Chicago band Umphrey’s McGee does their best Beatles impression

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LONDON — A Chicago-based band recently got a taste of what it was like to be The Beatles for an upcoming album.

According to a feature by Rolling Stone magazine, six members of Chicago’s own Umphrey’s McGee went to London and Abbey Road’s Studio Two, in which the Beatles recorded from 1962 to 1970, and after which one of their most notorious records is named.

It was at the famous studio where Umphrey’s McGee recorded an album of their own set to come out in April — and they did it in less than a day.

Umphrey’s McGee was founded at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., but later moved to Chicago in the early 2000s.

According to Rolling Stone, the band never dreamed they’d record in the iconic London studio until a producer brought up the idea.

“It wasn’t a goal,” singer-guitarist Brendan Bayliss told Rolling Stone, “because it never seemed like a possibility.”

But not only did the band record their new album there, they decided to bust out a Beatles cover — reluctantly.

“We’re going to start a Beatles song and the engineers there will be like, ‘Really, you’re going to do this?’,” Bayliss recounted. But the band went for it.

“If we don’t play it wrong, it crushes. And we nailed it,” Bayliss told Rolling Stone.

The magazine reports that only 12 hours after their arrival, the members of the Chicago-based band left the legendary studio with their new album, “The London Sessions.”

The record is scheduled for release April 7.

To read Rolling Stone’s whole feature, go here.

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