Umphrey's McGee is a progressive rock, jam band based in Chicago, Illinois, and founded in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame in 1997 by vocalist/guitarist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, keyboardist Joel Cummins, and drummer Mike Mirro. Their discography consists of seven studio albums (including a 2-disc set of demos and studio leftovers), ten official live albums, two extended play, and four video albums
Zonkey is the tenth studio album by progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee. The album was released on November 11, 2016. It consists of mashups, combining various covers crossing different musical genres. National Loser Anthem" ("The National Anthem" by Radiohead, "Loser" by Beck, "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins). Life During Exodus" ("Exodus" by Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads, "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago, "City Of Tiny Lites" by Frank Zappa).
Musicianship for the Masses.
Umphrey’s McGee have announced details on their 11th studio album, "It’s Not Us", which will be released on January 12, 2018. Comprising 11 wide-ranging, vibrant songs, the album is a dynamic statement that showcases the versatility and world-class musicianship that is at the band’s core. Powered by a bombastic beat, funkified rhythms, fiery fretwork and a chantable refrain lead single "The Silent Type" is an id-provoked reflection on temptation and its potential consequences.
With the drop of it's not us to begin 2018, followed by it's not them (the remix EP), and the surprise release of it's you mid year, one could reasonably discern the narrative was complete. But alas, we are pleased to deliver one final chapter in the it's not us, it's you story. Musictoday II, LLC, is the seller of all Umphrey's McGee merchandise and is solely responsible for all aspects of your purchase.
It is a demanding challenge to create varied and exciting art within the restrictions of a certain style or genre. Umphreys McGee didnt take the challenge with this record. The record packs so many genre influences it starts to become obnoxious with everything from 80s pop and metal to blues and funk. This over-inflation of genres and lack of genuine commitment to a sound stops the songs from being able to gel together as a wholesome record.
UMPHREY'S McGEE seemed to coalesce sometime around 1997, and like a lot of great University groups cut their teeth in other bands. The line up has remained particularly stable: Brendan Bayliss - vocals and guitar. As I listened through the album for the first time, the arch title 'it's not us' made sense. So, where does it sit in the current spectrum? This is 'new rock' for those older listeners who lament the passing of the golden age of rock - the album era. I suspect they will have the same albums in their collections as the band members. Usually on old fashioned vinyl, and lovingly curated over the years.