Day four of SXSW 2011, Saturday 3/19 and I took a bit of a break from the Metal to go down to Skinny’s Ballroom and catch Austin’s very own UME. I was turned on to this band by a YouTube post on FB by my buddy Chris Smith (aka Jibbies) and I was hooked. What a fantastic power trio they are. Led by the gorgeous Lauren Larson, who is a sick guitar player and has a beautiful voice to boot. Husband (boooo), Eric Larson, on bass and a hard hitting new drummer, Rachel Fuhrer. Rachel was commandeering a kick-ass red/black striped Gretsch kit. The house was packed and although it was their fourth show of the day, I don’t think anyone would have known by the enthusiasm and energy that they exuded. The songs are punchy, catchy, and have a great combo of bite and beauty. Lauren’s stage presence is freakin awesome. She’s a very physical player with her head banging and hair flayling…what a bad-ass chick. All the while shredding on the guitar and howling on the mic. A very entertaining and captivating performance. Their 5 song Sunshower EP is killer and widely available…so check that out. I look forward to hearing more good stuff from this band in the near future.