Umphrey's McGee Exclaim "It's Not Us"
Umphrey's McGee Exclaim "It's Not Us"
- Genre : More Music
- Type : Interviews
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 07 May 2018
Jake Cinninger discusses the new album, the capturing of that live sound and how the band improvise so cleanly live on stage
Experimentation isn't as easy as it sometimes looks. Umphrey's McGee have spent more than twenty years working hard to become known as one of the strongest live acts in the world. The band hits the stage with the kind of cocksure rock 'n' roll bravado that is all-too-rarely witnessed these days, and it is that infectious energy that the six-piece band have harnessed in the studio on their forthcoming 11th studio album, it's not us. In order to help bring their live show feeling into the studio, the band recently headed to Chicago to live and work together for a very intense, very productive week, ultimately spending more than 13 hours each day jamming and recording. The result is their most diverse and all-encompassing studio album yet. ARTISTdirect's Christopher Friedmann caught up with guitarist Jake Cinninger to discuss the new album, go inside the capturing of that live sound and find out how Umphrey's McGee improvise so quickly and so cleanly live on stage. Christopher Friedmann: We are talking today because you are about to release a new album, it's not us, and then, once again, head out on tour. Just to start, how is the mood in camp? Jake Cinninger: Â To date, this record seems to represent what the band really is about, just complete diversity and doing everything kind of on our own terms and our own pace. We worked on the record for about two years and just had so much material, and all of it was really great. This particular batch of songs really represents the diversity of what's going on inside the band - Â that we can' pull off quite a few different styles and characters and make it work and make it still sound like us. It's probably one of the hardest things to do because it's hard to put out a release that kinda goes everywhere and for it to have continuity, but we've been putting out records for 15 years, so it's like we've got this studio thing down. When we walk into the studio there is a certain confidence now, where maybe 10 years ago we'd be a little taken back or scared of that situation, of being in the studio. But now, it's like we completely own it. We do everything on our own terms. I do a lot of my parts at my studio and am just really involved with all the mixing and the mastering and the final results. So we are very gassed. It was nice to put away the record for a couple weeks, and then pull it back out and then really hear it again for the first time. CF: This year marks 20 years of the band. How are things different for you today, putting out your 11th studio album versus when Greatest Hits Vol. III was released back in 1998? JC: Back in then it was all about gaining repertoire, expanding our song list. And now we are up to about 180 original songs. The process of writing has kind of become like shooting free throws, it's like we're in a cycle of writing - when I sit down at my guitar with a piece of paper, we just ask the powers that be and the magic starts to happen and then all of a sudden the guitar is playing the next new riff. So it's kind of a quantum physics sort of process to writing songs, like wish, hope, want equates into what will become. CF: I understand that almost everyone also stayed in a Chicago condo together while recording this album' JC: We were at a high-rise on Lakeshore Dr. and then we would just go to the studio for about 14 hours a day, and then go back to sleep, and then go back to the studio for 13 hours a day, so it was like one of those processes, just trying to get as many songs in the basket as possible, so then we could see what we had and what was going to work well together. I mean we're all there for a reason, for quite a few days, so it's kind of like we're already use