About Unknown Mortal Orchestra
What happens when the band you were in…disbands? If you're Portland, Oregon's Ruban Nielson, you plan to quit music except as a hobby. Until it becomes something more.
The something more we're referring to is an outfit that calls itself Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It started out as Nielson making psychedelic demos in his basement and branched into a brand of experimental pop that made its way to the ears of some important people at Fat Possum Records. Cue the record deal, and the subsequent release of the group's self-titled debut in the early summer of 2011.
Funny things happen when you least expect them to, like Unknown Mortal Orchestra growing so much it needed to enlist the help of a full band for a promotional tour. They later signed with Jagjaguwar for a sophomore album, "II," which received widespread critical acclaim. It won Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards, earned a 9/10 rating from Clash Music, and high praise from Paste Magazine (which called the album "a modern, beat-heavy take on '60s psych, with plenty of hooks and fuzz to get you hooked and feeling fuzzy."
Unknown Mortal Orchestra has also gained quite a following thanks to its live shows. They embarked on a world tour in the winter of 2012, kicking off with shows in Australia and moving to New Zealand, the UK and finally into North America. They were named one of Fuse TV's "30 must-see artists at SXSW" and consistently sold out shows, finally extending their tour through the end of 2013.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Touring North America and Europe
In four short years, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s accomplished a lot! Singer-songwriter Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait, and drummer Riley Geare make up the group known for the 2013 hit “So Good at Being in Trouble.” The indie rock band from Portland, OR by way of Auckland, NZ, released their second studio album early last year.…Read more
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