Umphrey’s McGee is pleased to announce their participation in Ten Bands One Cause, a limited edition vinyl rollout benefiting Red Door Community. Red Door’s mission is to provide welcoming communities for people who are diagnosed with cancer, as well as for caregivers and people who have lost someone to cancer. The limited edition pink vinyl of Umphrey’s Mantis (releasing via Nothing Too Fancy) will be available on November 5, 2021. Mantis, first released in 2009, is the band’s sixth studio album and is not currently available on vinyl. Please visit Ten Bands One Cause for more information on this release and the other limited edition vinyls. The band is pleased to join a whole host of other musicians teaming up to support Red Door Community’s mission—Bush, Grandaddy, Less Than Jake, Minus The Bear, Plain White T’s, Primal Scream, Allman Brothers Band, The Hold Steady, and Tom Tom Club are all participating in addition to Umphrey’s. (Umphrey’s McGee, 2021)
This vinyl announcement comes hot on the heels of Umphrey’s new album called You Walked Up Shaking In Your Boots But You Stood Tall And Left A Raging Bull, which was released earlier this month. Check out the name’s incredible origin story, animated by Pete Herzog, which is comprised of Umphrey’s McGee’s original, instrumental “walk-on music” compositions.
About You Walked Up Shaking In Your Boots But You Stood Tall And Left A Raging Bull: Since 2009, the Chicago-based improv-rock outfit has been using these intro pieces as a jumping-off point in their live shows, but with the studio development of these compositions, the band landed on something much broader than their original walk-on music concept. There is an ultra-thematic, driving energy in each song that reaches beyond just pre-show excitement. Fans can stream or purchase the new album right now at this link.
You Walked Up Shaking In Your Boots But You Stood Tall And Left A Raging Bull is the latest achievement in the career of Umphrey’s McGee, adding to 2,200+ gigs and 250 million+ tracks streamed. You-had-to-be-there moments include the band’s performance at the first-ever Bonnaroo and selling more CDs than any other act on the bill. A leader in the live music world, Umphrey’s McGee became the first group to launch its own single-artist streaming service with UMLive.net, which houses recordings of every gig since 2005. The service has since grown and now lives on through Nugs.net, which is used by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
Beyond intimate backstage encounters and ski trips with their most diehard fans, Umphrey’s McGee instituted the groundbreaking “Headphones & Snowcones” program, granting fans access to professional headphones and a soundboard-quality mix to listen wirelessly at shows. At their UMBowl, they empowered the audience to vote on the setlist in real-time and choose favorite improv themes via text message. In 2017, they stepped into another realm altogether by integrating themselves into the VR Platform Endless Riff. The wonders, it seems, never cease. From their initial bar gigs in 1998 to repeatedly playing three-night runs to packed crowds at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the group has simultaneously remained intensely committed to their fans.
Message from the band (via website) regarding their upcoming tour schedule:
“We are saddened to share the news that due to COVID within the Umphrey’s team, the upcoming shows scheduled in California, Texas, and Oklahoma are being cancelled. All ticket purchasers will receive a full refund for tickets at the point of purchase. We were eagerly looking forward to the shows and despite our best efforts to keep everyone healthy, we have to do what is right. We hope to return to these cities sometime in 2022. Onward & upward.”