Umphrey’s McGee is one of my favorite bands, so it’s great to hear that 2018 will be off to an awesome start with the release of their new album, “it’s not us.” I’ll be reviewing the album for the site and can’t wait to hear it. Here’s the press release along with the album artwork for “it’s not us.”
Umphrey’s McGee have announced details on their 11th studio album it’s not us, which will be released on January 12th 2018. Comprising 11 wide-ranging, vibrant songs the LP is a dynamic statement album that showcases the versatility and world-class musicianship that is at the band’s core. Lead single “The Silent Type,” which premiered via Billboard.com. Powered by a bombastic beat, funkified rhythms, fiery fretwork, and a chantable refrain the single is an id-provoked reflection on temptation and its potential consequences.
“It represents the band, because it basically runs the gamut from prog rock to dance,” says guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss. “We’ve mastered our ADD here. The record really shows that.”
“No matter what you’re into, there’s something on it’s not us that should speak to you,” agrees keyboard wizard Joel Cummins. “This is a statement album for Umphrey’s McGee. The sound is as fresh as ever. The songs are strong as they’ve ever been. We’re always pushing forward.”
“it’s not us” will be released digitally worldwide. For fans keen to get hold of a physical copy, it’s not us is available NOW for pre-order from the U.S.A. In addition to the standard download, CD, and vinyl, this release offers the most robust deluxe package the band has ever created. Housed inside a leather bound book, the deluxe includes double 180 gram (with an Augmented Reality component), CD, download, bonus 7” EP featuring two unreleased tracks, a 72 page color coffee table book and more. Visit the website for full details on pre-orders: http://www.umphreys.com
By harnessing the energy of their live performances into the precision of their studio craft, it’s not us encapsulates a range that is rarely found in a single band, especially one that is about to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. From the vulnerable, acoustic “You & You Alone,” to the percussive wallop of “Looks,” to the slow-burning “Whistle Kids” and the airy guitar and iridescent refrain of “Half Delayed,” the album offers something for fans and newcomers alike. This diversity can even be found within a single song as “Remind Me” begins with a funky bassline and rhythmic guitar licks, then explodes into a thundercloud of metallic shredding. It is this juxtaposition that distinguishes the album as their strongest studio offering yet, finding them at the pinnacle of their craft and groove as a group.
ABOUT UMPHREY’S MCGEE:
With a career spanning 2,200 live shows, ten studio albums, and a diehard legion of followers from around the globe, Umphrey’s McGee continues to build a fan base that defies categorization. The band has devoted its craft to creating a community centered around meticulous attention to fan experience. At the cutting-edge of both music and technology, their live show offers immersive tech-fueled innovations, super-serving their massive following. Comprised of six critically acclaimed musicians – Brendan Bayliss [Guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [Guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [Keyboard, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [Percussion], Kris Myers [Drums, vocals] and Ryan Stasik [Bass] – the group blends together multiple genres and sounds to make something very uniquely Umphrey’s McGee.
it’s not us TRACK LISTING:
1. The Silent Type
3. Whistle Kids
4. Half Delayed
5. Maybe Someday
6. Remind Me
7. You & You Alone
9. Speak Up
11. Dark Brush