The music of Umphrey's McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants – Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass] – know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft. It's You is a surprise new release recorded during the same November 2016 sessions at Chicago's IV Lab Studios that yielded It's Not Us.
"We have been saying it in various ways over the past twenty years, but let our actions speak for us as we present another new album to affirm that it's truly not us, but rather you, our fans. After completing the latest recording sessions and digesting the volume of material we had tracked, it grew increasingly clear that a single album wasn't realistic. The collective level of enthusiasm around the majority of these tunes made us reluctant to leave much on the cutting room floor (rarely the case). And that is why we're elated to continue our 20th Anniversary celebration by unveiling the new, new album from Umphrey's McGee, It's You. Not everyone likes surprises but we hope you don't mind this one." - Umphrey's McGee