Memphis May Fire

Mike Judy Presents

Memphis May Fire

The Word Alive, Fire From The Gods

Sun, May 13, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Pop's

Sauget, IL

$20.00 - $23.00

This event is all ages

Memphis May Fire
Memphis May Fire
The music of Memphis May Fire is the sound of hope and compassion, delivered by a dedicated group of men striving for something greater than the world around them. Memphis May Fire is a clarion call to those who insist on bettering themselves, their loved ones and the conditions afflicting the world. It's not about divisive politics, it's not about polarizing debate – it's about the transcendent power of love through heavy rock.

The body of work Memphis May Fire has crafted over their last three albums, together with producer and collaborator Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive), represents a creative achievement beyond even what the band's formidable success would suggest. Sure, Unconditional arrived at #1 on Billboard's Rock, Independent andHard Music charts, but that was just the mainstream icing on a cake that was lovingly baked by fans around the world who've discovered Memphis May Fire in the live setting, from satellite radio, from social media and from each other.

These five guys are like family to over a million fans following Memphis May Fire on Facebook, the tens of thousands who rushed out to put this year's Unconditional at #4 in the Billboard 200, the dedicated diehards who empty the magazine rack whenever the group graces the cover of Big Cheese, Alternative Press, Outburn, etc. and the early believers who made Challenger the highest selling debut ever for Rise Records to that point when it was released in 2012. YouTube clips like "Sleepless Nights," "Miles Away," "The Sinner," and "Vices" together represent more than 20 million views.

Charismatic frontman Matty Mullins, emboldened by a renewed purpose and the type of humility derived from personal struggles not dissimilar to the stories the band hears from their fans, leads the charge against a backdrop of instantly memorable hooks and bottom-heavy crunch. It's all ably crafted by lead guitarist/co-founder Kellen McGregor, longtime bassist Cory Elder, deeply skilled drum basher Jake Garland and most recent addition Anthony Sepe, whose guitar chops came forth in the Challenger era.

"I feel a duty to put all of my cards on the table," explains Mullins, speaking specifically about the emotional vulnerability all over the songs on Unconditional. "This album came from a very personal place. It's very important for people find out someone else has gone through what they have. Otherwise, you feel like you're losing your mind."

The unity of shared purpose is palpable at a Memphis May Fire show, whether songs like "No Ordinary Love," "Beneath the Skin" or "Losing Sight" are blasting from the Warped Tour's main stage or emanating from the speakers at one of the packed clubs the band makes their nightly home. Cares cast aside, problems pushed to the forefront, the visceral connection between artist and audience is alive and audible with each sing-a-long chant. Melodic mood swingers like "Speechless" and "Need to Be" demonstrate the full capacity and scope of what Memphis May Fire is capable of doing, winning them spots on major radio festivals like Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion as their heavier side secures fests such as Download and With Full Force.

An organic and incremental growth has propelled Memphis May Fire ever since they followed their underground 2009 debut album with 2011's The Hollow, a modern metalcore masterpiece that led into the broadened musical horizons of their commercial breakthrough, Challenger, and the 2014 Album of the Year contender Unconditional.

Plenty of Memphis May Fire's contemporaries have fans that profess their adoration, gratitude & even spiritual connection to the power of music, but few groups embrace the full responsibility inherent within those reactions the way Memphis May Fire has, acknowledging that something bigger than rock n' roll has taken hold. Make no mistake, Memphis May Fire deliver hard rock anthems steeped in modern subculture and the best of radio rock, but their purpose continues to evolve into something greatly bigger than themselves, with no limit as to what they can achieve.
The Word Alive
The Word Alive
A full-length debut is a pivotal moment for most bands, but for Phoenix, AZ natives the Word Alive, it's a battle-tested triumph. Considering the countless miles the band has traveled since their 2009 EP release, Empire, and the obstacles the six-piece has had to overcome along the way, every track of Deceiver pulsates with the passion and fury of a conquering army, and is the very definition of "shock and awe."

After traveling to Ocala, FL to record with up-and-coming producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, VersaEmerge), The Word Alive resurfaced from the studio armed with debut album Deceiver, a challenging, genre-bending opus that fully showcases the considerable abilities of one of heavy music's true rising talents. Mastered by Alan Douches and featuring guest performances by Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans and Levi Benton of Miss May I, the album offers fans all that they love about The Word Alive and so much more.

The Word Alive truly made their impact in 2009 when they released their debut EP Empire, which sold more than 20,000 copies and spent time on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and singer Tyler "Telle" Smith's hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow.

"On Deceiver, we wanted to take everything that we did on the EP and boost it times ten," says Smith. "We got to do everything that we feel represents us on this album. In some parts it sounds like you could almost be listening to an ambient/indie band because of the electronic influences, in other parts it's dark and almost creepy. We spent a lot of time before writing the album thinking of how we could sample other instruments to really add depth—either keyboard parts that Dusty [Riach, keyboardist] would do, or cello, violins and different percussion instruments.

"One thing's for sure," Smith adds. "On this album, when we're heavy, we're way heavier."

A major difference to note among Deceiver's blistering instrumentation is the hefty contributions of new drummer Justin Salinas, formerly of My Children My Bride and Scars of Tomorrow. With Salinas now in the fold, TWA is ready to take on the world.

"Deceiver is not a concept album, but it's got a lot of heavy theme stuff that goes along with the title," explains Smith. "Over the past year, we've gone through some big changes, and we poured those experiences into this album."

The group kept the road ever-present in mind when writing much of Deceiver, knowing that massive touring would be in the immediate future. Their intense touring schedule in support of the album has included a summer run on Warped Tour 2010, as well as tours with Bleeding Through, A Day To Remember and Underoath. 2011 is poised to be their biggest yet, with U.S. and European tours with We Came As Romans and a full summer on Vans Warped Tour, followed by a slot on Soundwave Revolution in Australia and a U.S. run for the fall.

"We really wanted it to be an experience when you come to our show," says Smith. "What I think a lot of musicians forget is that people are paying to be entertained. With this album we definitely thought of the live show, and how we could make every fan, or even a person who's never heard of us, think, 'Man, it sounded like there were 15 people up there, and it was just awesome.'"

The Word Alive's debut album Deceiver is available now. The Deceiver: Deluxe Edition featuring two new tracks, remixes and videos is also now available digitally.
Venue Information:
Pop's
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Sauget, IL, 62201
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