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Umphrey's McGee is a progressive rock / jam band from South Bend, Indiana whose music is often referred to as "progressive improvisation." In July 2004, the band was declared by Rolling Stone Magazine to "have become odds-on favorites in the next-Phish sweepstakes."
Though the band's approach to their live performances has much in common with Phish and the Grateful Dead (ever-changing setlists, constant improvisation, two sets per night, open-taping policy), they are much more influenced musically by progressive rock bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Dream Theater, and Genesis, as well as heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden. The band also "identifies The Police, The Beatles, The Monkees, Nick D'Virgilio, and Led Zeppelin as primary influences with a reverence the members describe as 'Biblical.'" However, there really isn't a style of popular music that Umphrey's does not cover. Artists covered in concert by Umphrey's range from Lionel Richie to Metallica to Toto to Snoop Dogg to James Taylor. On December 31st, 2006 the band even covered the SNL short Dick in a Box for the first song of their encore on their 2006 new years eve show.
Formed at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in December 1997 by guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, keyboardist Joel Cummins, drummer Mike Mirro, Umphrey's McGee combined members of Tashi Station and Stomper Bob, two Notre Dame rock bands.
In mid-1998, after only 8 months together, Umphrey's McGee released their debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. III.
Shortly after the release of the album, Umphrey's McGee added a fifth member, percussionist Andy Farag.
June 2002 saw the release of the Umphrey's McGee first proper recording, Local Band Does OK.
Umphrey's McGee almost ended in late 2002 when drummer Mike Mirro announced he was leaving the band to attend medical school. After hundreds of tapes were reviewed by percussionist Andy Farag, the band settled on the first one they received, which was from Kick the Cat drummer Kris Myers, who has a masters degree in jazz drumming from DePaul University.
In 2004, Umphrey's McGee released the critically acclaimed Anchor Drops, recorded in several different studios throughout the Chicago area.
On April 4th, 2006, Umphrey's McGee released their fourth studio effort, Safety In Numbers.
A live double-album titled Live at the Murat was released on October 16th, 2007.
Umphrey's McGee is currently working on a new studio album, to be released in early 2009.