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Michael McFarland: Anthemic Lovestruck Indie Rock

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in musical architect Michael McFarland’s refreshing take on indie rock. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Weezer and Bastille to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Elton John, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever. Performing live-looping acrobatics as a one-man rock show, or backed by his four-piece band The Mess Makers, the Cleveland, Ohio-based performer elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, McFarland’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.


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    “Cleveland Native Michael McFarland is a Musical Architect”

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    - Bill Smith, The Rock Office

    “The EP is stripped down and raw, it’s McFarland and a guitar but you know what, it’s good, some parts are really good and it’s well worth picking up.”

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    - Bear, ClevelandRockAndRoll

    “We Are The Architects is a beautiful release from Michael McFarland with a very honest and real feel to it… great vocal tones and a drive guitar sound that brings the whole release together.”

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    - Chloe Bevan, ShoutItLoud Reviews

    “If you’re a fan of Matchbox Twenty, The Fray, or any guy who can write a good song, Michael McFarland’s music will really be comfort food to your ears!”

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    - Debbie Mazella, Magic 98.3 WMGQ

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