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MESSMAKER: Anthemic Indie Rock from Cleveland, Ohio

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in MESSMAKER’s refreshing take on indie rock. Lighting up stages as a power duo, musical architect Michael McFarland (he/him) and versatile percussionist Freja McNeal (she/her) bring the energy of an arena show to every performance. Garnering comparisons to acts such as The Band CAMINO, The Maine, and The Struts, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever, and joined by McNeal 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.

  • Press Clippings

    “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

    Cleveland’s Alternative pop-rock darlings.”

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    - TAM Magazine

    The songwriting is on point and when it’s combined with top notch production and delivery you have something special.”

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    - Pitch Perfect

    This track is FIRE. Unique flow & catchy chorus got me hooked from the first listen.

    - Rust Belt Radio

    “MESSMAKER cakewalk along defined genre lines… an anthemic draft of fresh, bright, clairvoyant air.”

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    - James Buckey, Music Crowns

    “Known for their captivating live performances and expansive artistry, MESSMAKER craft songs that come straight from their heart to find a home in ours carried by big, bright indie rock sonics.”

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  • Audio Samples

    More Than You Believe You Are
    End of the World
    The New Contagion
    Invincible (feat. MixedFeelings216)
    Get Down
    Not Going Under
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