Unknown Mortal Orchestra comes to the Revolution Hall January 30
Written by Rhiannon and Emma on January 23, 2016
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- the band gaining rapid momentum- is coming to Portland’s Revolution Hall Saturday January 30th. For everybody following this group’s hypnotic success, it’s not a show you’re going to want to miss.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a New Zealand and American band started by guitarist, songwriter and signer Ruban Nielson with Jake Portrait as bassist and Riley Geare as drummer. The music began after Nielson moved to Portland, letting go of becoming a professional musician after leaving his previous band, The Mint Chicks, in New Zealand. UMO began after he anonymously posted the song Ffunny Ffrends on bandcamp in 2010 while recording songs for himself in his basement. The song caught fire immediately and, a year later, the band signed to Fat Possum records.
Currently signed to Jagjaguwar, the band has seen considerable success in the five years following its founding, releasing three albums, each better than the last. The music is hypnotic and psychedelic, and heavy on production.
Multi-love as an album can only be described as polyamorous acid trip. The album, complex, vivid and mind-bending, was inspired by Nielson and his wife’s polyamorous relationship with a younger girl they met at a club in Tokyo. The three fell in love and the pains and joy of this nearly impossible “multi-love” became the artistic inspiration for this album. The emotion rings true in every beat of his music.
The opener, Lower Dens, will also be a pleasure to behold. Founded at nearly the same time as UMO in 2010, this group from Baltimore has some beautifully intriguing songs such, some of the most popular being “Ondine” and “To Die in LA”, both off their 2015 Album Escape from Evil.
Come out and support UMO as their home crowd (the group won’t even need a tour bus to come to this show!), as well as showing some Portland hospitality to Lower Dens.