Striking, potent lyrics of surviving personal struggles inform songs of L.A.-based, Shane O’Malley Firek on self-titled album arriving March 24th.
Shane O’Malley Firek of The Ferdy Mayne as photographed by Alexander Harris.
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Hear “Define My Name” by The Ferdy Mayne via Buzzbands.la or see the video via Culture Collide or at the links below!
The Ferdy Mayne – In The Press
“A beautiful guitar solo, a pleading chorus, a spacey Western twang that makes you think now that Firek has ridden off into the sunset, there’s a happy ending somewhere in the horizon.” – Buzzbands.la
“A respect for raw expression while leaving room for nuance and beauty. Provides an immersive and mind-altering experience.” – Culture Collide
The Ferdy Mayne – Live
2/9/2017: Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
2/10/2017: Hatboro, PA @ Connelly's Pub
2/11/2017: Brooklyn, NY @ Scully's Den
2/18/2017: Joshua Tree, CA @ Joshua Tree Saloon
2/19/2017: Joshua Tree, CA @ Beatnik Lounge
The story of Shane O’Malley Firek, the single constant member of The Ferdy Mayne, is one of journeys – physical, spiritual, and a combination of the two.
“I was going through massive change when I was writing this material,” Firek explains of his self-titled debut album, out March 24th via Greater Peaks Records. “Before my sobriety, I was completely insane, in and out of jail, losing friends and putting myself in considerable debt,” he confesses. “I quit drinking around the time I began to perform in New York, and I’ve been sober a little over three years now.”
Free of the law, and free of the hold of alcohol, Firek accomplishes on this album what any artist hopes to who has lived through pretty good and really bad, and that is to fully inform the work with experience. Firek is most proud of his lyrics, and unlike some songwriters, he fights hard for them, sometimes over the course of many years.
“When I write songs, it takes a very long time. Very rarely do songs come quickly, aside from a few on this record,” he says. One that came more easily is the album’s first single “Define My Name,” premiered exclusively via Buzzbands.la, the music discovery website focused on Los Angeles, where Firek recently relocated from Brooklyn. Culture Collide recently premiered what they’ve called the “immersive and mind-altering” music video for the tune.
“This is the single most focused song on the record, lyrically,” Firek explains. “What else can it say? Define my name. Surreal, poignant Ferdy lyrics. This is what I do best.”
It’s a lot of movement, the other side of the coin of confinement, which Firek also knows something about. It’s likely the same optimism about his first glimpse of Los Angeles that kept him going before arriving there.
“Los Angeles is a shimmering object at first glance,” he remembers. “It is unreliable, similar to the unreliable dream of New York City, but I trust in the truth that you can sharpen the tools you came here with.”
Firek’s journey continues in 2017. He will return to Brooklyn for two shows in February, before returning to the west for a pair of shows in Joshua Tree, CA. Details of additional spring touring behind the release of the debut album by The Ferdy Mayne will be announced shortly.
The self-titled debut album by The Ferdy Mayne arrives on March 24th, 2017 via Greater Peaks Records. Shane O’Malley Firek is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Daytrotter session just-posted! Hear several live versions of tunes appearing on the upcoming debut album by The Ferdy Mayne here.
The Ferdy Mayne
March 24th, 2017
(Greater Peaks Records)
01. Factory Release
02. Real Shackle
06. In The Thick Of The Night
07. Slipping On Dimes
08. Heavy Metal Heart
09. Greater Peaks Of Avid Laurel Evenings
The Ferdy Mayne Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion