Thursday 30 May 2013


Memphis May Fire are on a whirlwind tour of the UK and Europe and Slam Dunk Festival is slap bang in the middle of it all. The Texas five-piece have a busy year ahead at the Warped Tour all summer, and are already working on new material.
We managed to catch up with Kellen and Jake pre show to chat about the new material, dueting with Nicki Minaj and kebab mob tattoos!

Heya! You had a headline show at Underworld to kick off the tour – how was it? 
KELLEN [McGregor, guitar]- Yeah, it was awesome, it was so hot though.
JAKE [Garland, drums]- We were super exhausted because we flew in that day and had no sleep, but it was a great show.

A nice warm up for the Slam Dunk dates?
KELLEN- It was definitely a shock [laughing]

What do you like most about coming over to the UK?
KELLEN- The Donner!
JAKE- Ah yeah, the kebab! We all have kebab tattoos [both get out said kebab tattoos].
KELLEN- Oh yeah, you’ve got to be part of the kebab mob [laughing].
JAKE- We got them last time we were over, but not in the UK. We got it in Switzerland which actually was the only place we didn’t get a kebab so I feel like this made up for it [laughing]. But aside from the kebabs the shows are great. One thing that’s cool about going overseas is that all the shows are incredible, fans are more into it over here. And with the UK there’s not that language barrier so we can still chat with fans.
KELLEN- Although it’s still hard to understand them sometimes, like in Australia too. Scotland’s the hardest, it’s real tricky.

There was a bit of a gap of between “Sleepwalking” and “The Hollow”, and then off the back of the success of “The Hollow” you released “Challenger” the next year, which has done incredibly well too. Does that add pressure or does it spur you on for the next record?
KELLEN- There’s pressure but it’s definitely not a conscious thing. We’ve always been a band that will write what we write and if you like it then you like it. We just go for it.

Speaking of the next record – you tweeted saying the stuff you’d already written already was set to beat "Challenger"- can you give anything away? What can fans expect?
JAKE- Yeah, for sure. We have like ten songs done at the moment and they’re good. We don’t know when it’s going to come out but we’re going to record in September so maybe this time next year, maybe earlier.
KELLEN- It’s definitely going to be more up and down. “Challenger” had a similar tone throughout the whole thing, just because of the specific things we were writing about. But on the next album each song will sound different from the next.
JAKE- There will be a super fast song and then a really slow one and then a couple on the bouncy tempo that we like to write in. I like that though, because there will be songs that people can have a favourite. In “Challenger” it’s hard to pick because only “Miles Away” is really the different sounding one.

You guys have had a few line-up changes – do you feel stronger than ever?
JAKE- Oh yeah. Kellen’s the only original founding member from back in the day. How many members would you say you’ve gone through?
KELLEN- We’ve gone through two drummers, you’re the third, three bass players, two guitarists and we’ve had two singers. Crazy.
JAKE- This line-up is awesome though.

You’ve worked with Kellin from Sleeping With Sirens and Danny from Asking Alexandria- if you could duet with?
JAKE- It’s hard with Matty [Mullins, vocals] not being here
KELLEN- He would definitely want that dude, we were saying it the other day…
JAKE- From Blindside yeah, Christian Lindskog, that’s one of his favourite bands of all time. He hopes to get in touch with him, not to even do a guest thing I think, he just really wants to meet and chat with him. We want to get someone really different
KELLEN- I’d like to have a female vocalist, that would be cool, but I don’t know who
JAKE- Nicki Minaj? [laughing].

And what’s next for you guys?
JAKE- Warped Tour, main stage all summer long, then we’ll be recording and then probably another winter tour. I hope we can come back here too.

To read our live review of Slam Dunk North 2013  [including Memphis May Fire's set] CLICK HERE