Massy Ferguson (not to be confused with Massey Ferguson, the agricultural company responsible for tractors around the globe) have been crafting their unique rock-Americana vibes for over a dozen years now. With their extensive touring having taken them across the world and back again, giving them ample incentive and opportunity to write their albums, the latest of which is released this June.
Great Divides is the latest offering from a band who have carefully honed their music to straddle both country and rock into a virulent twang of Americana paradise. Their album launches into life with the dark and almost angsty vocals of Ethan Anderson who seems to have a voice of that beyond his years. Somewhat similar to the docile tones of Jonathan Coulton his voice is impassioned and seemingly tender but there is also the guttural crackle of electricity hidden behind it. His passion is contagious as his earnest and rusting voice creaks out atop some of the most stunning and elegant tunes the band has ever produced.
Nobody could ever say that Massy Ferguson weren’t an ambitious band as their music focusses itself on a decadent atmosphere that is afforded to them by their astounding musical abilities. Leading it all is a dutiful and artful bass line that’s tightly coiled with delicate slide guitar. Their sound is so simultaneously grand and natural that it’s easy to forget that this isn’t an overly large band on a stage, propped up with a host of backing performers. Instead these gents just throw everything they have into what they do and the result is a terse and powerful album that is also immeasurably fun. Songs like Momma’s in the Backseat have an amazing melody running through them that counteracts the poetic and almost aggressive tales they tell, making them warm and jovial.
Great Divides is a beautiful and disjointedly harmonious album that pieces country, Americana and rock together like a jigsaw puzzle that’s being worked on from the inside out. Things don’t quite feel like they’re supposed to be there just yet and yet there they are; looking and sounding better every moment.
MASSY FERGUSON · UK TOUR · JULY 2019
Sat 6 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2019
Sun 7 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2019, Gospel Brunch
Sun 7 Christchurch, Dorset The Thomas Tripp
Wed 10 Sheffield The Greystones
Fri 12 Bristol The Golden Lion
Sat 13 Dedham, nr. Colchester Al Festo Beer & Music Festival (2pm)
Sun 14 Ecton, Northants. The Three Horseshoes
Wed 17 London The Windmill, Brixton with guest Peter Bruntnell
Thu 18 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach with guest Peter Bruntnell
Fri 19 Chester Telford’s Warehouse with guest Peter Bruntnell
Sat 20 Gateshead SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 (6:30pm)
Sun 21 Gateshead SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 (Noon)
Wed 24 Kinross Backstage @ The Green Hotel
Thu 25 Montrose Montrose Folk Club, The Links Hotel
Sat 27 Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival
Review by Joe Knipe