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MESSMAKER: Anthemic Indie Rock from Cleveland, Ohio

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in MESSMAKER, musical architect Michael McFarland’s refreshing take on indie rock. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Weezer and Bastille to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Elton John, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever. Performing live-looping acrobatics as a one-man rock show or lighting up concert halls as a four-piece band, the Cleveland, Ohio-based act elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, MESSMAKER’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.


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    “The choruses are more often than not so damn catchy and memorable. Michael is a fantastic vocalist, not only impressing with a great voice but also bringing forth a tonne of personality… a total colourful blast of infectious proportions.”

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    - Small Music Scene

    “A true visionary and observationalist, Michael lays himself wide open and vulnerable through every track… a masterpiece.”

    - Stargazer Music Magazine

    “Through This Fire captures the resilience of the creative spirit with lyrics that embody the desire to not only push forward despite crushing adversity, but also to bend that adversity to one’s will.”

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    - Collette Josef, MusicExistence

    “Cleveland Native Michael McFarland is a Musical Architect”

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    - Bill Smith, The Rock Office

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