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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.

  • Press Clippings

    “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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    “Easily one of my favorite acts ever to see live!”

    - George Chase Jr., Jestertainment Media

    “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

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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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