Release New Track “Looks”

New Album it’s not us 

Out This Friday, January 12th
 
Winter Headline Tour Kicks Off January 11th 
it’s not us masterfully incorporates a slew of different genres over 11 tracks, from blues-rock to prog-metal to acoustic balladry. It’s a testament to the band’s willingness to experiment and their desire to write the best songs possible…”– Billboard
 
“…genre distinction was never big enough for what Umphrey’s McGee actually do, which is closer to pop-smart and dance-wise progressive rock, laced with exuberant improvisation and flush with intense, melodic craft.” – Rolling Stone
 
“Umphrey’s McGee stand revealed as consummate musical alchemists, deftly reconfiguring sounds from rock’s vast panoply of styles.”- Entertainment Weekly
 
“Expanding the notion of what a rock band can offer”- Time
 
“…the new album reflects that commitment to musical eclecticism. The first taste of that sonic rainbow comes from the album’s lead single, the fast-paced rocker ‘The Silent Type.'” – Forbes
 
[“Looks”] “The dynamic track builds its funky momentum with acrobatic drum rolls and staccato bass notes before discordant guitars and filtered vocals throw the comfortable groove for a loop, keeping us on our toes as the song continues to shift…a balance of fun and foreboding that few bands could pull off quite like Umphrey’s.” – Paste 
Today, Umphrey’s McGee have released a dynamic new track “Looks.” PRESS HERE to listen to the song which premiered via Paste. Featuring a defiant bass strut and percussive wallop, “Looks” combines 80’s tinged progressive rock with contemporary beat production. This announcement comes just a few days before the release of the band’s wide-ranging 11th studio album it’s not us, out this Friday January 12th.
 
Comprised of 11 vibrant songs the LP is a dynamic statement album that showcases the versatility and world-class musicianship that is at the band’s core. 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 and displays their most succinct and accessible songwriting to date. it’s not us is available NOW for pre-order. PRESS HERE for more information. Tune in to Sirius XM’s Jam On this week to listen to a track-by-track with keyboardist Joel Cummins and Program Director Ari Fink, where they will take listeners through each song and provide the inside story behind each track. The segment will air on January 8th and re-run at various times leading up to the album’s release – PRESS HERE for air times.
This week will also kick off the band’s ‘it’s not us’ headline tour. The tour will include an intimate album release party in the band’s hometown on January 14th at The Park West in Chicago, where they will perform a storytellers set that will give fans a look into the creation of the new project. Soon after, they will head to New York City for a three-night residency at the Beacon Theatre January 19-21st, ending with an epic show marking Umphrey’s McGee’s official 20th birthday. PRESS HERE to check out the official tour teaser for an exclusive look at what’s to come. Full tour routing is below. For ticket info and more information, please visit http://www.umphreys.com/
 
 
UMPHREY’S MCGEE TOUR DATES:

January 11                        Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
January 12                        Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
January 13                        Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
January 19                        New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre
January 20                        New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre
January 21                        New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre
January 25                        New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
January 26                        Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
January 27                        Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
January 28                        Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
February 1                        Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
February 2                        Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
February 3                        Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
February 15                     Washington, DC @ The Anthem
February 16                     Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena
February 17                     Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena
February 18                     Tampa, FL @ WhigFest Music & Arts Festival
March 7                             Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
March 8                             Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
March 9                             Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
March 10                          Salt Lake City UT @ The Complex
March 14                          Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
March 15                          Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
March 16                          Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
March 17                          Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
March 22                          South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
March 23                          Oakland, CA @ The Fox Oakland
March 24                          Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
March 25                          San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
 
ABOUT UMPHREY’S MCGEE:
With a resume of over 2,200 live shows, ten studio albums, and 20 years together as a band, Umphrey’s McGee continues to build a fan base that defies categorization. Attracting followers from across the globe and from different musical backgrounds, 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. The music itself also defies categorization. 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.
 

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.