Memphis May Fire have been out on the road promoting their fifth full-length album to date "This Light I Hold". Frontman Matty Mullins discusses this album, touring, solo career, plus much more, that will be in-store for him and the band.
1. First off, who are you, and what role do you play in the band?
Matty: My name is Matty Mullins and I sing for the band.
2. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?
Matty: The band name is pretty random actually. When the band was signing their first record deal they had to change their name & Memphis May Fire is what they settled on :)
3. You are about to start a co-headline US Tour with The Devils Wear Prada, as well as Silverstein and Like Moths To Flames. If you could think of one thing you would like to accomplish the most through that tour what would that be?!
Matty: We are on that tour currently! We have new production on this tour that we've never used before & we're playing 3 new songs. We really want to hype up the new record & it's going great!
4. What have you done to prepare yourselves for the tour?
Matty: We have extensive rehearsals before a tour starts. We've always prided ourselves on our live show & we put a lot of work into it.
5. Since you have so many albums, does it keep getting more difficult to put together a setlist?
Matty: Yes, that's always difficult. We want to give the crowd a solid mix of old & new. I really like our set list on this tour.
6. What is your favorite song to play live (from any release)?
Matty: I've really been loving playing the new songs live. "Carry On" is a blast!
7. What can fans expect to hear? More new songs or old songs?
Matty: They can expect a mixture of both!
8. Once the tour in the USA is over, what do you have planned afterwards?
Matty: We're bring the same tour package to Europe & the UK!
8. You will soon be releasing your new album, "This Light I Hold" can you tell me a little bit about it?
Matty: We are so proud of this record. We spent more time writing & recording than ever before & it really shows. 'This Light I Hold' is more rock driven than our previous albums & we feel like we took a giant step forward with this one.
9. What is the concept behind the album and how did the idea come about?
Matty: I never write concept albums. Each song is it's own concept & the record is very honest & transparent.
10. What is your favorite song on "This Light I Hold" and why?
Matty: It's really tough to pick but I think "Carry On" is a new all time favorite for me.
11. What can fans expect from the new Memphis May Fire album?
Matty: This record brings a really fresh perspective to our sound as a band. It feels new & exciting to us, but it's still a Memphis May Fire album through & through.
12. The title track for the album "This Light I Hold" you got to have Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, can we expect to see a tour come from that or was that just a onetime deal.
Matty: We would love to tour with Papa Roach! We'll see what happens!
13. When will we be hearing your material in the acoustic sense, or is that something Memphis May Fire, may not be interested in doing?
Matty: We've done a handful of acoustic renditions in the past and I'm sure we'll do more at some point.
14. What about a live album or live DVD, have anything in mind for a release such as that?
Matty: Yes, I think we're going to try to do one during this album cycle!
15. Your front man Matty Mullins, had gone solo, can we ever see his solo project and Memphis May Fire touring together?
Matty: As of now, I won't be touring on my solo material, it's just a passion project.
16. Does Matty Mullins, have anything new, in the works as far as music.
Matty: I'm actually working on a new record now! I'll probably start releasing material early 2017.
17. Matty Mullins has said he suffers from anxiety/depression, does the rest of the band suffer from those issues as well? What can be said to others who may be in the same place, what do you think of those conditions, especially being a musician, do you think being that is a outlet to help cope with those conditions?
Matty: Anxiety & depression have been the toughest battles I've ever fought. I'm happy to say that after therapy & a lot of learning, I'm mostly free from the symptoms these days. I think that music is something that can help people find hope & I always try to write lyrics that encourage that.
18. Is that your final answer?
Matty: Sure is lol! Thanks!