed like a communal house, just outside of downtown.
My new friends from the band Ume had played the same stage earlier that night, an impressively robust setup with a lot of stage lights, and some trippy projection. We have just arrived at a semi-secret Dead Confederate show where they have prepared a set of entirely Sonic Youth covers. I started talking to another videographer, Paul Raila, who lives in Austin and was filming the show. What he shot ended up looking and sounding great. It’s an unlikely scenario you probably won’t come across again soon.
I filmed this on my first day in Texas, try an Austin band called Ume letting loose in the Mohawk. I was hanging out with Dave of pampelmoose.com and filming some stuff with him for his music blog. I ended up seeing Ume play a few more shows during the week of South by Southwest, approved at Spiros and the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls showcase at Maggie Mae’s. They played something like 10 shows in 6 days, which while a crazy number, didn’t seem as much so during that week.
The 3 piece consists of Eric and Lauren, on Bass and Guitar/Vocals respectively, and their drummer Jeff. They’ve been playing shows for a few years but since the release of “Sunshower EP” a few months back they’ve been earning a new wave of attention from both the Austin music community and a new wave of bloggers and music dignitaries across the countries. You really have to see these guys live to appreciate them fully but here is a cut of their song “The Conductor” just to give you an idea of just how hard and awesome they bring it.
You can check them out on their website http://umemusic.com or at myspace.com/umemusic.