Do I smell radio play for Umphrey's Mcgee? It would seem so. After dropping their new album, it's not us, the future is bright for the seasoned jam band (whom are getting ready to celebrate their 20 year anniversary at the Beacon Theatre in New York on January 21st).
Aside from that signature thrashing we all know and love, Umphrey's McGee's new album, it's not us, sounds just like the title as the majority of tracks have a very different vibe than their previous works. From catchy choruses to a feel that screams 90's grunge music, Umphrey's delivers more of a retro vibe from start to finish.
When listening to a few tracks I couldn't help but think they were heavily influenced by bands that thrived in the 90's like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns and Roses, and even, Korn.
For many jam band lovers who seem to struggle with change, don't worry, Umphrey's sticks to their roots by adding in long and crunchy jams throughout the new track list that are going to sound incredible when played live.
Overall, it's not us, successfully combines the group's signature chops with a sound that is new and unique. It would be no surprise if at least a few of the tracks will be played on terrestrial radio.
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez