Share new track Non è Ancora - http://ffm.to/noneancora Ahead of a string of summer festival dates, playing Wide Awake this weekend.
"European art-punk ravers sent from the future" - NME
"an oddball party of mad sounds that feel genuinely fresh" - DIY
"art punk troupe resisting dystopia" - Loud & Quiet
How refreshing amidst the backdrop of the current populist political climate to have a band like The Umlauts. Formed after meeting together at Wimbledon College of Art, but with two of their four members hailing from mainland Europe, they are a Brexit-snubbing onslaught of art-punk and rave.
The genesis of The Umlauts resides in Stroud, where the group’s song writing duo Alfred Lear and Oliver Offord grew up and started writing together in the Gloucestershire town’s SVA Artspace. Treating the space as something of a refuge in which they could experiment, the pair delved deep into synthesisers and record collections alike, drawn to The Fall and other first generational post-punks like X-Ray Spex, as well as the likes of Bjork and The Knife.
However, it’s at art college in London and the addition of lyricists and vocalists Annabelle Mödlinger and Maria Vittoria Faldini that’s crystallised them as a band. Their debut EP is a tightly hewn mix of mechanical synth-pop, spiky no wave and bristling post-punk, with Mödlinger and Faldini’s multilingual lyrics giving it a razor-sharp focus.
With a string of summer festivals on the horizon (Wide Awake, Green Man, End Of The Road and more), the collective release new track Non è Ancora - a melee of narcotic synths, fizzing percussion and swarms of lamenting violin lines (via Magdalena McLean from the band caroline). It comes in as an ode to the track 'Annarella' by Italian punks CCCP Fedeli alla Linea.
“I was staying with my sister during a lockdown summer in 2020. She was heartbroken at the time and had “Annarella” on repeat. As I sat next to her, day after day, I became absorbed by the track and its sorrow and as I travelled back to the UK, I kept its melody within me.”
“Alf had just made what we call a sketch. To me, the violins immediately recalled Annarella's lament. I felt like I could share Ferretti’s mourning and wanted to bring back to light an eternal piece of music, one which carries part of my own life and grief, one which remains engraved in the history of Italian Punk.” - Maria Vittoria Faldini
That The Umlauts formed and operate in the shadow of the UK leaving Europe isn’t something a trans-European group have been able to shy away from, but it’s also why they come across as a much-needed antidote. They’re a brilliantly idiosyncratic reminder of the benefits that a melting pot of cultures and cross-border perspectives can result in.
28th May - Wide Awake, London
16th June - MOT, London
15th July - Welcome to the Village, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
12-13th August - Sur le Lac, Switzerland
18th-21st August- Greenman, UK
26th August - Krankenhaus, Cumbria
28th August - This Must be the Place, Leeds
3rd September - End of the Road, UK