Shane O’Malley Firek, the single constant member of The Ferdy Mayne, is no stranger to adversity and the physical and spiritual journeys necessary to survive it. “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.”
His struggles with addiction and the freedom therefrom have fully informed his work, as well as his new hometown. “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.” The album’s first single, “Define My Name,” is a prime example–with its road-rambling rhythmic drive and its dusty twang, the sound of the single is the wide open west.