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 103.7 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 CD which is starting to garner attention locally and overseas. They were recently named an "Artist to Watch" by Skope Magazine (www.skope.com).
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 acoustic album featuring 8 songs from their 2006 Insomnia Radio 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.
With early support from KEXP and packed local shows, "Cold Equations" looks to expand the band's base even further. This fall, they played the Circus Mexicus Festival with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, playing in front of a crowd of 2,500 people.
Massy Ferguson consists of Ethan Anderson, vocals/bass, Adam Monda, guitar/vocals, Tony Mann, keyboards and Dave Goedde, drums
ARTISTS THEY'VE PLAYED WITH:
Mike Gordon of Phish, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Billy Kruetzmann of Grateful Dead, The Bottle Rockets, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Dusty 45s, Scott Kanneberg of Pavement, North Twin, Power of County, Scott Murawski of Max Creek, Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees), Suicide Jack, Memphis Radio Kings, The Maldives, The Vagrants (Aus.), Atom Box (Neth.), The Bojitos (Germany).
CREDITS (among others):
2009 Artists to Watch -- Skope Magazine
2008 Featured Artist (Sept.) -- 78s Soundsystem (Germany)
Music for Troops -- Compilation CD
Seattle Weekly REVERBfest - 2008 slot
Noise for the Needy Festival -- 2008 slot
Choochokum Festival -- 2008 headlining slot
Barwon Club Hotel (Geelong, Australia) -- 2009 slot
Massy Ferguson is cultivating an international following as well. This past August and September (2007), Massy Ferguson toured Northern Europe, playing shows in The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Germany (Munich, Wiesbaden), among others. On Sept. 6, they played a pre-deployment event in front of thousands at Wiesbaden Army Airfield for the United States First Armored Tank Division (1AD).
The band has also experienced success in Latin America. In 2008, Massy Ferguson played alongside Mike Gordon (Phish), Bill Kruetzmann (Grateful Dead) at an open air benefit concert at Doce Lunas in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica. A year prior, MF toured in the country and were featured in the article "Mar y Musica" in the national Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion previewing their show at the Villa Caletas Amphitheater. Upon finishing a 90 minute set to a jam-packed, sun-drenched amphitheater, they were overwhelmed with screams of "Otra" (meaning "encore" in Spanish).