Ryan Neff of Miss May I interview
Road weary metal warriors, Miss May I, spent the first part of the Frozen Flames Tour with August Burns Red, Northlane, Fit For a King, and Erra, toiling through oppressively bad weather. By the time they reached the Pacific Northwest they were feeling the rigors of the road. That, however, did not stop the band from giving fans 100+% when they took the stage.
The Ohio metalcore quintet is currently on a U.S. run in support of 2014’s hugely successful fourth studio release, Rise of the Lion. The album has already spawned the hits, “Gone”, “Hero with No Name” and “Echoes”, and landed in the Top 10 on three US music charts.
Formed in 2007 in Troy, Ohio, Miss May I released its debut album, Apologies Are for the Weak in 2009. The debut line-up of frontman Levi Benton, bassist and clean vocalist Ryan Neff, drummer Jerod Boyd, and guitarists B.J. Stead and Justin Aufdenkampe remains the same to this day. While Neff took a brief hiatus in the band’s earliest years, he has been back in the fold since 2009. Since then the band released three more records; Monument in 2010, At Heart in 2012, and Rise of the Lion last year. The latter showcasing the band’s evolution and growth.
During the Mayhem Festival tour in 2014, Metalholic sat down with vocalist Levi Benton to chat about the new record. This month we caught up with Ryan Neff, to get his take on the current tour, Rise of the Lion, working with producer Terry Date, and what fans might expect for Miss May I‘s fifth studio album. Neff also chats about the band’s expanded use of vocals, and he reveals which Pantera song he would love to cover.