The only musical decade better than the 1960’s or 1970’s is without doubt the 1990’s. I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to, or how many times I have heard: “I wish I had been alive then”, or “the best music was from back then”. What is so amazing about the time that we are living in is that today’s indie, underground music scene combines the best of both. Anyone has the potential to post an mp3 and have half the world listen to it within a short amount of time. The only thing then to separate one band from another is their ability to perform live, and their ability to connect with its listeners.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO), is one of the hardest working and touring bands today. They take both the audio and visual psychedelic elements of the 60’s and 70’s, then add their own touch to make some of today’s best new music. Their story began last year when uploading their first single to Bandcamp. Since then, they have toured this year with Portugal.The Man, Smith Westerns, and currently are opening for Toro Y Moi. The Portland trio will make their CMJ debut next week in New York City. I was lucky enough to catch up with the guys last Friday in Dallas. They literally took turns driving all night from El Paso to do a free in store appearance at a local record shop before their show later that night. Exhausted and exhilarated, we discussed their rapid rise to success, their opinion on blogs, CMJ, and even the relationship of psychedelic drugs to music. Here’s what they had to say: