It is July 21st 2013 which means it is time to announce the next 'Song of the Week'.
The name of the band getting featured this week is certainly one that most people, all around the world, seem to know by now. And, it is for a good reason.
Memphis May Fire, the rock/hardcore style band from Dallas, Texas, are the one's earning this week's 'Song of the Week' for their song Miles Away, featuring Sleeping With Siren's vocalist, Kellin Quinn.
The band could not have said it better on their Facebook page, stating, "Despite the name, Memphis May Fire are not from Tennessee, but rather Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger and bolder. Unsurprisingly, the band's musical output is extremely difficult to classify, having siphoned from the very best of its various post hardcore/southern rock influencers to create something wholly unique; the result of which presents an unparalleled blend of elegance and aggression that can only be defined as Memphis May Fire. Nothing more, nothing less. No trends. No excess. Simply a group of individuals that stand in defiance of all things mundane."
If you were lucky enough to catch Memphis May Fire on this year's 2013 Vans Warped Tour, you were able to see this band's phenomenal live performance. I was able to catch the guys performing at the Toronto, Ontario date in early July and, well, let's just say I have no idea where to even begin. Their performance is something you quite frankly just have to see live to believe.
Matty Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar), Anthony Sepe (guitar), Cory Elder (bass) and Jake Garland (drums) have quite literally been gaining fans at an extremely fast rate. And, although the band members have changed several times since the band's original formation in late 2006, fans have been holding on strong.
Memphis May Fire released their first full length album, titled Sleepwalking in 2009, under the label Trustkill Records. And, their first album paid off, earning them a record deal with Rise Records in early 2011, with whom they released their second and third albums, The Hollow, in 2011, and, most recently, Challenger, in 2012.
The band's latest album, Challenger, is where you will find this week's 'Song of the Week'. Infact, Miles Away, which features the incredible vocals of Kellin Quinn, vocalist of Sleeping With Sirens, also on Rise Record's roster, is track number seven on the release.
Besides the obvious phenomenal, for a lack of a better word, pairing vocals of Matty Mullins and Kellin Quinn, the next biggest thing that I absolutely adore about Miles Away are the lyrics. The entire song is packed with intensely moving, and relatable lyrics, with the first verse alone saying, "I pack my bags and say goodbye to my wife for what seems like the millionth time. They said it gets easier, but they lied. She looks at me and says "Really baby? I will be just fine." but then she looks away so I don't have to see her cry. And that is when I ask myself..."
So, it is evident this band has their "eyes on the prize" when it comes to what they want in the music industry, saying, "With a main-stage slot on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour and a devoted worldwide fan base built from years of nonstop global touring, the band have all the tools and desire in place for a lengthy tenure in the heavy music scene. Eyes on the prize; there's no glass ceiling here. Only further places to go."
And, well, I think it is fair to say Memphis May Fire will be here for a long time. And, I am quite stoked to continue to follow this seriously phenomenal band from Dallas, Texas as they continue to amaze people, all around the world.
Although there is seriously nothing greater than seeing Matty Mullins and Kellin Quinn blow your mind with this song live, if you were unable to attend the 2013 Vans Warped Tour I suppose the track itself will have to tide you over for now. With that being said, make sure you catch the lyric video, provided by Rise Records themselves, for this week's 'Song of the Week', Miles Away, here:
See you next Sunday for the next addition of our 'Song of the Week' featured spot to be announced. In the meantime, it is without a doubt that you definitely need to check out Memphis May Fire and discover the serious talent these five guys really have.
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Photo credit: Facebook
Picture 1: From left to right: Cory Elder (bass), Jake Garland (drums), Matty Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar) & Anthony Sepe (guitar)
Picture 2: Memphis May Fire - Challenger CD Cover
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