Let’s face it guys: chicks who play guitar are cool. Ume’s Lauren Larson seems cool to begin with. But factor in that she’s a kick-ass punk and rock guitarist and an awesome vocalist and I’m in love. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with the women I fall in love with, she’s taken. Her husband Eric plays bass in the band. The trio is rounded out by drummer Jeff Barrera. Together the band has toured the country, opening for bands like Arcade Fire, The Octopus Project, and …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead, and appearing at their hometown music festival: Austin’s SXSW. Along they way they’ve honed a live show into a thing of grungy beauty and built a reputation as a band not afraid to let it all hang out on stage. They released an EP, Sunshower in 2008, and will be heading into the studio this winter to record a full-length album.
The title track from Sunshower is also its most laid-back track. Well, at least at first it is. It kicks things up a bit at the chorus. Larson’s vocals take center stage and draw the listener in.
“East of Hercules”
Guitar riffs, drenched in delay, and a driving beat. Countless rock songs are built on this simple formula. But there’s a reason for that: it works.