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Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Fri 4 Dec 2015, 7:00pm

Where: Metro Theatre, 624 George Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+


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Listed by: twntythree

Recently 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”. Watch the kaleidoscopic video for new single 'Ur Life One Night' – described by its director Manoj Leonel Jahson as a “sexually charged riot” – here.

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.

Joining the Portland via New Zealand outfit fronted by psychedelic visionary Ruban Nielson will be Nicholas Allbrook in Perth and Alex Cameron in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Nicholas Allbrook AKA POND frontman, founding member of Mink Mussel Creek, ex-Tame Impala bass-player, one half of Nicholas-Avery and drummer with Peter Bibby, returns to the stage following a huge 12-months touring the world with POND, playing solo shows in Europe and the UK, and putting together his latest solo effort, The Walrus EP out this month via Spinning Top.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra will also be joined by Alex Cameron (Seekae) across the East Coast. Cameron takes the stage fresh from an extensive world tour, hitting the road with Foxygen across the U.S., playing shows in Europe as Seekae and wrapping it up with headline solo shows in Poland, Iceland and the UK.

Multi-Love is out now on Jagjaguwar through Inertia.

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