Unknown Mortal Orchestra

New Zealand

Just announced for Meredith Music Festival, Unknown Mortal Orchestra – the Portland via New Zealand outfit fronted by psychedelic visionary Ruban Nielson – will return to Australia for a run of national dates in December.


Nielson and his cohorts from his adopted hometown – bassist Jacob Portrait, drummer Riley Geare, and keyboardist Quincy McCrary – will play at Perth’s Astor Theatre on Thursday December 3, Sydney’s The Metro Theatre onFriday December 4, Brisbane’s The Triffid on Sunday December 6 and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Tuesday December 8. It’ll mark UMO’s first shows since their exclusive dates at the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in 2014.

Already one of the year’s best albums, Multi-Love follows the introspective and road-weary II (2013) and their self-titled 2011 debut, which blew the lid off the bedroom project started by Nielson following his relocation to Portland and the dissolution of the Mint Chicks.

First single 'Multi-Love' – described by The Herald Sun as “UMO’s Paranoid Android” – sees Nielson’s vocals soar to new heights. In its 4/5 star review, The Guardian’s Tim Jonze said the album takes it cues from soul music, but splashes “the canvas with futurist synths and trippy vocal effects”.FasterLouder declared Multi-Love as the band’s “best LP yet”, while Tone Deaf described it as “a whirlwind and entirely strange adventure that leaves you breathless and exhilarated”. Watch the kaleidoscopic video for new single Ur Life One Night – described by its director Manoj Leonel Jahson as a “sexually charged riot” – here.

Though conceived in the bedroom, UMO are a force to be reckoned with on stage. With Geare and Portrait locking down a tight groove, Nielson’s guitar prowess really comes to the fore. The band’s songs often descend into extended psychedelic jams, and with the addition of McCrary on keys, their new material – as well as favourites from their first two records – has taken on an extra dimension live. Don’t miss them when they play songs from Multi-Lovein Australia for the very first time.

Joining Unknown Mortal Orchestra as support acts will be Alex Cameron (Bris/Syd/Melb) and Nicholas Allbrook (Perth).

Brought to you by Laneway Presents, Penny Drop, Noisey, Triple R, RTR FM & FBi Radio


Tour Dates

Dates Venue  
Thu, 03 Dec 2015
Astor Theatre (18+)
Fri, 04 Dec 2015
Metro Theatre (18+)
Sun, 06 Dec 2015
The Triffid (18+)
Tue, 08 Dec 2015
Corner Hotel (18+)
Wed, 09 Dec 2015
170 Russell (18+)

More Tours