Unknown Mortal Orchestra Shares New Single “I Killed Captain Cook” & Announces Headline UK & North America Tours

October 26, 2022
“I Killed Captain Cook” single art (featuring Ruban’s mother, Deedee Aipolani Nielson)




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.

Back with this unique and beautiful orchestration, delicate and consuming. Equal parts are chaotic as it is completely calming in the most mesmeric infusion. Intricate notes are picked and played and the tone resonates with the softer vocal harmonies, emphasized by the challenging rhythmic breakout components.

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 AcademyBrixton 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

“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.

Upcoming Live Dates
(UK show in bold)

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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