MEMPHIS MAY FIRE —Matty Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar), Cory Elder (bass), and Jake Garland (drums) — are closing out 2021 by sharing one more new song. Today, the band has dropped “Left for Dead.” Watch the visualizer here. Clearly, the quartet is ending the year on a sonic high note. “Left for Dead” is as gnarly as the band has ever been, but it also boasts seriously memorable melodics amid all of the maelstrom.
“It’s definitely not the ‘norm’ to release such a heavy-hearted song this close to Christmas, but the truth is, there are so many people hurting during the holiday season,” explains Mullins. “Pain is an unavoidable part of the human experience and it doesn’t magically disappear at this time of year. I hope that anyone who can relate to ‘Left For Dead’ will feel less alone in their pain, especially during a time when social media makes you feel like you’re the only one struggling. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Left For Dead’ tee in our online merch store to Beneath the Skin, a non profit that provides genuine connection to young women who feel alone through peer-to-peer mentoring.”
For much of 2021, MMF have been releasing new songs through their longtime label Rise Records. The band initially dropped a one-two punch with a pair of explosive songs — “Blood & Water” and “Death Inside.” The full-on riff fest “Bleed Me Dry” followed suit. “Blood & Water” became one the fastest growing hits of the band’s career. It was accompanied by a powerful video and cruised onto the SiriusXM Octane airwaves. Revolver called it a “return to form” and noted that the song boasted an “absurdly melodic lead lick that cuts through the chugging breakdowns like a hot knife on butter.” Meanwhile, “Death Inside” reminded fans of the band’s sonic heft. “Somebody” arrived in the fall and features all the sonic hallmarks fans know and love about MMF. All told, these four new tracks have accumulated nearly 24 million combined streams across platforms. Each song drop has had a philanthropic element and has been accompanied by a piece of charity-driven merch, available at the band’s online store.
While 2021 was an active year for the band, Memphis May Fire are poised to have an even bigger 2022.
More new music and touring is on the horizon.
Over the course of their career, Memphis May Fire have channeled a generation’s worth of angst, frustration, and pain, with a focused blend of gigantic melodic hooks and crushing aggression. Even after topping Billboard’s Hard Music Albums chart, having an album debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, and breaking into radio’s Active Rock Top 20, Memphis May Fire refuse to sacrifice who they are or the people who made them.
A new season unfolds for the band, and it’s filled with revitalization and renewal. Stripping things down to their core elements, hearkening back to the days when they created the music their fans most cherish, Memphis May Fire rekindled the spark within to build an inferno of riffs and inspirational words. They have returned to their roots with the seasoned polish earned through years of touring and making music together. “Blood & Water” is proof positive of this fact.
Memphis May Fire have toured with a vast list of important rock and metal acts that include Killswitch Engage, Sleeping With Sirens, Black Veil Brides, Sevendust, and Atreyu. They’ve co-headlined with Yellowcard and The Devil Wears Prada, regularly appeared on Warped Tour, and at major rock festivals. The band’s previous six albums’ continued relevance is a testament to the energized connectivity between the band and their audience. Songs like “Miles Away,” “No Ordinary Love,” “Beneath the Skin,” and “Carry On” account for 100 million views and millions of streams. Expect more anthems for the broken and beyond from Memphis May Fire in due course.