Umphrey’s McGee:: Mantis… Made To Measure

Released in late January, Umphrey’s McGee’s Mantis marks the sixth studio album and second decade of recording for the Chicago jam band. While I have seen this band several times and am aware of their recorded output, Mantis sets a new mark of listenability with its progressive movements, departures, fiery playing, and the necessary seemlessness to make it work. “Made To Measure” sets the stage (seen and heard below live) for the ensuing travel, though I believe Umphrey’s really find their stride on “Cemetary Walk,” and “Cemetary Walk II,” where prog gives way to predisposed house sectionals calling for ass swaying dance offs. Guitars exclaim on the inspired jam intro to “Turn & Run,” before the song assimilates and later ends in trailblazing guitar eruption. “Spires” sees big builds on the hooks set over a dreamy soundscape with sun going down harmonies a’ la Beach Boys. Overall, Mantis is a strong listen full of well thought out transitions and nice playing, giving proper cause to reconsider this band, if you’ve passed them by in the past.

video:
Made To Measure (live)

dates:
Mar 4 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 5 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 6 Freebird Live Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Mar 7 UC Patio (FREE OUTDOOR SHOW) Coral Gables, Florida
Mar 12 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, Michigan
Mar 13 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, Indiana
Mar 14 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, Indiana
Mar 17 30db (feat. Brendan & Jeff Austin) at SCHUBAS Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 30db (feat. Brendan & Jeff Austin) at SCHUBAS Chicago, Illinois
Mar 25 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mar 26 Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 27 The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 28 Minglewood Hall Memphis, Tennessee
Apr 1 Town Ballroom Buffalo, New York
Apr 2 Grand Opera House Wilmington, Delaware
Apr 3 Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Apr 4 Ram’s Head Live! Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 5 Toad’s Place (ACOUSTIC) New Haven, Connecticut
Apr 7 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 8 Calvin Theatre Northampton, Massachusetts
Apr 9 House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 10 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, New York
Apr 11 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, New York
Apr 16 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 17 Egyptian Theatre De Kalb, Illinois
Apr 18 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, Indiana
Apr 30 House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana

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