Umphrey's McGee made a conscious decision to show its "ripping, guitar solo rock band" side on its new album, "Similar Skin," which drops June 10.
Bassist Ryan Stasik tells Billboard that the direction for Umphrey's eighth studio release -- and first since 2011's "Death By Stereo" -- "kind of happened organically, really. We got together in the studio in Michigan and wrote some new songs together, and everything people were bringing to the table had the same vibe. We were all in the same headspace of rock 'n' roll. It was a little progressive, a little heavy, a little pop, a little everything -- but still rock 'n' roll. Our last record was a little all over the place, but this seems very focused and where our roots are."