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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 and versatile percussionist Freja McNeal bring the energy of an arena show to every performance. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Panic At the Disco and Bastille, 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.


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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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