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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the new single and video "I Killed Captain Cook", and announces headline UK & North American tours with a London show at Academy Brixton.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the new single "I Killed Captain Cook" alongside a video starring Ruban Nielson's mother, Deedee Aipolani Nielson, a Kanaka Maoli from Hilo and Miss Aloha Hula 1973, who also features on the single art.

The tender, acoustic track is told from the perspective of the Hawaiian that killed Captain James Cook, the English explorer largely responsible for the colonization of Polynesia, who attempted to kidnap Hawaiian chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu, and eventually met his demise in Hawai’i as a result. Nielson's mother would tell him the story as a child with pride and the song is written for, and as a tribute to, her. The song also marks the first offering from Unknown Mortal Orchestra this year and serves as the first taste of a forthcoming double album in 2023.

"I Killed Captain Cook" follows Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 2021 stand-alone singles "That Life," which arrived with a video featuring a puppet created by renowned Daytime Emmy Award-nominated puppeteer and fabricator Laura Manns,

and "Weekend Run" which marked their first official single since their shapeshifting 2018 full-length Sex & Food.

Along with the release of "I Killed Captain Cook," Unknown Mortal Orchestra announces their first tour in 4 years with a headline UK and North American tour that is set to kick off in March 2023. The run includes stops in Los Angeles and New York City before heading to the UK for five dates including London's O2 Academy Brixton on 31 May and Manchester's Albert Hall on 15 June plus shows in Bexhill, Leeds and Glasgow.

Tickets will be available on October 28th at 10 AM local time from, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Unknown Mortal Orchestra coming soon!

Upcoming Live Dates

20/3 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Spokane

22/3 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

25/3 - Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre

27/3 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

28/3 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

31/3 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

1/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

2/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

4/4 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

5/4 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater

6/4 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

7/4 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

8/4 - Chicago, IL @ Radius

10/4 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

11/4 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

13/4 - New York City, NY @ Webster Hall

14/4 - New York City, NY @ Webster Hall

18/4 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

21/4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

22/4 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

30/5 - Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion

31/5 - London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

15/6 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

16/6 - Leeds, UK @ Stylus

17/6 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers


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