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MESSMAKER: Anthemic Indie Rock from Cleveland, Ohio
FOR FANS OF: The Band CAMINO, 21 Pilots, Switchfoot, The Struts

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.

Following their debut EP “Through This Fire”, MESSMAKER has released a series of singles, covers, and collaborations, working with Nate Saggio & Jim Stewart (Welshly Arms, The Happy Fits), and maintained a relentless performance schedule including regional & national tours.

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Hard Act to Follow
Paying Attention
More Than You Believe You Are
End of the World
We Are the Architects
Get Down


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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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