Album cover for 'it's not us' by Umphrey's McGee. Photo by: Umphrey's McGee
Album cover for 'it's not us' by Umphrey's McGee. Photo by: Umphrey's McGee

During their 20th Year Anniversary the Band Releases their Eleventh Studio Album

Umphrey’s McGee continues to steamroll the independent music industry with their eleventh studio album titled it’s not us on Nothing Too Fancy Music.

The album was first previewed with two songs on vinyl in 2017 on Record Store Day Black Friday. I picked up the buzzsaw cut, and found the songs ‘Looks’ and ‘The Silent Type’ to be refined pieces of material from the band.

They would slowly showcase additional songs with a live audience.

This album marks their eleventh studio project, and was recorded at I.V. Labs Studio in Chicago.

In 2014, Umphrey’s McGee released two albums with Similar Skin and The London Sessions. The recording location on these two albums were unique with Similar Skin being recorded at I.V. Labs Studio, and The London Sessions being recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

The band returned to Chicago to produce it’s not us in November of 2016. After working on the audio production side, they have officially released the album in 2018. Joel Cummins, keyboardist for Umphrey’s McGee, shares insight on the recording process.

“We decided to go in for a week, live, eat, and breathe Umphrey’s McGee. We’re known as a strong live band, but we take so much pride in our writing. [In this album] the focus is on that writing.” – Joel Cummins

The songs on this album reflect the maturity of a band working together for 20 years. The music still has the intensity that they bring to their live shows, but also provides a feeling of refinement in production.

The album is currently available to pick up and preview on streaming music services, grab physical copies on their main website, as well as on digital outlets.

Browse over upcoming tour dates, and preview ‘Looks’ on YouTube.

Tour Dates

Jan 12, 2018 | Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH

Jan 12, 2018 | Stanley’s Pub | Cincinnati, OH | NON-UM: Official After Show w/ Quiet Hollers

Jan 13, 2018 | Shake It | Cincinnati, OH | NON-UM: Record Signing

Jan 13, 2018 | Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH

Jan 13, 2018 | Stanley’s Pub | Cincinnati, OH

Jan 14, 2018 | it’s not us Release Party – Park West | Chicago, IL

Jan 18, 2018 | Backstory event – The Cutting Room | Sold Out | New York, NY

Jan 19, 2018 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Jan 19, 2018 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

Jan 20, 2018 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Jan 20, 2018 | The Cutting Room | New York, NY | NON-UM: Official After Show w/ Wyllys & The Will To Live

Jan 21, 2018 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

Jan 25, 2018 | College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT

Jan 26, 2018 | The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

Jan 27, 2018 | The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

Jan 28, 2018 | Penn’s Peak | Jim Thorpe, PA

Feb 1, 2018 | Express Live! | Columbus, OH

Feb 2, 2018 | Wings Event Center | Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 3, 2018 | Wings Event Center | Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 15, 2018 | The Anthem | Washington, DC

Feb 16, 2018 | ExploreAsheville.com Arena | Asheville, NC

Feb 16, 2018 | Asheville Music Hall | Asheville, NC | NON-UM: Official After Show w/ Mungion

Feb 17, 2018 | ExploreAsheville.com Arena | Asheville, NC

Feb 17, 2018 | Asheville Music Hall | Asheville, NC | NON-UM: Official After Show w/ Mungion

Feb 18, 2018 | WhigFest | Tampa, FL

Mar 7, 2018 | Belly Up Aspen | Sold Out | Aspen, CO

Mar 8, 2018 | Belly Up Aspen | Sold Out | Aspen, CO

Mar 9, 2018 | Belly Up Aspen | Sold Out | Aspen, CO

Mar 10, 2018 | The Complex | Salt Lake City, UT

Mar 14, 2018 | The Wilma | Missoula, MT

Mar 15, 2018 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA

Mar 16, 2018 | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR

Mar 17, 2018 | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR

Mar 22, 2018 | Harrah’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, NV

Mar 23, 2018 | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA

Mar 24, 2018 | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA

Mar 25, 2018 | The Observatory North Park | San Diego, CA

Apr 20, 2018 – Apr 22, 2018 | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA

May 25, 2018 – May 27, 2018 | Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL

Jun 1, 2018 – Jun 2, 2018 | Mountain Music Festival | Oak Hill, WV