Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Video for "Thought Ballune" + Tour Schedule

by Jane Jansen Seymour

27 January 2012


Portland’s psych rock trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra recently released a video for “Thought Ballune”, co-directed by Jordan Blady and Ryan Knowles. This laid-back dance track gets a creepy house party treatment, which brings an added element to the song amidst a dingy setting. The song off a self-titled debut may have been created by New Zealand native Ruban Nielson’s home studio, but he told Rolling Stone that he didn’t want to go out on the road with a “totally substandard” live show. “I wanted people to be surprised at how good we were, not how bad we were.”

Nielson begins a tour next month with local producer Jake Portrait on bass and drummer Julien Ehrich. They will be headlining at a few venues before joining in support of Girls through the month of March. Plans also include the requisite stop at SXSW for any buzz-worthy band.

FRI 2/24       San Francisco   CA     Clift Hotel

SAT 2/25       Los Angeles   CA     Echoplex *

SUN 2/26       Santa Monica   CA     The Central

MON 2/27     San Luis Obispo CA     SLO Brew

TUE 2/28       Visalia   CA     Cellar Door

THR 3/1       Santa Cruz   CA     Coconut Grove Ballroom#

FRI 3/2         San Diego   CA   Birch North Park Theatre#

SUN 3/4       Vail   CO     Snowball Music Festival

MON 3/5       Albuquerque   NM     Launchpad #

WED 3/7       San Antonio   TX     White Rabbit #
THR 3/8       Austin   TX     La Zona Rosa #

FRI 3/9         Dallas   TX     Granada Theatre #

MON 3/12     New Orleans   LA     One Eyed Jack’s #

TUE 3/13       Houston TX     Fitzgerald’s #
WED 3/14     Austin TX   Red 7
FRI 3/16       Denver CO     Gothic Theatre #

SAT 3/17       Salt Lake City UT   In The Venue #

SUN 3/18       Reno   NV     Cargo #

* = w/ White Arrows
# = w/ Girls

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