For their sixth album, Memphis May Fire frontman Matty Mullins found himself digging deep into his psyche and journey for inspiration. ‘Broken’ was completed the best part of a year ago, but with their US tour with Atreyu fast coming around, now’s the time for Memphis May Fire to make their way back into the world, and for the record to finally fulfil its purpose.
“It’s never been about anything but what we can do to help people with our music,” Matty begins over the phone from his home in Nashville. “There’s the bare bones part of being a band; that you’ve got to go out and make a living and sell merchandise and stuff like that, but we’ve always had a strong team that’s handled things like that for us. Our focus has always been to write music that can genuinely help people.”
Building ‘Broken’ from the ground up while tucked away in the studio, Memphis May Fire wanted to pull out all the honesty they could muster. What they’ve walked out with is an album that is most certainly fit to help those in their time of need.
“It’s not that we feel we have some special gift, or ability to do that, it’s just something that we’re trying to do,” he admits. “And it does happen to feel lucky, and blessed, to be a part of that story in somebody life. It’s not very complicated; it’s me sitting down and writing a song and saying, ‘you know, I’m exactly like you’. We are all human beings, and we’re all struggling with the same things, you know? This is what I’m going through. Life’s not easy, and life’s not perfect but there is a beauty in the brokenness, and there is healing when you want it.”
Even the album sat gestating for the last twelve months or so offered itself a unique opportunity for Matty in the form of recognising his journey.
“It’s amazing to think about all of the healing that has happened in my life and everything that I’ve learned since,” he says brightly. “I think it’s therapeutic to tell my story. The whole idea behind the record is that I wanted to share my story honestly so that people would feel like they’re not alone; that’s the first step of healing for anybody.”