Memphis May Fire
|Memphis May Fire|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Labels||Rise, Trustkill, Bullet Tooth|
|Website||Memphis May Fire on Facebook|
|Past members||Ryan Bentley
Daniel De Los Santos
Memphis May Fire is an American metalcore band based in Dallas, Texas and currently signed to Rise Records. Formed in 2004, they have released three studio albums and two EP's to date, with a fourth studio album planned for release in early 2014.
- 1 History
- 2 Band members
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The band, founded by guitarist Kellen McGregor, formed in 2004, but it was not until February 2007 that the group decided on the name Memphis May Fire having previously gone by Oh Captain, My Captain. In early 2007, the band recorded and self-released an EP, and began creating a local following. Shortly thereafter, Memphis May Fire caught the attention of Josh Grabelle, the president of Trustkill Records. Grabelle commented on his feelings toward the band in a press release stating, "There is a lot of really exciting, young, dangerous music coming out of Texas right now, and Memphis May Fire are the cream of the crop. Not since Bullet for My Valentine's Hand of Blood have we heard a more compelling set of songs for an EP, where absolutely every song is bone-chillingly perfect, and timeless. These guys are on their way to something huge." In September 2007 the band had officially signed to Trustkill, and their self-titled EP was reissued through the label in December 2007.
Departure of Chase Ryan, Arrival of Matty Mullins and Sleepwalking (2008–2009)
Memphis May Fire had hoped to release their debut album by summer 2008 produced by their guitarist, Kellen McGregor. However, during the recording sessions for the album, lead singer Chase Ryan decided to part ways with the band. Chase explained that he felt that his priorities should be with his child, and not a touring band. Upon announcing his resignation, bass player Austin Radford also decided to part ways with the band shortly thereafter creating his own band called, American Mantra as the lead singer. He would be replaced by Daniel De Los Santos as a substitute (character), and then later on by Cory Elder, who is a current member. Open auditions were held shortly after Chase's departure with an instrumental song called "Decade" on their MySpace (later known as "Destiny for the Willing"), and he was eventually replaced by a new vocalist, Matty Mullins (Nights in Fire). By this time, Memphis May Fire had already recorded their instruments for the new album with producer Casey Bates and only needed Mullins to contribute his vocals.
Their debut full-length studio album, Sleepwalking, was released on July 21, 2009 through Trustkill Records. Memphis May Fire has described the album as "a new breed of rock n' roll" and musically it has "more aggressive guitar work and noticeably more melodic, but still retains that southern swagger." Their song "Ghost in the Mirror" was used on the soundtrack for the movie Saw VI. Rhythm guitarist, Ryan Bentley, was not featured in the music video due to his short break away from the band. Joel Seier joined the band as a substitute for Bentley's place until he would join back in late 2009. Seier was featured in "Ghost in the Mirror" and "North Atlantic vs. North Carolina" music videos as the rhythm guitarist.
The official music video for "Ghost in the Mirror" was released February 2, 2010 through the Trustkill YouTube page.
Between the Lies, Signed to Rise Records and The Hollow (2010–2011)
Memphis May Fire released a second EP entitled Between the Lies on November 2, 2010 through Bullet Tooth Records (formerly Trustkill Records) with more energy and a different style than their previous releases. On December 9, 2010 the band post in their Facebook that the song "Action/Adventure" will be featured in the video game Rock Band 3. In 2010, Matty Mullins was featured in the song "That's What She Said", from Kid Liberty's debut album Fight with Your Fists.
On January 17, 2011, Rise Records announced Memphis May Fire signed to the label and that a new album will be released in spring. The band recently wrapped up the recording of their upcoming full-length record at Chango Studios (Of Machines, I See Stars, Sleeping with Sirens, etc.) in Orlando, Florida. It is expected to be heavier and darker than Sleepwalking and Between the Lies, while further incorporating elements of modern metal and electronics.
On March 3, 2011, a full album teaser for their sophomore album The Hollow was released via Rise Records YouTube page, including its release date of April 26, 2011. On March 22, a full song from The Hollow, titled "The Sinner", was released to Rise Records YouTube page and on iTunes. On April 23, the entire album was released on the Rise Records YouTube page.
On September 15th, the video for the lead single from The Hollow, "The Sinner", directed by Thunder Down Country was released on YouTube.
On February 15th, 2012, a live music video recorded in Orlando, Florida for the song titled "The Unfaithful" was released on their YouTube Page.
It was announced through the Vans Warped Tour's website on December 7th that Memphis May Fire would be participating in the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. The band was called to perform on the Monster Energy stage for the majority of the tour, and both Kia Rio and Kia Soul main stages on selected dates.
Departure of Ryan Bentley and Challenger (2012–2013)
On February 11th, it was announced by Kellen McGregor that the band would be working with Cameron Mizell shortly again at Chango Studios, to record their third studio album.
On April 11th, rhythm guitarist and original member, Ryan Bentley, announced on Twitter he has parted ways with the band in a tweet saying "I'm no longer in Memphis May Fire. Details later.", around midnight. On the band's direct-to-fan fanbridge, Kellen McGregor responded saying that they had to let go of Ryan because he did not have the right attitude and was not willing to push the band to a positive direction. On April 17th, the band announced that Anthony Sepe (ex-Decoder) would be replacing Ryan Bentley as their new guitarist: "For those who may not know already, we recently decided to part ways with our guitarist, Ryan Bentley, and wish him nothing but the best. He's a talented individual and we have no doubt that he will be successful no matter where life leads him. With that said, we'd like all of you to give a warm welcome to our new guitarist Anthony Sepe."
On February 1st, 2013, Memphis May Fire was announced as part of the Vans Warped Tour 2013 alongside Black Veil Brides, Sleeping with Sirens, We Came as Romans, Blessthefall, The Used, Billy Talent and Bring Me the Horizon. The band was called to play main stage (Kia Soul Stage), they played the entire tour with an 8 song set, featuring Kellin Quinn singing the bridge of "Legacy".
On August 4th, the band announced that they will be supporting Sleeping With Sirens, on the The Feel This Tour. Breathe Carolina, Issues (band), and Our Last Night will be supporting the tour with them on selected dates.
Upcoming album (2013–present)
Memphis May Fire has announced that they are hoping to release their new album in early 2014. Kellen McGregor finished writing the album demos after the band got off of the Vans Warped Tour. Currently, the band is recording at Chango Studios with Kellen and Cameron Mizell as the producers. In an interview with PropertyOfZach, vocalist Matty Mullins stated the expected the album release date to be in February–March 2014. He also divulged that Memphis May Fire will set out on a US headlining tour in support of the album.
In an Alternative Press interview released on September 7, 2013 the band stated that their new album will "have more of a theatrical feel, as well as orchestral presence" also describing their new album as a "soundtrack to an action film".
In an interview with Propertyofzack on September 9, 2013 the band described the sound of their new album, "[It] Just shows maturity. The newest record is very theatrical. It almost feels like a movie soundtrack from start to finish. It’s really awesome. A lot of orchestra stuff playing a big role in the record. It’s just – it’s more mature. I think that our younger audience is going to love it – certain aspects of it – and our older audience is going to really appreciate how far we’ve come as artists. They’re really going to love the record too. It’s great."
On September 30, 2013 the band announced that their new album will be released in February 2014.
- Current members
|Matty Mullins||lead vocals||(2008–present)||Former vocalist of Nights in Fire|
|Kellen McGregor||lead guitar, backing vocals, programming, keyboards, composer, record producer||(2006–present)||Founding Member|
|Anthony Sepe||rhythm guitar||(2012–present)||Former guitarist of Decoder|
|Jake Garland||drums, programming||(2010–present)||Also drummer of Broadway|