Umphrey's McGee | 04.05.07

| Print |

Speaking of playful, it's not an Umphrey's show without a healthy handful of tongue-in-cheek moments, and this night included both the Death Metal "Nopener," as well the a dedication of a tune "to all the guys."

 

The Pageant, St. Louis 

It was the usual fare from Chicago-based jam technicians Umphrey's McGee on Thursday night at The Pageant in St. Louis. Dorky banter intermingled with the dedicated cheers of a reasonably full but not packed crowd (which probably had something to do with the depressing cold outside) as the sextet tore through two long sets of precise, progressive grooves. Led by the impossible, technical mastery of complimentary guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss, Umphrey's continued to distinguish themselves as a heavier alternative to their tape-friendly peers.

Coming out to chants of "Umphrey's," Cinninger toyed with a familiar reggae riff, instituting a classic jam "fake-out" before the rest of the group joined him on the improvisational "Jazz Odyssey." Recent live staple "Mullet (Over)" was begun and revisited as bookends to "Bright Lights, Big City," a playful tune (reminiscent of Duran Duran) off of Umphrey's most recent release, The Bottom Half. Speaking of playful, it's not an Umphrey's show without a healthy handful of tongue-in-cheek moments, and this night included both the Death Metal "Nopener," as well the a dedication of a tune "to all the guys." The first set remained musically impressive as the band broke with their own classic, "All in Time," but they had yet to generate any memorable moments, peaks, or troughs.

Luckily (or predictably, in the case of Umphrey's regulars), the group amped up their energy for the second set. Merging live regulars "Der Bluten Kat" and "Glory" to start it off, the band turned to the joy of instant recognition as they segued into studio favorites, "2nd Self," "Prowler," and "Wife Soup," the latter of which built to an epic wall with Bayliss' likeable, average-Joe crooning. Thrown into the mix was a dual drum solo between percussionist Andy Farag and birthday-boy Kris Meyers, a chance for the guitarists to regroup while the audience was reminded how very talented the less visible members of the band are.

The second set concluded with a display of one of Umphrey's McGee's better efforts in pure rock songwriting, the Safety in Numbers loss-ballad "Words," in which Bayliss and Cinninger traded off soaring vocals and peaceful melodies to leave the audience in appreciation of their unique take on bliss. The night ended on a lively note with an encore cover of Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" (including the breakdown whistle!), as keyboard-player Joel Cummins took center stage while perfecting the sped-up, salsa section. The song eventually evolved into a jam on Zeppelin's "Moby Dick," perhaps a reminder that although Umphrey's McGee is so technically efficient, they are essentially a bunch of regular guys jamming and having a good time; they're just way better at their instruments than most people. However, Bayliss did make one noticeable mistake when he took an aside moment to say, "Go Cubs." I guess I'll learn to forgive him...in time. | Dave Jasmon

order sildenafil online

Latest in Photogallery


bastille_75_lnd_thumb.jpg
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 22:14
Grouplove_75.gif
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:59
The-Urge_75.gif
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 20:23
Bottle-Rockets_75.gif
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:40
MGMT_75.gif
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:09

For the Couch


iamdivine_75.jpg
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:44
Mystery_Science_Theater_75.jpg
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:26
Thebigamist_75.jpg
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20
geoclub_75.jpg
Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:49
wonderwall_collect.jpg
Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:43

From the Theatre


brick_mansions_75.jpg
Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:23
qfest_75.jpg
Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:12
theotherwoman_75.jpg
Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:58
prof_G.Love_75.jpg
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:15
OSRPBSTL_75.jpg
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:58