Umphreys McGee’s Monster Mash-Ups
Umphreys McGee offered one of the more creative Halloween treats Friday night at San Franciscos recently renovated Warfield Auditoriums. Instead of paying tribute to a particular artist or offering an intriguing mix of covers, the sextet sprinkled a series of mash-ups throughout its two-set shows. Early on, the band mashed Daft Punks Robot Rock with the Doors Roadhouse Blues, before inviting out Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Wit Crane for a blend of AC/DCs TNT and ‘Dirty Deeds with Black Sabbaths Paranoid at the end of its first set. Set two opened with a version of the original Phils Farm that spiraled into an even more eclectic mash-up that included portions of the White Stripes 7 Nation Army, Pink Floyds Money and Led Zeppelins How Many More Times? After a series of originals, the group also offered a mash-up of Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall and Michael Jacksons Thriller at the end its second set and returned for an encore mash-up of Panteras Hangover Walk, Metallicas Sad But True and The Gorillazs Clint Eastwood. The members of the group also dressed in a variety of colorful mashed-up costumes that reflected the nights themes (drummer Kris Myers went as Incredible Hulk Hogan, guitarist Brendan Bayliss dressed as Rick James Bond, percussionist Andy Farag played the part of Ronald McDonald Trump, bassist Ryan Stasik decked himself out as Pittsburgh Van Pirate, keyboardist Joel Cummins fashioned himself as Sugar Ray Charles and guitarist Jake Cinninger put on a harmonica to become Bezel Bob Dylan).
In addition, The New Deal opened the evenings performance and keyboardist Jamie Shields and drummer Darren Shearer both sat in a jam leading out of the groups first mash-up and soon segued into The Triple Wide and the rest of the Doors Roadhouse Blues. Umphreys McGee will appear at Urbana, ILs The Canopy Club on November 13.