Memphis May Fire

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Memphis May Fire
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Background information
Origin Dallas, Texas, US
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2004–present
Labels Rise, Trustkill, Bullet Tooth
Website Memphis May Fire on Facebook
Members Kellen McGregor
Matty Mullins
Cory Elder
Jake Garland
Anthony Sepe
Past members Ryan Bentley
Jeremy Grisham
Eric Molesworth
Joel Seier
Tanner Oakes
Daniel De Los Santos
Austin Radford
Chase Ryan

Memphis May Fire is an American metalcore band based in Dallas, Texas and currently signed to Rise Records. Formed in 2004, they have released four studio albums and two EP's to date. [1]

History[edit]

Inception (2004–2007)[edit]

The band, founded by guitarist Kellen McGregor, formed in 2004,[2] 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.[3] In early 2007, the band recorded and self-released an EP, and began creating a local following.[4] 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."[5][6] In September 2007 the band had officially signed to Trustkill, and their self-titled EP was reissued through the label in December 2007.[3]

Departure of Chase Ryan, Arrival of Matty Mullins and Sleepwalking (2008–2009)[edit]

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, 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.[7]

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."[8] 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.[9]

Between the Lies, Signed to Rise Records and The Hollow (2010–2011)[edit]

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.[10] On April 23, the entire album was released on the Rise Records YouTube page.

On September 15, the video for the lead single from The Hollow, "The Sinner", directed by Thunder Down Country was released on YouTube.[11]

On February 15, 2012, a live music video recorded in Orlando, Florida for the song titled "The Unfaithful" was released on their YouTube Page.[12]

It was announced through the Vans Warped Tour's website on December 7 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)[edit]

On February 11, 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 11, 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.[13] On April 17, 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."[14]

Bentley's departure of the band make guitarist Kellen McGregor the remaining original member of Memphis May Fire.

Their third studio album, Challenger was released on June 26 through Rise Records. The album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Charts while the band was on tour as part of the Warped Tour.[15]

The band continued to tour following the album throughout the USA, Europe,[16] and the UK.[17]

On February 1, 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".[18]

On August 4, 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.[19]

Unconditional (2013–present)[edit]

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.[20][21]

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".[22]

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."[23]

On December 14, 2013 the band tweeted that they had finished recording their forthcoming album with vocalist Matty Mullins expressing on how proud he is of the album. The album is expected to be an early 2014 release.[24] On December 18, the band announced "The Unconditional Tour" beginning late February through March with fellow acts The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses and Beartooth in the US.[25]

On January 4, 2014 the band released their first studio update for their forthcoming album via Alternative Press.[26]

In the third and final studio update for the album, it was announced that it would be titled "Unconditional" and was released on March 25, 2014 through Rise Records.[27]

On February 6, 2014 the first single, "No Ordinary Love" was streamed through the Rise Records YouTube channel. Pre-order bundles for the album were also made available on this date.[28]

On February 24, 2014 the second single, "Sleepless Nights" was released via Facebook and Rise Records YouTube Channel.[29]

On March 13, 2014 the full "Unconditional" album was streamed through Rise Records YouTube channel.[30]

Mullins announced on August 12, 2014 that he would be releasing his debut solo record, "Matty Mullins", on September 23, through Rise Records. Pre-orders were made available that same day. [31]

Band Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Memphis May Fire discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
EPs 2
Singles 7
Music videos 7

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart peaks
Top 200 US Indie US Heat
2009 Sleepwalking
2011 The Hollow
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Format: CD, music download
130 24

1
2012 Challenger
  • Released: June 26, 2012
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Format: CD, music download
16 3
2014 Unconditional
  • Released: March 25, 2014
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Format: CD, music download
4 1
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
2007 Memphis May Fire
2010 Between the Lies
  • Released: November 2, 2010
  • Label: Bullet Tooth Records
  • Format: Music download

Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "North Atlantic vs. North Carolina" Sleepwalking
2010 "Ghost in the Mirror"
2011 "The Sinner" The Hollow
2012 "Prove Me Right" Challenger
"Vices"
"Grenade"(originally by Bruno Mars)[32][33] Punk Goes Pop 5
2013 "Miles Away" Challenger
2014 "No Ordinary Love" Unconditional
"Sleepless Nights"

Music videos[edit]

Year Album Song Director Type Link
2009 Sleepwalking "North Atlantic vs. North Carolina" Unknown Narrative [34]
2010 Mental Suplex Productions Live [35]
"Ghost in the Mirror" Joshua Dixon Narrative (Contains film footage from Saw VI) [36]
2011 The Hollow "The Sinner" Unknown Band performance [37]
2012 "The Unfaithful" Live footage [38]
2013 Challenger "Vices" Thunder Down Country & Sam Link Narrative [39]
"Miles Away (Acoustic) ft. Kellin Quinn" Unknown Performance [40]
2014 Unconditional "No Ordinary Love" Maria Juranic Narrative [41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Memphis May Fire - Fan Question: Kellen, how did your family feel about a screaming lead singer when you guys first started? haha". Memphismayfire.fanbridge.com. August 14, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
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  6. ^ Sailer, Ben (September 20, 2007). "Trustkill Signs Memphis May Fire". Alternative Press website. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ Kohli, Rohan (August 21, 2008). "Memphis May Fire Seeking New Singer". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sleepwalking Press Release". Trustkill Records website. February 11, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Memphis May Fire "Ghost In The Mirror" Saw VI Soundtrack". Trustkill. 
  10. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (March 22, 2011). "New Songs From Woe Is Me and Memphis May Fire". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Sinner (Video)". September 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Unfaithful (Official LIVE VIDEO)". YouTube. 
  13. ^ "Memphis May Fire - Fan Question: I know this was years ago but, K, how did you feel for letting go Ryan? I mean he was the only other original member". Memphismayfire.fanbridge.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.facebook.com/MemphisMayFire?ref=ts%7Cpublisher=Memphis May Fire
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  16. ^ "Memphis May Fire tour dates (Europe)". Lambgoat. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ Yancey, Bryne. "Of Mice & Men announce UK tour with Memphis MAy Fire, Secrets". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
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  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "MEMPHIS MAY FIRE interview #2 | NEW Music? | Arizona Is Miserable... (Matty Mullins)". YouTube. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Memphis May Fire planning new LP in early 2014 | News". Kill Your Stereo. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Memphis May Fire post third studio update for 'Unconditional' - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. January 26, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Memphis May Fire release new song, “No Ordinary Love” - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. February 6, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Memphis May Fire - Sleepless Nights (Unconditional in stores 03.25.14)". YouTube. February 24, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Memphis May Fire - Unconditional (Full album stream)". YouTube. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Matty Mullins announces solo album, releases first single - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  32. ^ [2][dead link]
  33. ^ "Punk Goes Pop 5 Announcement". Fearless Records. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Memphis May Fire - "North Atlantic vs. North Carolina" (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Memphis May Fire "North Atlantic VS North Carolina" LIVE MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. November 4, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Memphis May Fire "Ghost In The Mirror" Saw VI Soundtrack". YouTube. February 2, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Sinner (Official Music Video)". YouTube. September 15, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Unfaithful (Official LIVE VIDEO)". YouTube. February 15, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Memphis May Fire - Vices (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  40. ^ riserecords (August 1, 2013). "Memphis May Fire - Miles Away (Acoustic) ft. Kellin Quinn". YouTube. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  41. ^ riserecords (March 24, 2014). "Memphis May Fire - No Ordinary Love (Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 

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