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There’s something happening in Nashville’s underground rock scene. Montezuma Fire Machine (MFM) stands apart from the typical Music City sound, a group from very different musical backgrounds producing some of the most complex, anti-mainstream live music in town.
Since 2009, MFM has evolved from an experimental rock band to an increasingly complex, innovative genre mash-up, bridging the gap between musician’s music and music for the masses. This dynamic, strictly instrumental sound grows from each individual involved, with influences ranging from classic psychedelic and progressive rock to metal and jazz. Focusing such different influences might be difficult for some bands, but not for this group with such unequivocal talent and musicianship. A machine must be more than a sum of its parts, and several player swaps over the years have only further contributed to MFM’s mind-blowing complexity.
Smoldering with unceasing energy as songs leap from otherworldly, squalling riffs to sludgy bass, MFM sets the live show standard. You haven’t seen live music till you’ve seen a violinist scream into his own f-holes. And somewhere beneath this sonic boom lies the shadow of political commentary. Art should provoke a reaction, after all. Witness the Machine.