Letzten Sommer haben MEMPHIS MAY FIRE – Matty Mullins (Gesang), Kellen McGregor (Gitarre), Cory Elder (Bass) und Jake Garland (Schlagzeug) – eine Reihe von Singles veröffentlicht, die zusammen fast 35 Millionen Streams erreichten, während die Begeisterung der Fans aufgrund der anhaltend hohen Qualität stetig anstieg. Das neue Songmaterial wurde von u.a. Revolver, SiriusXM, Loudwire, WSOU, HM präsentiert und stieß auf ein überwältigendes Medienecho. Darüber hinaus wurden Kernelemente der einzelnen Songs mit einem Merchandise- Artikel verbunden, dessen Einnahmen wohltätigen Zwecken zu Gute kamen. Passend zum Album “Remade in Misery”, welches heute erscheint haben wir mit Frontmann Matty über ihr Album gesprochen. Was wir dabei erfahren haben, das lest nun hier.
Frontstage Magazine: Your 7th album in 16 years of band history, “Remade in Misery”, proves once again that you remained true to your sound and yet you are evolving. So how does the new album differ from its previous ones, apart from the new single?
Matty: We really fell in love with music again on this album. We were able to take everything we’ve learned over the years & pair that with the angst we had in earlier albums. What came of it feels really special.
Frontstage Magazine: How was the album process affected by the pandemic?
Matty: When touring went away we were forced to write music with a whole new perspective. The music was all we had, and it was all that mattered. No outside opportunities or voices, just the songs. Once we were in that mindset we started writing the best songs of our career. We learned a lot & will definitely be applying that mindset when writing future albums.
Frontstage Magazine: The pre-track „Make Believe“ is a brand-new thing in the Memphis May Fire era. It is personal as never before. What did it take to write a song like this right now?
Matty: There was so much pain & confusion during the pandemic & even now in the wake of it all. The message of that song felt like it needed to be written. It’s a different feel for us for sure & we love to push the boundaries like that.
Frontstage Magazine: The Refuge Center for Counseling provides professional counseling services to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples, and families in need. You support this association with 100% of the proceeds from the „Not the Same“ t-shirt. What does this action mean to you?
Matty: I have done countless therapy sessions at The Refuge Center For Counseling myself. It changed my life & I would recommend therapy to anyone that is considering it. The Refuge Center is an incredible place.
Frontstage Magazine: You are currently on tour with Dance Gavin Dance. How is the feeling to be on tour again after more than two years of break? Is it different than before?
Matty: In some ways it feels like riding a bike but there are a few things that are different now. Overall I would say we are happier than ever to be on the road & getting to be face to face with our fans every day. It’s such a gift.
Frontstage Magazine: Our last question is always a bit out of line. If you could do a track with every DJ you could think of, who would it be?
Matty: Zedd for sure. He is an absolute genius.
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