I have a confession. I had not heard of Matty Mullins before now, but after reviewing his self-titled album, I won’t forget his name in the distant future.
Mullins is the frontman for Memphis May Fire, but released his debut solo album on Sept. 23. Out of the eleven tracks, I have to admit that some are more memorable than others. “Speak to Me” seems the most worthy of head-banging. There is a need that is apparent—a need for love, attention and another person. Behind the vocals, the instrumental mix is steady but far from boring. “My Dear” borders the pop, electric and punk rock genres. The beat is a bit repetitive, but the lyrics are better than most pop songs of our day. The variation and relatability make the song more emotional. There is fear, love and support through the song. It is one of those songs you want to imagine being sung to you. “99% Soul” is probably the most popular track on the album. If you are looking to get an overview of what to expect from Mullins, this is probably some of his best work so far. It shows his vocal capabilities and the percussion doesn’t distract from him like it does on some of the other songs. “Right Here, Right Now” is extremely reassuring; it spreads the message of living in the moment and not needing anything else. My personal favorite part of the song is the interlude about two minutes in, when the background gets a bit more techno for a minute.