Memphis May Fire

Mike Judy Presents

Memphis May Fire

blessthefall, The Color Morale, Sylar, Bad Seed Rising

Fri, March 10, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

The Ready Room

St. Louis, MO

$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 and Hard 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.
blessthefall
blessthefall
In the two-year span since blessthefall's album His Last Walk was released, the band has undergone some internal repairs that could have sunk any other band on the rise. Not so for theBLESSTHEFALL ­ Beau Bokan (lead vocals), Eric Lambert (guitar), Jared Warth (bass/vocals), Matt Traynor (drums), Elliott Gruenberg (guitar) ­ One of the most respected frontrunners in the metalcore community, Arizona's Blessthefall has spent years building a strong foundation and a legion of devoted fans throughout their impressive career of over a decade. Blessthefall teamed up with producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men) to record the follow up to 2013's Hollow Bodies, which hit #15 on the Billboard Top 200. Performing at their highest level of musicianship, the band took a giant leap forward with new album To Those Left Behind to create their proudest collection of pulverizing and sonically dynamic tracks. Blessthefall created a deeply personal, bold, and dark collection of tracks that relate to the themes of live, coping, betrayal, and revenge mindset of various characters with a touch of paranormal activity. Known for their explosive live show, blessthefall are currently tearing across the country on the Main Stage of the Vans Warped Tour, adding to an impressive touring history that includes runs with As I Lay Dying, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, August Burns Red, Every Time I Die, and Asking Alexandria. "With all the bands in the scene it's hard to stand out," says Bokan. "Anyone can go into a studio and make an over produced album that sounds amazing, but if they can't pull it off live it means nothing. We pride ourselves on our live show, and we want people to walk away from our live show and be blown away. We leave our hearts on the stage every night. The greatest compliment to ever get is when someone says we sound better live than on CD." For these Taste of Chaos veterans and current road warriors, they're anxious to take their performance chops to the road for Witness. While trying to win over new fans while appeasing the old may be a difficult task for some bands, blessthefall accept it eagerly as a challenge that they'll work toward with this record and its following tours. "There is a lot more drive now that Beau is in the band," Lambert said. "We know we have a lot to prove and we are all hungry for it."
The Color Morale
The Color Morale
CONSISTING OF GARRET RAPP (VOCALS), DEVIN KING (GUITAR), AARON SAUNDERS (GUITAR), STEVE CAREY (DRUMS) AND MIKE HONSON (BASS), THE COLOR MORALE STANDS WITH THEIR FANS. HEALING TOGETHER. STRENGTHENING EACH OTHER THROUGH THE COMMON BONDS OF BROKENNESS, SUFFERING AND A HOPE FOR REDEMPTION. THE BAND IS KNOWN TO SKILLFULLY COMBINE ELEMENTS OF INTRICATE MUSICIANSHIP WITH A PASSIONATE MESSAGE. WITH SHREDDING RIFFS AND SOARING CHORUSES, THE ROCKFORD, IL FIVE-PIECE ARE MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT, PUTTING AS MUCH EMPHASIS ON THE MESSAGE FOUND IN THE SONGS AS THEY DO IN THEIR SOUND, AND THAT IS WHAT THEIR FANS VALUE MOST. SINCE THEIR FORMATION IN 2007, THE BAND HAS RELEASED THREE ALBUMS TO DATE WE ALL HAVE DEMONS,MY DEVIL IN YOUR EYES, AND KNOW HOPE. ON THEIR FOURTH ALBUM AND FEARLESS RECORDS DEBUT HOLD ON PAIN ENDS, THE COLOR MORALE EXPLORES NEW DEPTHS OF POWER, EMOTION, AND FEELING, WHICH ALTERNATIVE PRESS NOTED AS ONE OF THEIR MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014 AND KERRANG! MAGAZINE DESCRIBED AS "ONE OF THE MOST HARD-HITTING ALBUMS OF THE YEAR." THE GROUP'S EVER-BUILDING FOLLOWING STANDS WITH THEM, TOO: LANDING THEM ON THE COVER OF HM MAGAZINE AND ALTERNATIVE PRESS' WARPED TOUR ISSUE. THE BAND HAS TOURED WITH THE LIKES OF THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA,AUGUST BURNS RED, OF MICE & MEN, ATTACK! ATTACK!, WE CAME AS ROMANS, AND HAVE RECENTLY WRAPPED UP AN ENTIRE SUMMER ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR 2014. THE COLOR MORALE STAND POISED FOR THEIR BIGGEST YEAR TO DATE, ARMED WITH THEIR MOST VIBRANT, FOCUSED, AND OVERWHELMINGLY POWERFUL COLLECTION OF SONGS.
Sylar
Sylar is a metalcore band from Queens, NY formed in 2011. They released their debut EP Cutting the Ties digitally via iTunes on November 1, 2011. Lead vocalist Jay Panesso has been selling merch for Emmure since 2011. The band is currently finishing up their second EP produced by Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack!.
Bad Seed Rising
Bad Seed Rising is a rock and roll band from Maryland signed to Roadrunner and Atlantic Records. They have toured across the United States and performed with acts like Rise Against, Jane's Addiction, Saliva, Everclear, Kix, Night Ranger, Motley Crue, Johnny Rzeznik, Molly Hatchet and others. They frequently perform at Baltimore's historic Ram's Head Live and staple festivals The Shindig and the M3 Rock Festival.
Venue Information:
The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO, 63110
http://www.thereadyroom.com