"Songs that balance sweet pop hooks with snarling heaviness, equal debts to punk, stoner, shoegaze and alt rock, insane guitar abuse/heroics and an audience awestruck and won over." – Chromewaves.com
"This band is fully ready to break out in a whole new way. Phantoms, which drops in August, is the perfect description of this group's sound, an unexpected mashup of eerie fragility and in-your-face rock... music that can morph from easy, chill listening to throbbing late-night anthems within the course of a song." - NYLON Magazine
"…dressed like they were going to dish out a collection of Dolly Parton hits. Well, looks can deceive. The sound that they made was as molten as hell. The seraph-like Ms. Larson and her band can produce music that is nothing short of an assault. They were loud. So loud, they could make Nirvana seem fit to play a GOP fundraising cocktail... This is rock done right." – Poptimes Magazine CMJ 2010
"How could I have not known about Ume? An Austin trio fronted by a whirling dervish of singer guitarist who in the standard PR band head shot looks like she wouldn't hurt a fly; yet give her a guitar, a Marshall stack and a mic and stand back, way back. She shreds. File under - Do Not Overlook and Go Tell Your Friends..." - Dave Allen, Gang of Four/Pampelmoose
"Front woman Lauren Larson's maniacal guitar work, blistering chops and arresting charisma give every leading lady from Joan Jett to Karen O a run for their money, while resuscitating an arguably hibernating genre within the indie music circuit: pure rock and roll." - Myspoonful.com
The Life And Times
The Life and Times is a Kansas City, MO indie rock band fronted by former Shiner bandleader Allen Epley. After Shiner disbanded in late 2002, Epley began working with drummer Mike Myers and bassist/guitarist John "Houdini" Meredith and released their debut EP "The Flat End Of The Earth" in the summer of 2003. "Flat End's" most noticeable distinction from Shiner was the instrumentation; after the math-rock bombardment that marked Shiner, Epley found a looser, almost Floydian dynamic to his usual foundation of distorted guitar and brooding vocals, and the early material explored the moodier edge of their sound.
Although the lineup had a fair amount of material recorded, the EP would end up being their only document. After touring extensively for the EP, the lineup disbanded, with Mike Myers going to drum for The String and Return. Epley, however, decided to recruit a new lineup under the same name, and brought in bassist Eric Abert of Ring, Cicada, and drummer Chris Metcalf to work out new material. The difference is striking - Metcalf's drumming couldn't be further from Myers, laying out metric layers of relentless percussion that when combined with Abert's bass comes closer to Helmet than anything else. For all of the heaviness, though, the songs themselves are prone to developing a shimmering beauty with layers of guitar and processed vocals cascading against the rhythm section, and "Suburban Hymns" goes deeper into the more emotional territory suggested on "Flat End."
Stuart Confer, Patrick Kelly, Lucas Johannes, Eric Peterson, Jesse Livingston, and Duncan Dotterer.