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Huffington Post Premieres New Video from Rock Band The Riflery; Inspirations Include Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind
(Published: February 01, 2016)

For Immediate Release                                                                                              
January 29, 2016

Huffington Post Premieres New Video from Rock Band The Riflery; Inspirations Include Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind

"'Getting There' is for the boys who were told they weren't tough enough, the girls who were told they weren't pretty enough, the parents who were told they didn't make enough money, and anyone else who has ever felt like they aren't enough"

American rock band The Riflery continues to earn meaningful coverage for their debut EP, ‘Falcon'.  Huffington Post Exclusively Premiered their first-ever music video, for the powerful track ‘Getting There'. Lead vocalist and songwriter Shannon McArthur describes the song as being "for the boys who were told they weren't tough enough, the girls who were told they weren't pretty enough, the parents who were told they didn't make enough money, and anyone else who has ever felt like they aren't enough"

Inspired by Tom Petty and Third Eye Blind, and with a sound that evokes Jack's Mannequin, Augustana, The Script and Jimmy Eat World, The Riflery aims to tackle life's ‘big questions', as articulated by McArthur in interviews, below.

HUFFINGTON POST - Exclusive Video Premiere
1/22/16, by Michael Ragogna


McArthur shared these thoughts with HuffPost:
"In my 29 years of life, I have learned that comparison is the thief of all peace. 'Getting There' is a song for anyone who has ever fallen victim to this. Every person has a specific path, which may not always make sense to others, but it doesn't need to. 'Getting There' is for the boys who were told they weren't tough enough, the girls who were told they weren't pretty enough, the parents who were told they didn't make enough money, and anyone else who has ever felt like they aren't enough. As John Milton states, 'The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.' Nobody is 'there' and the sooner we recognize this, the sooner we can celebrate the moments we live in. In terms of how the song came about, I co-wrote it with my good friend, Krista Angelucci. We were originally trying to write a song for her to use on her upcoming album, but in the personal struggles I was dealing with at the time, the words and melody just kind of fell out and turned into what the song is now. Though I had originally planned on releasing it on my solo acoustic album, I later decided it would do the song more justice to release it as a full band song. I am so incredibly thankful for each and every member of The Riflery. We just got back from our first tour together, and we closed every show with 'Getting There.' The song wouldn't have near the power it has now, if it was me playing it by myself on an acoustic guitar. I'm very happy with how things have gone with the band so far."

VENTS MAGAZINE - Interview and song premiere
11.23.15 by RJ Frometa

Hi Shannon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks! I've been very tired, but in a good way. After putting so much work into finishing these songs, it feels awesome to finally be getting them out into the world.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track "You"?
I wrote it with my buddy P.J. Pacifico a little over a year ago. It was always fun to play in an acoustic setting, but I had trouble figuring out a good production arrangement for it. As a result, it just sat on the shelf until sometime last year when P.J. and I ended up in LA at the same time. I had flown in from Nashville to produce another artist's record, and he had flown in from the east coast for co-writes. We ended up meeting at my buddy Andrew Dixon's studio in Tarzana, and recorded rough acoustics and vocals to the song. Andrew took those rough recordings and demoed a completely new rendition of the song. It was the same chords and melody, but more rock. The new arrangement was based around an opening riff Andrew came up with, which injected a new-found energy into the song, and I loved it! It was very Gin Blossoms meets Anberlin... two bands I love. Then I brought the song to Aaron Sprinkle to produce the final version, which was an awesome experience. Having the combination of Andrew's riff arrangement (we still used the original recording of the riff he played in the Tarzana Studio) and Aaron's precision and energy, we were able to make it into what it now is.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
I know it's happened to me, and I think anyone can relate to the experience. You know the one when you've been trying to get over someone who didn't want to be with you, and when you finally start making progress moving on, they start coming back. The song is a response to that particular situation, but it's not meant to be a yelling-at-someone, angry type vibe. I've never really enjoyed that type of music. It's supposed to be more along the lines of saying "This is really hard for me, what are you doing?".
The single comes off your new EP Falcon - what´s the story behind the title?
About a week before band member, Sam Bowler, moved to Nashville to help me start the band, I was getting really hyped about finally getting to make a band happen. I had been working with Aaron as co-producer on albums for other artists that summer, and I had noticed how much thicker tones his guitars had. I have no idea whether I was right on this or not, but I attributed it to having thicker gauge strings. After this, I brought my guitar into Eastside Music Supply and said "Put the biggest strings possible on this guy", and then I started calling the guitar "The Falcon". After awhile, I started using the word "falcon" on tons of things. Then I was using it as a verb saying things like "I think we should ‘falcon' this chorus right here". Funny enough all band members usually know what I mean when I use the term, and a lot of them use it themselves. I think it just signifies a level of intensity we want the music to go to. There is a lot of "falcon" in this first record, so that's what we named it.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was awesome! There were a lot of people involved, and everybody contributed something really special. I wrote "Getting There" with Krista Angelucci, "Either Way" with Caitlin Linney", "Leaves" with Jeremy Lister and Nicole Johnson, and "You" with P.J. Pacifico and Andrew Dixon. It's funny because all these songs came out of my first year in Nashville, trying to figure out if I could adapt to the songwriter scene. I never knew these tunes would be turned into a band project, but I am so glad that it happened that way. Production-wise, I recorded "Getting There" with Josh Crosby, "Either Way" and "Leaves" with Thomas Doeve, and "You" with Aaron Sprinkle and Andrew Dixon. Everyone brought a different element that the songs needed. One thing Aaron told me is that it's often best to let the SONG tell YOU what it wants, and I feel like that was reflected very well throughout the record. Jon Kaplan mixed everything to help tie it all together, and I am so glad that I brought him on board for that because he did an incredible job.
What experiences and struggles were your focus on this album?
"You" and "Either Way" both paint pictures of relationship struggles, while "Leaves" illustrates a struggle of reaching for moments in the past that have already moved by. "Getting There' is the response... Life is a battle, and it's not easy, but we get to choose how to respond to that. That's the main idea I want to get across with the album.
What role would you say Tom Petty and Third Eye Blind play on the band´s music?
I believe that the best art comes from vulnerability, and both of these artists have done that very well. In regard to Tom Petty, "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Learning to Fly" always stood out to me and inspired me to be honest with my lyrics. I have a lot of stories with Third Eye Blind. I got their self titled album in 5th grade, and it was my first album I ever had. I used to go on night bike rides back in college at Chapel Hill, listening to "Motorcycle Drive By" and "God of Wine". One time I tried to crowd surf to "Motorcycle Drive By" at their concert, and I ended up getting dropped on a bottle and rushed out in an ambulance. Yeah, that wasn't the best. Probably the most influential of their albums for me is "Out of the Vein", again because of the honesty of it's lyrics. As an artist, it's your job to tell everyone the truth... not the thing you want them to believe is the truth. Stephan Jenkins does this really well.
How has the Nashville scene influenced the band?
I'm confident that there wouldn't be a band, if I hadn't moved to Nashville. I've been able to meet so many incredible mentors and members of bands that I grew up listening to here. As an artist, there are a lot of times when it's hard to know why you're still doing it. Then you get a pat on the back from someone you've looked up to since you were a kid, and it gives you that extra energy to get back at it. I feel incredibly blessed by the community I've experienced here.
What else is happening next in The Riflery´s world?
Album two is yet to be named, but I am pumped about getting to write it with the band. Each member is going to bring something new to the project. Both Jonny (bass) and Jordan (drums) write a lot, and it will be cool to have songs from different instrument perspectives. Shanan (lead guitar) and Sam (piano/vocals) have written together for a long time, and I believe that they are going to introduce a lot of new elements to the project. I'm pumped.

ELMORE EXCLUSIVE: Song Premiere From Nashville's the Riflery- "Getting There"

Singer-songwriter Shannon McArthur, of Nashville's the Riflery, considers Tom Petty and Third Eye Blind to be among his influences. His band also evokes Jack's Mannequin, Augustana, The Script and Jimmy Eat World. McArthur, now 28-years-old, has been in the music industry for several years. It was sheer serendipity, though, that brought him to fellow band member Sam Bowler two years ago in San Francisco. Together with Jordan Fitzsimmons, Jonny Riggs and Shanan Lau, they formed the Riflery.
Their upcoming EP includes "Getting There", a powerful rock and roll track referencing McArthur's struggles with faith. Instead of letting the struggle dominate and confuse him, McArthur instead decided to turn it into something beautiful. "That song is very largely about a struggle with God that I've experienced since my time in Nashville," he has said. "I wrote it with a good friend, Krista Angelucci. We were initially trying to write a song for her album, and then "Getting There" just kinda fell out into the artistic atmosphere."
The Riflery's debut, four-song EP, Falcon, will be out soon. For more info on upcoming tour dates (Jan 7th - The Vinyl - Atlanta, GA, Jan 9th - The Pour House- Raleigh, NC, Jan 13th - Pianos - New York, NY), visit the band's website .

Shannon McArthur comments:
"From a young age, I have struggled with restlessness. As a child, they attributed it to ADD, and maybe that is it, but I've always thought it was something more. I believe that every man struggles with the big questions of life... "Who are we?" "Why were we put on Earth?" "Is there a God?" "If so, what is his purpose for me?" I started seriously thinking about these things around age 18, and the struggle has not stopped. After 10 years of this wrestle, I finally came to the realization that I can take this struggle and choose to let it dominate and confuse me, or I can take it and make it into something beautiful. That is what The Riflery is for me. It is all my struggles and emotions converted into song. It originally started with me making an acoustic EP of songs, but by the time I was ready to release the record, I realized that I wanted a more band/rather than acoustic, sound. I wanted the sound of other musicians throwing themselves into the songs, so I decided to release the other songs as a solo record and then got to work on recording these other songs to make EP 1, "Falcon."

AXS/EXAMINER - Exclusive Interview, Song/Video Premiere  By Laurie Fanelli 11//15 FULL INTERVIEW VIA LINK BELOW!
Exclusive video premiere and Q&A with Shannon McArthur of The Riflery
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWCr5jLD7ZE

In addition to McArthur on lead vocals, The Riflery features musician/singer Sam Bowler, drummer Jordan Fitzsimmons, bassist Jonny Riggs, and lead guitarist Shanan Lau. Their four song EP is anchored by ‘Getting There', a powerful rock track about McArthur's struggle with faith, as he references above. Another highlight, ‘Either Way', chronicles a relationship in crisis. ‘Leaves' and ‘You' round out the band's debut. Shannon McArthur cites Third Eye Blind and Tom Petty among his influences, and is able to walk the line between understated acoustic tracks and full-band rock songs.
More about The Riflery:
Beyond the Nashville skyline and away from the bustle of Broadway, over the Cumberland River that splits the city in two, and into the East, Shannon McArthur sits across from a 24-year-old musician from Homer, Alaska - Sam Bowler. Two years of phone conversations about "Joshua Tree", "Battle Born", and God has finally materialized.

Shannon McArthur, now 28-years-old, has been around the industry for several years now. His experiences, for better and for worse, have revealed music to hold something completely different, but significantly more valuable than anything he was ever looking for.

Rewind two years, and in what can only be characterized as sheer serendipity, Sam and Shannon met each other in San Francisco, California. Neither had been acquainted, nor knew the other existed, but were nonetheless introduced at a mutual friend's party. "I thought he was either completely nuts or the most genuine person I had ever met," Sam laughs. "He had just had his credit card stolen and both of us were strapped for cash, so we just talked about music." Both cannot help but laugh at the absurdity of it all as they lean back and lose themselves in reminiscence. "I guess he was the latter."

"There's definitely a strength in numbers that has taken place, Sam brings only the purest elements to the table. He doesn't really know how to care about what people or the industry thinks, I'm definitely ok with that..." Shannon explains. "His perspective is different than mine, yet bizarrely the same, as if it's the same message, but written in a different language."

Together with Jordan Fitzsimmons, Jonny Riggs and Shanan Lau, they form The Riflery, a name that Shannon has been embracing for some time. "Every man struggles with the big questions of life... How did we end up here? For what purpose? You can choose to let questions like this weigh you down, or you can focus your thoughts into something beautiful that resonates with those in the same struggle. This is what the Riflery is for me."


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