On January 12th, Umphrey’s McGee—who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band in 2018—released their latest studio album it’s not us. On Thursday evening, the Chicago-based, genre-bending progressive rockers released a captivating, out-of-this-world music video for it’s not us track “Forks”. Although the song is on their most recent album, “Forks” is one of the tracks from the album with a longer-standing history.
A demo of the song was released with the bonus content of 2009’s Mantis, and Umphrey’s live debuted the tune at Summer Camp Music Festival in 2011 and played it somewhat regularly in 2011 and 2012 before bringing it back in 2016. The song was performed live for the first time since it’s not us came out, marking the eighteenth time the song had been played in total, in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 17th, and fans seemed to really enjoy the revived and reinspired tune after a 137-show gap.
Today, the history of “Forks” deepens with the release of a brand-new music directed by Umphrey’s McGee’s own lighting director, Jefferson Waful. The video was shot in 4K with 24/96 hi-resolution audio, making for a stunning watching experience. Chock full of images from around the world and beyond, the video explores a post-apocalyptic scenario in which mankind is left without the comforts of modern technology after a solar flare—prompting jokes about “a light show so divine, it literally broke the internet.”