Seattle's Massy Ferguson has taken their raucous rock americana to the far reaches of the globe. In the past three years, the four-piece band has played shows in Melbourne, Australia, Munich, Germany and Puerto Pinasco, Mexico, to name just a few destinations.
Despite this penchant for the international, Massy Ferguson remains local to the bone, a fixture on the burgeoning Seattle roots music scene that has spawned the likes of Brandi Carlisle and The Fleet Foxes.
In 2008, Massy Ferguson released their full-length debut album, Cold Equations, which garnered rave reviews nationally despite being independently released. Music tastemaker Bruce Warren of WXPN Radio in Philadelphia made Massy Ferguson his Download of the Day, calling their album "an impressive record." Cold Equations also made waves in Seattle, getting serious spins on Seattle's highly influential non-commercial station KEXP and commercial station KMTT "The Mountain." Massy Ferguson was named a 2009 Artist To Watch by Skope Magazine, and in November of that year they were featured in a short documentary film about KEXP for MTV.com.
Additionally, the band has experienced great success with live shows, packing venues in the Pacific Northwest. They have headlined rooms ranging from Neumos to The Tractor to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. They have opened for a number of national and international touring acts as well, including members of Phish and the Grateful Dead, The Bottle Rockets, Fastball, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and Micky and the Motorcars, among others.
The band recently signed a record deal with Seattle's Spark and Shine Records and are working on their next album to be released in the summer of 2010. Their second album is much anticipated and should bring the band into greater prominence in Seattle as well as in far-off locations.