Wumpus is a five piece rock and roll band from Sioux Falls, SD. Members of Wumpus are Sean Egan (electric guitar/bass/keyboard), Matt McFarland (drums), Rich Hastings (keyboard/electric guitar/trumpet), Chad McKinney (electric guitar/vocals) and Jason Hegg (bass/electric guitar/vocals). Prior to playing with Wumpus members were in such area bands as Spooncat!, This Wine Is Mine, Snakebeard Jackson, Thunderjeep, The Flow and The Masons. Wumpus has released 4 studio albums: N.O.T.E.S, Devolver, Bike Porn And Zombie Pee and most recently The Rug. Between the main songwriting efforts of Jason Hegg and Chad McKinney and the collaborative adventures of the band as a whole, Wumpus has penned over 150 originals. Their songs range from straight up rock and roll to pop, country to surf rock, spaced out stoner music to all-out experimental psychedelic freak out. Here's a review from The Post, a South Dakota based online only magazine. A splatter of splendor: the new Wumpus album Posted by Rob Green on December 2, 2010 in Music If you took every band you loved during the late nineties that sounded like The Pixies, The Flaming Lips and Fountains of Wayne and then slung them into one splatter against the Sioux Falls music scene, you'd probably end up with something like Wumpus' newest album, The Rug. In their fourth studio album with Fish On Toast Records, Wumpus effectively works a barrage of synthesized vocals and instrument tracks into many of their songs, even if the technique gets somewhat predictable by the end of the album. Songs like "Let's Get It On!" and "One Day" are a testament to the bouncy sort of pop-rock that people haven't heard in years that reminds listeners of the musicians roots in a way that's classier than those terrible dive bar ska bands who are just certain their shitty music will explode when Less Than Jake makes a comeback. Vocalist C.L. McKinney has a voice that's quirky and easy to dismiss as annoying, but like Neil Young or-more locally-We All Have Hooks for Hands' Eli Show, listeners soon find themselves oddly captivated by the quasi-tuned noises coming from his mouth. He grabs listeners with "The Moment," a slow spacey song that sounds like a lonely night of drinking that gives mood to the melody: "You got ideas overflowing, pass it round, pass it round, pass it round / What do you do for a moment? Grab your cup, lift it up / I once a heard from a wise man, pass it round, pass it round, pass it round." Though most of the songs are catchy and manage to keep a nostalgic style balanced with a fresh edge, by the end of the album everything starts to sound more or less the same. The slow songs sound like the slow songs. The fast songs sound like the fast songs, lacking the punchy riffs and energy from other local bands like The Kickback. One thing Wumpus does have on it's side is experience, and The Rug is a testament to a band that seems to be getting consistently better as they put out more and more records. They blend together any number of guitars, wind and horn sections, backup vocals, keys and a cocktail of percussion equipment into a workable album that doesn't sound overcrowded or rushed. With the new album, the band cements itself as a band that is an important thread in the Sioux Falls music scene, even if they come across like a relic from a fading era in rock and roll.