Unknown Mortal Orchestra or UMO have shared their video for “Shakedown Street,” the cover of the Grateful Dead classic. The song is part of…Read More
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is an American and New Zealand rock band composed of singer Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Greg Rogove. The band was started by Nielson (formerly of The Mint Chicks).
Singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson released the track “Ffunny Ffrends” on his Bandcamp profile in the spring of 2010. It was paired with no further information, notably no mention of who created it. Soon, popular bloggers got a hold of the track. Through their reposting and relentless hunt down for the creator, Nielson finally claimed the track as Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s
The band’s debut self-titled album was released June 21, 2011 on Fat Possum Records. The album quickly received critical acclaim. Pitchfork gave the album an 8.1, describing that with “an expert use of space rare for such a lo-fi record, UMO manages a unique immersive and psychedelic quality without relying on the usual array of bong-ripping effects.”
In the spring of 2012, the band won the Taite Music Prize for the album. Although the nominated Unknown Mortal Orchestra did not win Best Alternative Album, Ruban took home the title of Best Male Artist at the 47th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
In September 2012, Unknown Mortal Orchestra announced that they had signed to Jagjaguwar and were working on their second full-length album. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sophomore album is titled II and will be released on February 5, 2013. The first single from the forthcoming album, entitled “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)”, was first available as a 7″ on their tour with Grizzly Bear.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra has scheduled a 2013 world tour for their forthcoming album. The tour starts off in Australia, follows with several stops in Europe, and finishes in North America after six weeks of shows with Foxygen.
This year marked WayHome Music and Arts Festival second annual return to the rural township of Oro-Medonte, in Southern Ontario. Hosted within the sprawling,…Read More
We’re here in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, (it’s okay if you’ve never heard of this place, don’t worry) for the second year of WayHome Music and…Read More
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra premiered a new video for their recently shared single, “First World Problem.” The video, which features dancers Kiani del Valle…Read More
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra premiered their new track “First World Problem.” The song was recorded in March while the band was on break from…Read More
The third annual Isle of Light festival will take place March 5, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This year’s lineup will feature acts…Read More
Unknown Mortal Orchestra has announced a run of tour dates in the US and their first ever shows in South America. Brothers Ruban and…Read More
Alright kids, here it is. The big year end list. It’s all come down to this. Why do we do year end lists? Do…Read More
Recently, you may have seen a curious animated short film set to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Necessary Evil,” one of the stand-outs from this year’s…Read More
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has shared the video for their single “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” (which the band recently performed on Conan) from…Read More
With a bolstered sound that incorporates funk-infused synths and emotionally charged lyrics, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album, Multi-Love, which could quite possibly be more…Read More
With the upcoming new album Into, Vinyl Williams leaves behind the murkier lo-fi production of his 2012 debut full-length, Lemniscate, for more textured, somnambulant…Read More