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Video Premiere: "Maybe The Gods" by Massy Ferguson

Massy Ferguson - Rich Zollner Photography
23 April 2019

Massy Ferguson – L-R: Fred Slater, Dave Goedde, Ethan Anderson, Adam Monda – Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography

For more than a dozen years, Massy Ferguson have proudly planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana along the way. Based in Seattle, they’ve become international torchbearers of a sound that’s distinctly American, with a touring history that spans nine different countries.

Their fifth album, Great Divides, is set to be released on May 17th via North & Left Records. On the LP, the band showcase their rock ‘n’ roll roots by mixing bar-band twang with raw, guitar-driven bang. Gluing those sounds together is the captivating songwriting that spins stories of small-town adolescence, big-city adulthood, and the long miles of highway that stretch between.

Massy Ferguson is comprised of songwriter Ethan Anderson (lead vocals, bass), songwriter Adam Monda (guitar, vocals), keyboardist Fred Slater, and drummer Dave Goedde (percussion).

The Big Takeover is mighty pleased to be hosting the premiere of the engaging performance video for the track “Maybe The Gods”, which features Seattle soul singer, teacher, and actress Adra Boo on co-vocals and Jay Kardong on pedal steel. The video was filmed at Lightbank Studios in Seattle, directed by Ryan Purcell, and animated and edited by Michael McCoy.

The band members and Boo play and sing with enthusiasm in the video. The rousing and uplifting track marches forward with a determined drum beat, soulful keyboard notes, a low bass line undertone, guitar simmer and pedal steel twang, and Anderson and Boo’s vibrant, paired up vocals.

Ethan Anderson dives into some details about the song and video, revealing, “I look at this song, and the video, as the realization, especially as an adult, that most of the time odds are going to be against you: It’s probably going to rain, you’re not going to get the job, there’s going to be some annoying complication to even your best moments. You can just do your best and hope the gods will smile down on you some good luck. I got a friend who is Hindu and when things are not going well, she’ll say ‘you pray to your gods and I’ll pray to mine”, so I kinda like the plurality in the lyrics there.”

““The song actually came about in the rehearsal room when Adam was having his amp short out. I seem to remember he hit the top of the amp with his fist and said, ‘maybe the gods are gonna be on my side’ and I think we just looked at each other because it sounded lyrical and started mouthing those lyrics. Dave started playing this drumbeat and the song went from there,” Anderson concludes.

Pre-Order Great Divides HERE