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Umphrey's McGee - Mantis

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Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
(CD) Sci Fidelity Records, 2009-01-20

umphreys mcgee mantis
Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
(CD) Sci Fidelity Records, 2009-01-20

Tracklisting :
01. Made to Measure 3:12
02. Preamble 0:36
03. Mantis 11:49
04. Cemetery Walk 7:30
05. Cemetery Walk II 2:19
06. Turn & Run 7:25
07. Spires 7:41
08. Prophecy Now 2:47
09. Red Tape 5:43
10. 1348 4:49
Full bonuses tracklists on

Press Release :

Umphrey's McGee launches a one-of-a-kind pre-order campaign for their highly anticipated new studio release, Mantis (January 20, 2009 / SCI Fidelity Records). The pre-order, which offers an MP3 download of the album in addition to the traditional compact disc, also promises unprecedented downloadable bonus content that will actually increase in volume depending on how many pre-orders are received, and will use innovative PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to continue delivering exclusive bonus material throughout 2009.  The Mantis pre-order offer is available now at Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay.  And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.  Coupled with an innovative pre-order campaign offering unique bonus material incentives where fans can actually influence the amount of extra material that is offered, Mantis is creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and industry alike.

"We wanted to do something special for the fans, make this release as exciting for them as it is for us," explains Umphrey's McGee's Jake Cinninger.  "We wanted to put the reins in their hands, get them involved in spreading the word about the album, and give the release a human touch by giving the fans more.  It's the give and take between us and the fans that makes it possible for us to tour and grow as a band; the fans play an important role in everything we do."

Mantis bonus material "Part I" offers bonus tracks for pre-order customers - outtakes and alternate recordings of songs on Mantis, tracks culled from the Umphrey's McGee archives including often requested rarities from the band's annual acoustic holiday shows, tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights," plus odds and ends from studio jams, sound checks and more.  The more pre-orders that are purchased, the more tracks the band will unlock. Fans can use the free Mantis widget to track the growing list of free bonus material, which will be delivered via digital download the week of the album's release.

Mantis bonus material "Part II" incorporates PUSH(TM) technology by Digital Insert to deliver additional bonus content throughout 2009.  PUSH requires no software installation or serial number; by simply putting the Mantis CD in your CD-ROM drive, the disc will act as a "key" to an micro-site where fans get access to exclusive 2009 content as it becomes available - such as recent live versions of songs from Mantis , rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams," and more. Considering Umphrey's musical creativity and smart sense of humor, 2009's bonus material is sure to offer plenty of surprises. The Mantis pre-order page at is an innovative application in itself.  The page was built by Plaid (, a design and branding firm that produces creative online and offline campaigns for brands across the nation.

This pre-order is yet another innovative music experience to be offered by Umphrey's McGee, who have proven adaptive and inventive both in music and business over the last 10 years. Through online community building, creative web-based promotions, and open taping policies allowing live music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  The band's download store is an archive of their ever-diverse live performances, hosting downloads of over 300 shows, while hosts the iTunes friendly UM Podcast which releases two 75-minute episodes of live material each month to its 20,000 subscribers. Since 2001, Umphrey's has released soundboard recordings of each night's concert immediately after the show in both physical and digital formats -and each show typically sells upwards of 300 copies per night.  The band's unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans a top priority.

Look for Umphrey's McGee to bring the songs on Mantis to the live stage beginning in January -when the band will work out the songs live and without a net, and fans can watch how the songs evolve as the band experiments, deconstructs, reconstructs and realizes the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Until then, Umphrey's McGee wraps up the year with dates in U.S. cities east and west and points between, including their annual New Year's run in their hometown of Chicago.  This year, the band hosts three nights at the city's stunning Auditorium Theatre, where they'll be joined on stage by musical icons Buddy Guy, Stanley Jordan, Joshua Redman, Jeff Coffin, and Koko Taylor.  Visit for a complete list of tour dates.

About Umphrey's McGee
Since forming in the late '90s, Chicago's Umphrey's McGee has cultivated an impressive presence both live and in the studio. Lauded by critics and adored by fans, Umphrey's boasts regularly sold-out shows from coast-to-coast, 8 official album releases and nearly all of their live shows available digitally. Today, the band continues to draw in new listeners with their singular style: virtuoso playing and acrobatic tempo changes and rhythmic shifts complemented by dazzling song craft and composition, memorable hooks, anthemic guitar lines and rock solid rhythms.  Moving into their second decade, Umphrey's McGee continues to wow fans globally.

About Push Entertainment Ltd.
Push Entertainment provide services to the music and entertainment industries. Their CD validation service has been in use for over 4 years and they run over 500 promotions for record companies around the world. Over 3 million consumers have accessed the system and clients include Universal Music, SonyBMG, Disney and EMI.

Full Pre-Order info :
Dear friends,

We are thrilled to reveal the pre-order details for our new album Mantis, which will be released on January 20, 2009. On Inauguration Day, when our country turns a page in its history, we are writing a new chapter of our own.

Our approach to this studio project has been very different than with those preceding it. While you may find one or two vaguely familiar passages on the new album, for all intents and purposes, this is an album consisting entirely of new music. And while it retains the hallmark Umphrey's McGee sound, we feel as though we have produced a body of work that pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement, and group interplay. Because of this, we view this album as the centerpiece of a new era in the evolution of Umphrey's McGee. We are extremely proud of Mantis, and look forward to taking the material for a test run where we thrive--sharing the experience with you live and without a net. Since the songs were realized in the studio rather than on the road, expect them to get a serious workout in 2009 and beyond. We look forward to joining you on tour and watch how the songs change, evolve, and grow as we experiment, deconstruct, reconstruct, and discover the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Given that this new approach to recording found us pushing ourselves to innovate in a studio setting, we wanted to extend that innovation to push the traditional notion of an "album" and invite you to join in a unique pre-order experience.


Here is how it works. To start, pre-orders will go live through starting October 27th. Each preorder package will contain the following.

1. A copy of the CD Mantis, mailed directly from the Umphrey's McGee headquarters in Chicago. We believe that staying hands-on in the pre-order process will give us more control in delivering the album as close to street date (01.20.09) as possible.
2. But since we have limited control (read: none) over the postal service, even if your CD doesn't arrive exactly on January 20th, you will still get the new album that day because you also receive a copy of the full album in MP3 format which will be made available for digital download. On the morning of 01.20.09, an email will be sent to your address allowing you to download the MP3s of the new album from at no charge.
3. Bonus Material Part I: Here is where we aim to elevate from standard to extraordinary with the pre-order experience. We have set aside a wide variety of bonus tracks for pre-order customers--some of these tracks are outtakes, alternate, and early versions of songs from the new album. Other tracks were culled from the archives, including some oft-requested rarities such as tracks from the annual acoustic Holiday shows and tracks from historical "Taper Appreciation Nights." We will include 'fly on the wall' recordings from inside the control room of the studio as we wrote, discussed, edited, and finalized arrangements and sections of these songs. There will also be video snippets from album recording sessions and beyond, including unreleased live concert footage, and a whole host of miscellaneous goodies from soundchecks to solo projects to a high-resolution downloadable booklet complete with photos, lyrics, hand written notes, alternate song titles and more!

Bonus Material Part I available EXCLUSIVELY to those who pre-order.


Herein lies the core of our pre order concept--we are going to add more and more bonus content as the pre-order gains steam. The more pre-orders that are placed, the more bonus content will be added. Each time a new bonus level is reached, we will unlock another bundle of content for everyone. Of course, these bonus tracks are free to all who pre-order. The load of bonus material will be made available for digital download the week of album release. But of course we wouldn't want to make our fans wait months for everything, so the first bonus level will be available for download in early December.

Bonus material Part II: The album will allow purchasers to access an exclusive Micro-site. Using technology from Push Entertainment the CD allows those who purchase the album to get access. There is no strange software or copy protection on the CD and it will work on any Windows XP, Vista and Mac OSX machine. This will allow us to deliver even more bonus content throughout 2009--your Mantis CD will act as a "key" to open an area on the website where you will find even more content--live versions of songs from Mantis, more unreleased material, rehearsals and impromptu "bus jams" as we continue to tour throughout the year, and more! We have some interesting ideas we want to try and are committed to ensuring that your Mantis CD will provide you with a lot of great new music throughout the year.

You will receive all of this for the price of $19.99.

Plus everyone that pre-orders will also receive a FREE, lifetime digital subscription to Relix magazine. Plus, you will be entered to WIN a “RelixBand,” a guitar-string bracelet made from Jake and Brendan’s actual guitar strings used at an Umphrey’s show!

We believe this is the first time this type of pre-order campaign has been attempted, and we hope as many of you as possible will choose to participate. Remember, the more pre-orders we get, the more content we'll include. If you have friends who have been curious about our music, or on the fence about getting involved in the Umphrey's McGee experience, we hope we've created a compelling new project to pull them on board. We would appreciate your help, as no force in music business is stronger today than word of mouth.


For those who are looking for the ultimate Umphrey's McGee Mantis package, we will also release a Limited Edition Mantis Deluxe Package--only 500 will be manufactured.

The deluxe package includes: a copy of Mantis on CD, a copy of Mantis on 180g vinyl, a DVD that includes the Umphrey's McGee 10th Anniversary Retrospective and other unreleased videos, a Mantis poster, and some other treats from the Umphrey's HQ, all in a hand-signed Mantis box set. Not all package contents will be the same, and in each you will find some personal additions from the band members themselves. Ordering your deluxe package will give you access to all of the unlocked pre-order bonus content, and as with the standard pre-order package you will also receive the MP3 of the album on January 20th and access to the post-release PUSH content.

This Deluxe Limited Edition of Mantis is priced at $49.99.

If you have questions on the pre-order, bonus content, PUSH or the Deluxe Limited Edition, please visit the FAQ at

Mantis is an evolution for us as a band and your continued support has allowed the growth to happen. It gives us the opportunity to mature, change, and experiment as musicians and as a band. We are eternally grateful to have your support and are humbled by your relentless dedication and energy. Thank you for making us to do what we do possible.

Look for more information soon on the premiere of the "single" from the new album, track listing, artwork, and more information on the contest and giveaways rolling out over the next few weeks. The pre-order site will be evolving and growing as we move closer to the album's release, so check back often as you never know what you might find.

Much Obliged,

Umphrey's McGee

P.S. When you visit the pre-order page, make sure to sign up to win the ultimate Mantis Prize package.


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