The ACL crowd had barely digested breakfast when Ume unpeeled their guitars and threatened make folks at the Austin Ventures stage eat their lunch.
The austin three piece, led by husband and wife team of singer/guitarist Lauren Larson and bassist Eric Larson, are explosive, as they have been for years. They’ve been a fixture around town so long I assumed they’d played ACL before, but towards the end of their set Lauren told the crowd that playing the fest was “a dream come true” for the band. Had this really not happened before? Incredible.
Ume have a new ascending profile thanks to their latest record, “Monuments.” To local ears, their live sound hasn’t undergone big changes, so maybe it’s just that Lauren Larson’s headbanging, super-intense vocal wailing, and shredding have caught enough people’s attention.
There’s one thing I did catch on Sunday; a Karen O connection. Lauren Larson has a similar skill, moving from super intense gnashing of teeth, to pretty tones in a few seconds. With pop music feeling so slick and overproduced these days, it’s nice to reminded how cathartic dirty, loud, grungy rock can sound.
Also, judging from the number of young girls in the crowd, there was a real demand for strong, raucous women absolutely owning an ACL stage.