Umphrey’s McGee issued a new single on Friday, “I Don’t Know What I Want”. The track marks the group’s first full-band, non-instrumental studio release since 2020’s “Suxity“.
“I Don’t Know What I Want” arrives as a new product, still yet to make its live debut. Brendan Bayliss wrote the song and delivers angsty, 90’s alternative-rock lyrics. Instrumentally, the song carries more of a brooding 80’s decadence, rolling with the cadence of Brendan’s vocals and building to a mighty crescendo.
The single comes as UM’s first studio output since 2021’s You Walked Up Shaking In Your Boots But You Stood Tall And Left A Raging Bull. Just like the album of instrumental “walk-up music” from the band’s live repertoire, the new single sees Umphrey’s teaming up with longtime collaborator Greg Magers to produce the track. “I Don’t Know What I Want” was primarily recorded at guitarist Jake Cinninger‘s Boondock Studio in Niles, MI. The location served as the site of numerous Umphrey’s McGee livestreams throughout the pandemic.
Stream the new Umphrey’s McGee single, “I Don’t Know What I Want” via the player below or on your preferred streaming platform. The band has thus far not attached the song to any upcoming album. After canceling its New Year’s Eve run and a pair of New York City shows set for early January, the band will return to the stage on Thursday at Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. For tickets and a full list of tour dates visit the band’s website.
Umphrey’s McGee – “I Don’t Know What I Want”