Genre-defying sextet Umphrey’s McGee announces the release of their highly anticipated seventh studio album Similar Skin (9th June in the UK). Similar Skin will be released via the band’s newly formed independent label, Nothing Too Fancy Music, named after one of their most beloved songs. As one of the most progressive and forward thinking DIY bands around, Umphrey’s McGee continues to set new industry standards where music and the fan experience intersect.
Umphrey’s McGee’s dynamic sounds, virtuosic playing and cutting edge live spectacles continue to draw fans as they sell out major venues throughout the US. Their groundbreaking approach to fan-friendly, communal live experiences have raised the bar in the music industry. Their pioneering live interactive efforts include fan curated sets, “audio immersion” via their Headphones & Snowcones experience, the Stew Art series and the annual UMBowl events to only name a few. These extraordinary fan relations efforts have been the subject of stories in numerous other outlets, including Billboard, Mashable, Pollstar, Relix, Chicago Tribune and Time.com, who said, “As the record business continues to struggle, bands like Umphrey’s McGee are expanding the notion of what a rock band can offer to their fans.”
Similar Skin features 11 new songs; some part of their vast live repertoire that have been recorded here for the first time. While Umphrey’s calling card for years has been their grand live events, the band’s focus in the studio has continued to evolve and break new ground with each album. The culmination of past recording experiences has brought them to Similar Skin.
Following the overall success of 2009’s Mantis and 2011’s Death By Stereo, the band decided to forgo some of the dense productions of the past and create a work that includes more concise tracks filled with addictive melodies and memorable choruses. Fans need not worry though, there is plenty of signature Umphrey’s throughout the entire album.
Diversity is a trademark of Umphrey’s McGee and it is well represented on Similar Skin. There are few bands that could have so many stylistic touchstones on the same album while blending them seamlessly and brilliantly. From the intricate prog-infused (“The Linear”, “Bridgeless”) to the pop-influenced (“No Diablo”, “Hourglass”) to thick heavy guitars tracks (“Little Gift”, “Hindsight”) and epic rock crescendos (“Cut The Cable”, “Loose Ends”),Similar Skin represents a band that continues to push forward in its 16th year.
Umphrey’s McGee will spend most of the next four months on the road, featuring some very special stops along the way. For the first time in four years the band will return to London for a long-awaited three-night stand at the new Brooklyn Bowl June 19-21.
Thurs 19th June Brooklyn Bowl, O2 London
Fri 20th June Brooklyn Bowl, O2 London
Sat 21st June Brooklyn Bowl, O2 London
Tickets are priced £30 (subject to booking fee) and available from http://london.brooklynbowl.com/
Doors are 7.30pm. Support to be announced
VIP Packages including exclusive merchandise, VIP bowling lanes, and an open air tour with members of the band are available from CID Entertainment.
Official website: http://www.umphreys.com
Band blog: http://blog.umphreys.com