For more than a dozen years, Massy Ferguson has proudly planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their brand of amplified Americana along the way. Based in Seattle, they've become international torchbearers of a sound that's distinctly moody Northwest Americana, with a touring history that spans fourteen different countries. On their sixth full-length studio album, Joe's Meat and Grocery, they double down on their rock & roll roots, mixing bar-band twang with a raw, guitar-driven bang. Gluing those sounds together is the songwriting partnership of bass-playing frontman Ethan Anderson and guitarist Adam Monda. Their songs spin stories of small-town adolescence, big-city adulthood, and the long miles of highway that stretch in between.
Long before Massy Ferguson played their first show in 2006, Anderson spent his childhood outside Seattle in the rural reaches of the Pacific Northwest. His parents were strictly religious, and he found himself at the local Pentecostal church almost every weekend, watching as his fellow congregants beat their Bibles and spoke in tongues. Unfortunately, the spirit didn't move him in quite the same way. In search of clarity, Anderson turned to music: first to the country and folk artists whose songs reminded him of home, and later to the hard-edged rock bands who ruled the roost in Seattle, where he'd eventually relocate as an adult. Those two stylistic extremes — country and rock & roll — continue to rear their heads in his music. Anderson's past continues to rear its head, too, and it's woven throughout the moody offerings on Joe's Meat and Grocery. Massy Ferguson's records have always sounded cinematic, like a Springsteen-worthy portrayal of blue-collar life in America's northwestern pocket." (Promo Copy)