WXPN Welcomes Umphrey's McGeeThursday, January 23, 2020
with The New Deal
The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight song craft.
Most recently, Umphrey’s McGee dropped a 10-track surprise album, it’s you, which serves as a companion piece to
it’s not us. The band's virtuosity and encyclopedic knowledge of diverse styles is front and center once again, punctuated with snarling guitar riffs and teeming with crisp acoustics. By harnessing the world-class musicianship and energy of their live performances into the precision of their studio craft, it’s you encapsulates a range that is rarely found in a single band. From the fresh and vibrant opening single “Triangle Tear”, to the ACDC- inspired rhythm chiming through “Attachments”, to the iridescent personal tune “Push & Pull,” the album offers something for Umphrey’s McGee’s legion of fans and newcomers alike.
“It was almost like we had two of everything,” said Joel. “I feel like “You & You Alone” [from it’s not us] and “Push & Pull” [from it’s you] are these kind of nice, more pastoral, acoustic-based songs. We have “Dark Brush” [it’s not us] and “Nether” [it’s you] these sort of heavier, more aggressive pieces of music. Once we got to the point where we decided we were gonna do two, we felt like we wanted to break these up so that there was a balance between the two albums. “Speak Up” [it’s not us] is something that’s a little bit funkier and dancier. I don’t know if we really have something that goes along with that on the new one but with “Hanging Chads” you can tell that we’re having a good time being ridiculous in the studio. It’s just nice that there’s an element of levity there. This is 20 years into Umphrey's McGee, and not only do we have one new album of music, we have two albums of music. We’re more fired up than we ever have been about the stuff that we’re putting out.”
“There’s something uniquely Umphrey’s McGee that could never be mistaken for another band,” Joel concludes. “I hope it makes people think a little bit or shed a tear or two. Maybe, you smile or laugh. Life is hard. We still believe music can heal and motivate.”
“We’re here,” Brendan leaves off. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re starting to find our identity. I think if you give
it a chance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Doors Open 6:00 PM
Showtime 7:00 PM
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