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Song Stories: Raw Diamond Ring

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Raw Diamond Ring
I didn’t think I’d ever get to a point where I felt like truly looking into a ring.  She always liked raw diamonds - and I paid attention.  It didn’t work out and thankfully no rings were purchased, but the song was too good to throw away along with the relationship.  “Two lovers, two fighters, two ships out at sea… / Threading the needle with astonishing ease.” That’s where I was at one point.  And that’s where I hope to be again one day.  I hope this song brings joy to those people who are so intertwined and deeply connected to one another that they’d consider spending the rest of their lives together.  Sometimes you lose yourself in the best way. I want this song to allow people to get lost for just a few minutes of unfiltered, unwavering hope and happiness.



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Song Stories: God's Fault

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: God's Fault
This song is the centerpiece of RECOIL.  It was the first one I wrote for the record.  It’s a song about betrayal, but from both sides.  We’ve all done some betraying and we’ve all been betrayed.  I wanted to paint that simple picture and capture the essence of those feelings on tape.  It’s a deeply personal song for me, so it arrived without me having to do anything other than grab ahold of it.  I remember waking up from a nightmare back in December of 2015 and staring at the hotel pen/pad next to the bed. All I wrote was “this bed is a cage” over and over again.  The next morning on the plane, I filled in the last line “and now I have to lie in the one that you’ve made.”  For me, that’s the most powerful lyric on the entire record.  I try to dump my entire heart and soul into every note and every melody I put my stamp on.  This song is one of my proudest moments as an artist.  


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Song Stories: Indigo

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Indigo
A dear friend of mine lost her brother to a senseless and extremely tragic act of violence that ended in death.  He was only 17.  As I put myself in her shoes (having both a younger sister and an older brother), the song started to spill out.  I think about the other side of this life quite a bit.  It keeps me up some nights.  That idea of riding straight through the sunset...out of this Universe and into a land of complete peace - it’s beautiful to me.  Having lost quite a few loved ones along the way, I realize it ain’t gonna get any easier because we’re certainly not getting any younger.  Our clocks are ticking and our time will run out.  But that doesn’t have to be the end.  Perhaps it’s the True Beginning.  “Indigo” is for anyone who’s ever lost someone dear to them and can’t wait to see them on the other side of this troubled, dark world.  It’s a call to those who are already there to “light fires inside” of us and “hear our cries.”  I believe they hear us.  My hope for this song is that it will take the listener there and give them a renewed sense of peace that there’s more to grief than just sadness.  There’s a beauty in passing onto the next life.  No more goodbyes.   


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Indy Show Cancellation

By Eric Kleineck

Indy Show Cancellation

Matthew has been in a terrible car accident. He will recover, but he has a broken sternum, lots of cuts and bruises, as well as the same flu-like symptoms he's been experiencing for a week on the road. 

He told us to tell everyone in Indianapolis he is so sorry for letting anyone down and will reschedule as soon as he heals. 

Thank you all for your kindness, support, and understanding. 

-Eric & Drew / MM Mgmt

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Song Stories: TURNCOAT

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: TURNCOAT

With all loss and grief comes the rage phase.  “TURNCOAT” is simply that.  Brutal, vicious, and pissed off.  It’s the wild card on the record.  


There’s nothing else to say about that one.  Just turn it up.  You’ll hear it.


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Song Stories: Wreckage

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Wreckage
The chorus of this tune is more of a desperation prayer than anything else.  “Please...I need a hand, I’m stuck in the recklessness where all of this began.”  When the melody first arrived for this one, I wasn’t quite sure where to go lyrically.  I kept seeing an image of a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean - mangled and destroyed by a severe storm.  Sometimes when those swells come at us, they leave pieces of the wreckage behind as reminders.  At times I feel like there’s no more room left on the inside for storing it all.  But without fail, I always manage to cram into whatever compartment is left  and allow it to find its place until it’s time to release and cut ties.  There’s a certain triumphant feeling in the music that rubs against the semi-defeated lyric nicely.  But in the end, the boat must be broken before it can be pieced back together and emerge from those depths as a stronger, steadier ship.


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Song Stories: Long Way Down

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Long Way Down
Just like the opener, "History," I knew this one was the closer for RECOIL immediately after we printed the final mix. It's an eerie melody written from the ledge. Sometimes we all are forced to stare into that dark abyss and take a good hard look into the Black. That last line of the chorus could be hope or could be fear...it's up to the individual. "Just one way out." 


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Song Stories: Show Me

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Show Me
This was the last one I wrote for the record.  It’s essentially a song about fear - no matter how irrational and out of hand it gets at times.  I was reading a book about codependency as I wrote this one and I think some of those thoughts and ideas spilled out onto the page without me being completely aware of it.  Giving love has never been a problem for me, but receiving it is an entirely different story.  We all have a hesitancy to fully expose ourselves, which tends to stem from the classic “if you truly knew me, you wouldn’t actually love me” complex.  We can’t fix one another, nor can we save anyone from themselves.  That concept has riddled me my whole life and has consistently left me with my face on the floor surrounded by question marks.  I think “Show Me” is simply a plea for someone to see it ALL and truly love and fully accept the good, the bad, and the ugly no matter the cost.  It doesn’t come naturally to most of us, but the need to give ourselves and others a little grace is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.  For me personally, it’s one of the many steps towards finding the freedom and peace I desperately search for.  Why not sing about it?



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