Music: Umphrey's McGee

Like many of today's bands, Umphrey's McGee has found itself debating the question of how to best release new music into the market. Some musicians and industry professionals have gone as far as to declare the album a dying format. Especially with younge

Like many of today’s bands, Umphrey’s McGee has found itself debating the question of how to best release new music into the market. Some musicians and industry professionals have gone as far as to declare the album a dying format. Especially with younger music fans, the iPod and similar devices has changed the way they listen to music. They want to download their favorite songs and aren’t as interested in buying full albums by their favorite artists.

This has prompted some to believe releasing songs a handful at a time on EPs, or even just releasing a series of singles, might become the predominant way music comes on the market in the near future. Umphrey’s McGee has paid close attention to this debate, and it has the group re-thinking how it will release a new batch of songs that will arrive this year. In fact, at the start of year the band had announced its intention to release its new songs in a series of three EPs over the course of 2011. According to keyboardist/singer Joel Cummins, that thinking has since changed.

“This is something that has yet to be finalized, but we’ve really been searching for the right format to put out some new music,” Cummins says. “As the music business and the way people digest music changes, it’s something that we want to adapt to as well and really make it easy and fun for our fans.”

Chicago's Improg-Rock Jam Band Umphrey's McGee plays Moonlite Gardens Sunday. Go here to read Alan Sculley's full interview. 

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