In less than three years, Seattle\’s Massy Ferguson has earned a name for itself locally and internationally, playing memorable shows in front of packed venues in their hometown, entertaining U.S. troops in Germany and rocking alongside members of Phish and the Grateful Dead in Jaco, Costa Rica.
This hard- working quartet has managed to book shows in Europe, tour Costa Rica and get airplay in Melbourne, Australia, as well as support from influential Seattle stations KEXP and 107.3 The Mountain — without the aid of a label.
In September of 2008 Massy Ferguson released their debut full-length album \”Cold Equations,\” an 11-song LP which is starting to garner attention locally and overseas. “Cold Equations” is a dynamic and forceful 11-song LP written over the past two years which has seen the band rise to local popularity and tour internationally in Costa Rica, Germany and The Netherlands. The band shows great range on the album: Songs such as “Blind” (track 2) and “Gun Control” (track 4) hearken back to classic American groups like Tom Petty and Whiskeytown, while others such as “The Wages Of…” (track 8) evoke Bruce Springsteen and newer bands like The Hold Steady. The band also showcases a more reflective side on songs like “Secondhand,” “Any Old One,” and the title track. The overall approach is decidedly front-side rock-and-roll with epic moments, big guitar riffs, memorable vocal hooks and a healthy dose of country twang.
They\’ve been described as, \”unapologetic rock Americana for the masses,\” and it\’s clear the band\’s fresh take on traditional American roots music is striking a nerve. Tracing their influences to alt-country (Drive-By-Truckers, The Jayhawks) and American southern rock (The Black Crowes, Marshall Tucker Band), Massy Ferguson\’s blue-collar rock stays true to old musical pioneers while forging its own evolutionary path.
The journey started with a 5-song, self-released, self-titled EP in 2006. The next year, the band released Live in the Lounge, a live album featuring 8-songs from their 2006 Insomnia Radio acoustic session (which was podcast to an audience of nearly 80,000 subscribers.) Now they\’re roaring ahead with the release of Cold Equations, their first proper full-length album.
In Seattle, Massy Ferguson is also known as \”The People\’s Band,\” \”The Hardest Sweating Band in Showbiz\” and of course, \”Massy F***ing Ferguson.\” These monikers seem fitting for the band\’s no-frills approach to writing music and for their rowdy live performances. The four-piece embraces the reputation, the adulation, the screaming fans … who wouldn\’t?
With early support from KEXP and packed local shows, Cold Equation looks to expand the band\’s base even further. This fall, they\’ll be playing Circus Mexicus Festival with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
MF consists of Ethan Anderson, vocals/bass, Adam Monda, guitar/vocals, Tony Mann, keyboards and Dave Goedde, drums