Wim S. : They are known as a so-called ‘jam band’. A band that likes to confuse the listener as much as possible. For example, by playing lazy, sunday morning jazz and the next minute press the pedals as deep as possible. Country, jazz, blues, pop, rock are all explored and forged into a reasonably coherent whole and then allocated as 'prog'. Whatever I would say. Umphrey's McGee is an American band which releases its sixth album 'Similar Skin' and once again the band has managed to record a diverse album.
Actually, diverse is an understatement in the case of Umphrey's McGee. The musical terrain where the band performs its explorations seems bigger than ever. From postrock/prog (opener 'The Linear' reminds me of a modern, less raw version of Motorpsycho) to radio-friendly West Coast pop (‘No Diablo') but also songs that lean on languid doom riffs combined with over-driven metal / noise / punk ('Hindsight') and ingeniously composed songs (‘Loose Ends’). They are all excellent musicians, the guys from Umphrey's McGee; in every song you hear them searching for challenges on their respective instruments (‘Bridgless’). It will probably take some time before everything you hear will land but once it does, it appears to be just great.