UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

POPSCENE CLUB NIGHT WITH

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

GAUNTLET HAIR, plus DJs Aaron Axelsen and DJ Dials

Thu, November 3, 2011

9:00 pm

Rickshaw Stop

$12-14

This event is 18 and over

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Unknown Mortal Orchestra first dropped into the world in late 2010 as a bandcamp account carrying a single, sweet little dose of ear candy called ‘Ffunny Ffrends’.

‘Ffunny Ffrends’ was everything you imagined it might be – alien beatnik pop music that echoed 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism with just a hint of gentle weirdness that suggested its roots might equally lie in the verdant indie of the equally distant New Zealand scene.

‘Ffunny Ffrends’ was immediately feted on hundreds of blogs worldwide. By the time a self-titled UMO 7” EP was then released from behind a veil of secrecy on the UK label, Sounds of Sweet Nothing, ‘who is Unknown Mortal Orchestra?’ was more than just a question on people’s lips, it was a full scale clamor for the unveiling of one of the most exciting new bands of the moment.

Ruban Nielson is a New Zealand native who had transplanted to Portland with his band Mint Chicks. UMO was a project conceived as Ruban’s escape hatch to a new musical dimension where his vision of junkshop record collector pop could be realized in a sound that recalled Captain Beefheart, Sly Stone and RZA jamming on some kids tv theme too dark to ever be broadcast.

Out of the home studio, Ruban was joined by local Portland producer Jake Portrait on bass and teenage prodigy Julien Ehrich on drums. They have been on the road all year, sleeping in ditches and running drunkenly from venues when needs be, curling ears and turning heads with their intoxicating sound all the way.

"Unknown Mortal Orchestra are nothing if not accurately named-- there's barely a droplet of information about this band out there, other than the fact that they are from Portland (and there are plenty of Portlands). The band (excuse me, orchestra) have exactly one song to its name thus far, the fuzzed-out beat-pop jam "Ffuny Ffrends"-- and it's definitely promising." --Pitchfork
GAUNTLET HAIR
GAUNTLET HAIR
Gauntlet Hair is a relatively unknown pair of dudes who are named Andy and Craig, from the smallish (23,000 population) Colorado town of Lafayette. The pair garnered a fair amount of attention after being part of the Rhinoceropolis-curated block of Denver-based bands that played at the post-SXSW Mexican extravaganza MtyMx. The band's track "I Was Thinking…" is a pretty insatiable guitar stomp that throws some R&B and soul into the lo-fi revival pot, mixing heavily reverbed guitars with a simple, but undeniably booty-shaking beat. Add in some Animal Collective-style vocal melodies and you've got something pretty fantastic. The track showed up on Denver producer Pictureplane's MtyMx mixtape but no other release info is currently available.

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Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
http://rickshawstop.com