Unknown Mortal Orchestra consists of songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait, and drummer Riley Geare. The American/New Zealand trio rose to fame via the internet, but are now accomplished on the live and recorded music scene.
The band have been growing in popularity recently, selling out tours in Europe and America, as well as a performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2013, and Late Night With Seth Meyers and Conan earlier this year.
Their debut self-titled album was released in 2011 on Fat Possum Records, and their second album, II, was released in 2012. On May 26th of this year, the band released their third album Multi-Love. It’s the promotion of this record which brought them to Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Tuesday night.
Fans had been attempting to purchase tickets for the gig through the event page on social media, and a lucky few were successful in obtaining the final tickets. The band took to the stage at 9pm sharp to deliver an hour’s worth of their psychedelic rock sound, which included both singles from the new album; ‘Multi-Love’ and ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’. UMO played to a sold out venue and the crowd’s ears were left ringing at the end of the set.
Nielson’s strong vocals and the band’s collective musical efficiency filled Concorde 2 with a rush of kaleidoscopic sound. Whilst the psychedelic aspect of the band’s music was prevalent on some tracks more so than others, UMO still managed to deliver their individual style of music, and the smiling faces of the fans as they left the venue proved the night had been a success for both band and listeners.