Mating Ritual have revealed the second single and video ‘U.N.I’ from their new album HOT CONTENT due 10th May via Smooth Jaws. They have also confirmed a run of shows at this years SXSW*. The video is an engrossing multi-panel wander through the L.A how the duo see it, pastel colour palettes, gentle hues and rolling waves, through 70’s interiros and Tarantino tinged typefaces. Jump in the back of the caddilac and come for a cruise through the rolling hills.
Ryan Marshall Lawhon paints a picture of the song; ‘’Imagine winter is over. Imagine you’re in a pool with a boozy cocktail when U.N.I. comes on shuffle. The water is cool and the vibe is hot, just how you like your content. You are forced to pause the song halfway through cuz the Postmates driver won’t walk around back. You restart the song. This happens at least three more times. Our Spotify numbers skyrocket. I invest in Postmates. And buy a pool. Just imagine.’’
Hot Contentis the third of five albums total that the band is releasing over a five year period. The band’s first two albums How You Gonna Stop It? (2017) and Light Myself on Fire(2018) have garnered a combined 25 million streams and widespread praise and support from the likes of Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, Zane Lowe + more. The first single from the album, “October Lover” was released in the Fall and was featured across Spotify on New Music Friday, Indie Pop and many more playlists.
Mating Ritual is brothers Ryan and Taylor Marshall Lawhon, initially beginning as a solo project for Ryan while Taylor was in school the project was born from the duos previous band Pacific Air. After that ground to a halt the brothers were separated by time and ambition, then 4 years later they moved in together and Mating Ritual quickly went to a 50/50 process and the songs wrote themselves.
March 14th – Fender Next House – Lustre Pearl – 1 pm
March 14th – Rachael Ray’s Feedback – Stubb’s – 6.30pm
March 15th – UTOPIAfest – Zilker Brewing Co – 11 am
March 15th – Icenhauer’s x Sound Dessert – Icenhauer’s 8 pm