Billboard Streaming Exclusive Similar Skin Premier

Bassist Ryan Stasik tells Billboard that the direction for Umphrey’s eighth studio release “Similar Skin” —  first since 2011’s “Death By Stereo” — “kind of happened organically, really. We got together in the studio in Michigan and wrote some new songs together, and everything people were bringing to the table had the same vibe. We were all in the same headspace of rock ‘n’ roll. It was a little progressive, a little heavy, a little pop, a little everything — but still rock ‘n’ roll. Our last record was a little all over the place, but this seems very focused and where our roots are.”

Guitarist Brendan Bayliss adds that the sextet “went into it saying, ‘Let’s make an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll record. Everyone says rock ‘n’ roll is dead; let’s prove them wrong.” And that directed the way not only the group wrote for the album but also the kind of ideas it drew from its vaults of “a million ideas.”

To stream the album, please visit: