Matty Mullins and Cory Elder of Memphis May Fire recently caught up with Loudwire to talk about their new album Unconditional!The guys discussed how they came to the themes and ideas, what their influences are and the importance of spirituality in their lives.
Congrats on the new record. Did you had any ideas going into it and how close did you come to what ended up being the final product?
Matty Mullins:Yeah. Going into the record instrumentally we knew exactly what it was going to be like because as soon as we finish one record, Kellen [McGregor] starts writing another one. You know, drums, bass, guitar, he does it all. But it wasnt until I actually started tracking vocals that I knew what the record was going to be about.
I had an idea going into it. I had gone through a really rough patch in my life struggling with anxiety and depression for the first time ever and it was totally new to me. I really had no idea what was going on and it was all I could think about, so it was all I could write about. I just really started to dive deeper and deeper into my relationship with Jesus and just finding out how much he really loves us and also Gods love for humanity in general. I read this book called Jesus Is and it just changed my life, man. That ended up being what the record being about Gods unconditional love for humanity and it is just so cool.
You know day-to-day I would write a song in the studio and that is just how it turned out and now that it is done, I cant imagine it being any other way. I think it is exactly the way it was supposed to be.
Matty, can you discuss what it means to share something this personal with audiences and get their reactions with what is coming across?
MM:I mean God had a plan for sure and that is just becoming more evident every day. The two songs that we have played live off of the new record are No Ordinary Love and Sleepless Nights. This record isnt even out yet and those are by far the two songs that kids are just going insane and it is just like this record is supernatural. It was written through me and not by me and I am just so stoked about it. It is definitely showing true that this is the record that no only we needed to put out but the record that the scene really needed and I just thankful to be apart of it.
What were your favorite bands growing up the ones that got you into wanting to play music?
CE:My dad brought me up on a lot of classic rock. Anything fromAerosmithtoLynyrd Skynyrdand even more obscure stuff and then as I grew into my teenage years I started listening to bands like He is Legend, I am from the South so I listen to a lot of southern rock/metal bands like He is Legend and The Showdown. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and bands like that. Underoath is like that. They are really the ones who got me into this specific kind of genre. I listened to so much growing up it is unreal. My dad had a very eclectic record collection. Lots and lots of stuff.
MM:I was pretty sheltered growing up. I just started getting into heavier music with the Tooth & Nail / Solid State era, which really kind of brought this whole thing to life for me so I am really thankful for that label.
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