Memphis May Fire

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Memphis May Fire
OriginDallas, Texas, USA
GenresMetalcore, post-hardcore, southern metal (early)
Years active2006-present
LabelsTrustkill (2007-2010)
Bullet Tooth (2010)
Rise (since 2011)
Associated actsBroadway
Decoder
WebsiteMemphis May Fire on Facebook
Members
Cory Elder
Jake Garland
Kellen McGregor
Matty Mullins
Anthony Sepe
Past members
Ryan Bentley
Jeremy Grisham
Eric Molesworth
Tanner Oakes
Daniel De Los Santos
Austin Radford
Chase Ryan
 
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Memphis May Fire
OriginDallas, Texas, USA
GenresMetalcore, post-hardcore, southern metal (early)
Years active2006-present
LabelsTrustkill (2007-2010)
Bullet Tooth (2010)
Rise (since 2011)
Associated actsBroadway
Decoder
WebsiteMemphis May Fire on Facebook
Members
Cory Elder
Jake Garland
Kellen McGregor
Matty Mullins
Anthony Sepe
Past members
Ryan Bentley
Jeremy Grisham
Eric Molesworth
Tanner Oakes
Daniel De Los Santos
Austin Radford
Chase Ryan

Memphis May Fire (MMF) is an American metal/post-hardcore band based in Dallas, Texas and currently signed to Rise Records. Their music has been compared to bands such as Of Mice & Men[1] and they are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, Challenger.

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History

Inception (2006–2007)

The band formed in December 2006, but it was not until February 2007 that the group decided on the name Memphis May Fire having previously gone by O Captain, My Captain![2] In early 2007, the band recorded and self-released an EP, and began creating a local following.[3] 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."[4][5] In September 2007 the band had officially signed to Trustkill, and their self-titled EP was reissued through the label in December 2007.[2]

Sleepwalking (2008–2009)

Memphis May Fire hoped to release their debut album by summer 2008, however, during the recording sessions for the album, lead singer Chase Ryan decided to leave the band. Chase explained that he felt that his priorities should be with his new born child, and not a band. Upon announcing his resignation, bass player Austin Radford also decided to part ways with the band shortly thereafter. He would be replaced by Daniel De Los Santos, and then later on by Cory Elder. Open auditions were held shortly after Chase's departure, and he was eventually replaced by a new vocalist, Matty Mullins. 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.[6]

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."[7] Their song "Ghost in the Mirror" was used on the soundtrack for the movie Saw VI.

The official music video for "Ghost in the Mirror" was released February 2nd, 2010 through the Trustkill YouTube page.[8]

Rise Records, Between the Lies and The Hollow (2010–2011)

Memphis May Fire released a second EP entitled Between the Lies on November 2, 2010 through Bullet Tooth 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 & 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.[9] 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.[10]

On February 15th, 2012, a live music video recorded in Orlando Florida for the song titled "The Unfaithful" was released on their YouTube Page.[11]

It was announced through the Vans Warped Tour's website on December 7th that Memphis May Fire would be participating in next year's tour.

Challenger (2012–present)

On February 11th it was announced by Kellen McGregor that the band would be working with Cameron Mizell shortly again, to record their third studio album, Challenger. On June 26th the album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Charts through Rise Records while the band was on tour as part of the Warped Tour.[12]

On April 11th around midnight, Ryan Bentley announced he has parted ways with the band in a tweet saying "I'm no longer in Memphis May Fire. Details later." 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."[13]

The band continued to tour following the album throughout the USA, Europe,[14] and the UK[15]

Band members

Current members
Former members

Discography

Memphis May Fire discography
Releases
Studio albums3
EPs2
Singles5
Music videos4

Studio albums

YearTitleLabelChart positions[16]
Top 200US IndieUS Heat
2009SleepwalkingTrustkill---
2011The HollowRise130241
2012Challenger163-

Extended plays

Compilation Appearances

[18]

Videography

Music videos

References

  1. ^ Gardner, Ryan (July 2012). "Memphis May Fire - Challenger". AbsolutePunk. http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2808022. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b Keller, Lucas. "Memphis May Fire Bio". Trustkill Records website. http://www.trustkill.com/artists/read-band-bio.php?id=47. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "((( Memphis May Fire > Overview )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p1007103. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Memphis May Fire signs with Trustkill Records". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-09-22. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=81286. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ Sailer, Ben (2007-09-20). "Trustkill Signs Memphis May Fire". Alternative Press website. http://altpress.com/news/2751.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  6. ^ Kohli, Rohan (2008-08-21). "Memphis May Fire Seeking New Singer". AbsolutePunk.net. http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=491991. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Sleepwalking Press Release". Trustkill Records website. 2009-02-11. http://www.trustkill.com/label/news/comments.php?id=712. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Memphis May Fire "Ghost In The Mirror" Saw VI Soundtrack". Trustkill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPKiKT-fxnA. 
  9. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (22 March 2011). "New Songs From Woe Is Me and Memphis May Fire". AbsolutePunk. http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2225412. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Sinner (Video)". 15 September 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPLLXQDNoFI. 
  11. ^ "Memphis May Fire - The Unfaithful (Official LIVE VIDEO)". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo9GSiCFMDo. 
  12. ^ "New Memphis May Fire Album Due Out June 2012". http://showingyouthemusic.tumblr.com/post/15654673313/new-memphis-may-fire-album-due-out-june-2012. 
  13. ^ "Memphis May Fire". Memphis May Fire. http://www.facebook.com/MemphisMayFire?ref=ts. 
  14. ^ "Memphis May Fire tour dates (Europe)". Lambgoat. http://lambgoat.com/news/19001/Memphis-May-Fire-tour-dates-Europe. Retrieved 9/1/2012. 
  15. ^ Yancey, Bryne. "Of Mice & Men announce UK tour with Memphis MAy Fire, Secrets". Alternative Press. http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/of_mice_men_announce_uk_tour_with_memphis_may_fire_secrets. Retrieved 5/14/2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/memphis-may-fire/951741#/album/memphis-may-fire/the-hollow/1483199
  17. ^ http://www.punkgoes.com/
  18. ^ http://fearlessrecords.com/post/355

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