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Ume: Ferocious Texas Rockers Powered By Love and Distortion

by Evan Serpick on Feb 14, 2011

. Photo by Sandy Carson.

Who: Noise-rock trio led by husband-and-wife duo Eric Larson (bass) and Lauren Langner Larson (guitar, vocals), who met in Houston's grubby punk scene in the mid-Nineties before moving to Austin in 2006.

Sound: Distortion-heavy jams (and the whole marriage thing) invite comparisons to Sonic Youth,
but Ume do more headbanging and wailing.

Punk Professor: During a band hiatus, Lauren worked toward a philosophy Ph.D. at Penn State,
completing all of the requirements except her dissertation. "I taught ethics courses," she says, "but I was always running down to the basement to pick up my guitar."

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