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Local Band Does O.K.

Umphrey's McGee

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Album Review

The material on Umphrey's McGee's first studio album, Local Band Does O.K., is progressive in the sense that — like early Phish — it places an emphasis on complexly interlocking, deftly executed instrumental parts. It is music that is obviously challenging to play and seems to make a point in reveling in itself, though it is decidedly not challenging to the listener. There is little dissonance or sonic experimentation. That said, the band's sprawling excursions, which flip between arranged and improvised, are quite enjoyable. There is an easygoing, expansive quality to the band's melodies, which certainly don't rush, but don't quite feel vital or emotional either. Though the band is occasionally supplemented by a trumpet or an alto saxophone and a few acoustic guitars turn up in the mix, there is really little to suggest that Local Band Does O.K. is little more than what the band's live performances are like. The music mixes the usual jam band influences: progressive rock, Latin grooves, hints of electronic beats, funk, jazz fusion, and humor. For those who prefer the Frank Zappa strain of jam bands to the funk or Americana approaches, Umphrey's McGee are fine exemplars of the style, and Local Band Does O.K. is a solid, straight-up document of that.

Customer Reviews

NO WORDS

I could fry my mind trying to come up with the right descriptive words to explain this album, its concept(if i could), and the way I feel about it. But I'm not. I've been listening to umphrey's for about a 10 months (non-stop), and I would definitely put it in my top 10 of all time by any band. Prolly in my top 5 soon. If you're just a fan of music, no matter what genre...this will, at the least, intrigue you. Get this album, grab your i pod, find a view, knock the froth of a few, and simply enjoy. Find out what imagination, dedication, and devotion sound like.

Umphrey's McGee are Jam Band GODS!

This album is amazing for you jam band geeks. My personal favorite is Uncle Wally, its just beautiful. I suggest you buy this album to comeplete the "collection".

Impossibly Good

If this album were a beer, it would be the first beer you had after being released from a 20 year prison sentence; you'd cherish that freakin' beer. I bought this album in 2003 at my first UM show and this album is my #2 of all time next to ABB's "Eat a Peach". I don't even like very many jam bands, but this effort surperceeds any label or genre the band may be placed in. It truly is a complete album - one best enjoyed in the context of it's entirety (think Dark Side of the Moon). The album almost makes me sad - I think its impossible for UM (or most any other band for that matter) to ever create something like this again. Is it possible to peak at the beggining of your career? Perfect!

Biography

Formed: 1997 in South Bend, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A jam band coming out of the Midwest in the mid-'90s, Umphrey's McGee edged toward the Frank Zappa side of the improv rock scale, as opposed to the Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band direction of their many contemporaries. The members of Umphrey's McGee met at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The original four bandmembers (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, and drummer Mike Mirro) had been playing in various campus bands when they got together...
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