Texas metal juggernauts Memphis May Fire have officially announced the details for their long-awaited new studio album. Titled Unconditional, the disc is due out on March 25 via Rise Records. I sat down with guitarists Kellen McGregor and Anthony Sepe back in November to talk about the new record. “I think the surprise is going to be a pretty pleasant one. I think the kids will definitely be very excited about it. Definitely something for every one,” Sepe said. McGregor added, “There’s a couple tracks on there that are unlike anything we’ve ever done. I think it’s our best record we’ve ever done.” Today, the band premiered their new single, “No Ordinary Love”, which can be viewed above. On February 21, Memphis May Fire kick off their U.S. headlining tour with support from The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, and Beartooth. In April, the band will head to the UK for a brief headlining run where they will be accompanied once again by The Word Alive, as well as Cytota. In May, they’ll hit the U.S. festival circuit with stops at Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Self Help Fest, and more. Memphis May Fire will be contributing their cover of “Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots to Fearless Records’ Punk Goes 90s – Vol. 2, which is due out on April 1.
Memphis May Fire formed in 2004 in Dallas, TX and in 2007, the band released their self-titled debut EP. In 2008, frontman Matty Mullins joined the band and Memphis May Fire released their debut full-length album, Sleepwalking, via Trustkill Records in 2009. In November of 2010, the band released a second EP, Between The Lies. Just one month later, Memphis May Fire inked a deal with Rise Records. The band entered the studio once again and released their sophomore LP and major-label debut, The Hollow, in 2011. The album hit #130 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the US Heatseekers Chart.
In the summer of 2012, the band played the Vans Warped Tour and just after the tour began, they released their third album, Challenger, in June. The album was a breakout hit for the band, and their best commercial success to date. It debut at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and produced three hit singles. After Warped Tour ’12, the band toured in South America, and Europe with Of Mice & Men. They returned to the States for a run with Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, I See Stars, and Attila. The band returned to Warped Tour in 2013, and just completed a huge U.S. tour with Sleeping With Sirens, Breathe Carolina, and Issues. The band recenty returned from overseas, performing on Vans Warped Tour UK. – by Matt Bishop (Memphis May Fire – Live Photo Gallery)