With thick layers of electric guitars complimented by a thunderous drum sound and frontman Ethan Anderson's signature heartland growl, the new full length album channels various touchstones such as REM’s “Document“, The Replacements at their mid-eighties peak and even Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak".
The record is Seattle to the core, produced by legendary local producer Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Posies, Gerald Collier, et al) and recorded at Jack Endino's (of Nirvana "Bleach" fame) acclaimed Soundhouse Studios. Despite their city's reputation for dark, hard "grungy" music, these are more than convincing roots rockers that sound like they belong on outlaw country radio and simultaneously some awesome left of the dial AM college station in 1987.
Anderson's vocal capacity to belt out a heavy dose of authority on this record channels a young Jay Farrar or Jeff Tweedy (think Uncle Tupelo days) with the knack, like those aforementioned roots legends, to still maintain introspection lyrically, especially on such tracks as "Making It" or "Firewater" or "Into the Wall", giving the band a broad range musically.
This is an LP for the everyman, one with no pretences, one with contagious hooks that you crave again, one with rock and melody. This is the genius of Seattle’s Massy Ferguson.
“You know only good things can come from
a band that named itself after a farm-equipment company. But they're not as
hayseed as you'd expect. Their songs are steeped in the classic Americana of
the Blasters, the Jayhawks, and the Backsliders. Rich with imagery of highways,
truck-stop coffee, whiskey, road-weariness, and bad motels, Massy Ferguson make
cinematic music about the blue-collar aspects of our nation. This is what Jay
Farrar might sound like without his thesaurus." - Brian
J. Barr, The Seattle Weekly
"(Victory and Ruins) is one hell of a fine album that crackles with instant hooks and melodies, has an effervescence of choruses and boasts a fistful of damn fine blue collar songs into the bargain." - Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK