American Metalcore band hailing from Nashville, Memphis May Fire, have a lyrical depth and drive for success that shows no sign of slowing down and keeps their dedicated following passionately following their musical journey from town to town. Retaining a southern swagger, the gang recently released their fifth studio album, ‘This Light I Hold’, which is a jam-packed package of glory, guts and gold. I caught up with lead vocalist, Matty Mullins, prior to their journey to the UK to discuss the writing process behind the album, tattoos, tour and more.
Congrats on the recent release of your fifth studio album, ‘This Light I Hold’. Tell us about the recording and creative process behind bringing this album to life.
We really wanted to make the best Memphis May Fire album yet. We knew that taking time off the road to write would be the only way to accomplish that, so we did. I spent 2 months in my home studio digging deep and making sure every song was exactly what I wanted it to be. I also had more time in the studio for this record. It’s risky for a band to be off the road for long periods of time but i’m so glad we did it. I’m really proud of this one.
You guys are gearing up to tour the UK and Europe with one hell of a lineup including Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada and Like Moths To Flames. What is unique about this tour and what do fans have to look forward to this time around?
I love this package and it’s especially cool in Europe/UK. Over there the package is a triple threat, meaning MMF, Prada, and Silverstein will each be headlining different shows. It’s so rad when all the bands on a tour have been doing it for years because everything works so smoothly. I think this will be an unforgettable night for anyone that attends.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Matt Lentz has done most of my tattoos. He’s a good friend of mine and I love his work. London Reese did a piece on my neck about a year ago and that seems to be everyone’s favorite. I also have tattoo’s from Zack Ross, Cody Dresser, and Shayne Swenson.
Random. Do you openly support any organizations or causes?
My wife has a non-profit called Beneath The Skin. It’s a mentoring program for young adults involved in the music scene and she’s doing amazing work. My sister has a non profit for counseling in Franklin, TN. It’s called The Refuge Center for Counseling. They serve thousands of clients yearly. I’m very involved in supporting both Non-Profits.
How do you manage to create the happy medium of spending time with family, working on other projects and devoting time to Memphis May Fire?
It’s a constant struggle to balance family, music, and business but all 3 are important parts of my life. My wife and family are very supportive of what I do and that makes it all work. Above all else, it’s important to keep priorities in order and make sure family knows that they come first.
What was the writing process for ‘This Light I Hold’ like and where did you draw inspiration for the themes and lyrics?
Like I said previously, we took more time to write for this record and that made all the difference. Lyrically, I always write about whatever season of life that i’m in at the time. I’ve never written concept albums, each song is very different from the last. Everyone has different favorite songs from this album and I love that. I didn’t want just one or two tracks to stand out more than the rest.
If you could have been alive during any musical era that you didn’t experience, which would you choose and why?
It would have been amazing to be alive in the 50’s and watch Elvis break out. His music influenced so many and changed the face of Rock n Roll forever.
Looking back now, what would you say is your biggest accomplishment as a band on a whole?
Our biggest accomplishment always has been and always will be influencing positive change in people’s lives through our music. Whenever someone finds hope or inspiration in our music, we feel so honored to have been a part of the process.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
If you haven’t picked up ‘This Light I Hold‘ yet, DO IT, and if we’re coming near you on tour, we hope to see ya at a show!