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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The New Zealand band discuss their sound and the perils of touring

  • 07/12/2011
  • Amy Zayed
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are an outfit fronted by Ruban Nielson from New Zealand, who formed the band spontaneously just as he was about to quit the music business.

After an earlier stint in the Mint Chicks with his brother, Nielson got tired of the endless touring and the music scene of New Zealand.

As the relationship between Nielson and his brother started growing cold and writing music together seemed to bring no inspiration, he decided to move to Oregon and leave the music business behind.

It didn't take long before Nielson realised that he didn't want to stop being a musician and formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra together with Neon Indian's Alan Palomo and William Bevan of Burial.

Their debut self-titled album was released earlier this year, and they recently played London's XOYO.

The band recently came in to play a session for Lauren Laverne - you can listen here.  

BBC 6 Music's Amy Zayed spoke to Ruban Nielson.

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