Your favourite band/singer and why.
Okay, so everyone knows that my favourite band is We Are The Ocean, but I talk about them a lot.
These guys are a very close 2nd, so today I’m going to share with you why I like listening to Memphis May Fire.
Besides being very talented musicians, they have a knack for penning tunes that get under your skin, and get you off your feet; this sort of music is very much alive, and Memphis May Fire make it hard to sit still through any one of their songs without tapping your foot, nodding your head, or playing a full-blown air drum rendition if nobody else is around (yes, I have done this. If you try it, you’d appreciate the fun it brings too!).
They present me with challenging things to learn on the guitar, and are very much a no-nonsense band, sticking to what they are good at, growing in that area, and not skimping in variety; to the untrained listener of this genre, perhaps, it will seem a cacophony of noise and shouting, but to those of you who have developed a taste for it, each gutteral shout, harmony-drenched chorus, crushing breakdown and pummeling guitar riff tells you that these guys mean it, with no two songs sounding the same.
Finally, as if that were not enough, they are one of many bands that have Christian members without pigeonholing themselves as a Christian band. Some say that is like hiding their light under a basket, but consider this; part of their job is writing poetic anthems that not only entertain the masses, but that reach into peoples hearts and stir their minds, dragging up feelings of ‘I know what he means by that’ or ‘that’s how I’m feeling’ with each topic they cover…
Granted, not every song they write is laced with the Gospel and singing praise to God, but the Christian band members certainly have had their say in some songs, and the resulting messages from the lyrics seep into the souls of crowd after crowd, most probably completely unknowingly on their part! But songs like these are still outreach of sorts.
And in nowhere is it more apparent than their new album; both the opening and closing tracks carry messages that portray intervention, hope and salvation from a higher power. These two songs are like book-ends enclosing tracks about betrayal by people, past regrets, loss, deception, and anger.
I like to think of the first and last track as the musical Alpha and Omega surrounding the problems of earthly life that go on between the beginning and the end…allow me to illustrate:
First Track [REST OF THE ALBUM] Last Track
the creation of the universe [LIFE] the eventual return on Judgement Day
…think about it.
To finish, I particularly feel that the closing track, titled ‘The Redeemed’, paints a picture to replace that laid down by the previous, altogether more sombre melodies, and I’ve listened to it repeatedly with a large smile on my face.
Give it a listen. You may love it, you may wish you’d never clicked play; but if you don’t listen all the way through, skip to around the 3min mark, or at least Google the lyrics. Amidst the chaotic noise there is a serene, wonderfully-written beauty and eternal truth to the words.
The destination lies ahead,
We are not alone.
These bones are only temporary,
We are not alone.”