Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared their first piece of new music since their ‘Multi-Love’ album was released last year.
The band, fronted by Ruban Nielson, premiered new track ‘First World Problem’ on DJ Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show tonight (May 25).
In a press release, Nielson said of the track: “I think ‘First World Problem’ is about modern love in a crumbling empire. The feeling that you’re trying to build your life and get what you need while a decadent world falls apart around you.”
Listen to ‘First World Problem’ below, via DIY.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra will return to the UK for two headline dates next month. They will visit Cambridge Junction on June 21 before heading to Liverpool Arts Club on June 22. They will also appear at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Nielson was recently forced to apologise after causing offence with a transphobic remark about Caitlyn Jenner.
been criticised for recent comments made on Twitter about Caitlyn Jenner.
Former athlete and reality TV star Jenner, who transitioned from male to female last year, has made headlines by endorsing Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz despite admitting that the politician is “probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues”.
Responding to the news, Nielson poked fun at Jenner online, writing: “How’s it hanging, Bruce?”
However, he later apologised, stating that he was “sorry to all the cool people who are offended by my Republican joke” and simply “mad that she sold out the community that fostered her”.
“Misgendering is not acceptable. Don’t do that. Respect other humans,” Nielson added. “No transphobic assholes are allowed to follow me. Fuck off. Im not transphobic just stupid”.