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THE ARTILLERY

Travis Tank

 

The Artillery is a four-piece band formed out of Round Rock, Texas. They have been together since 2000, playing shows regionally since 2002, and nationally since 2006. Hailing from a suburb of the ‘music capital of the world’, Chris Ellis, a swagger-savvy drummer, and Jonathan Macias, a natural born rocker, together were urged to start a rock band. After trying out several unfit candidates, they came across a talented voice that went by the name Dean Danger. Chris Reyes, another local artist, had proven to be the missing link needed in order to bring The Artillery to their full potential.

Now that they were fully staffed, they began to write songs that combined energetic guitar leads with catchy vocals. The Artillery recorded their debut E.P entitled ‘Fear is In’ with producer Paul Soroski, releasing it on June 24, 2007. Throughout ‘Fear is In’ there is a recurring theme of determination, strength through struggle, and an unwavering will to overcome any obstacles. The E.P serves as a hard-hitting introduction for a band destined for bigger things. Following the release they toured regionally making a name for themselves across the Lone Star state.

Shortly after ‘Fear is In’ was finished they continued writing relentlessly, in order to finish their first full-length album entitled ‘Kings of the World’. After 2 years in the making, ‘KOTW’ has a diverse blend of genres showcasing their ability to write songs that can appeal to anyone. ‘KOTW’ sends a message of breaking boundaries, getting out of monotonous situations, and exploring life on your own terms. After its release on June 26, 2009, their popularity only continued to soar, this time through the Internet, collectively selling over fifteen hundred albums on iTunes and other various online media retailers. The Artillery also reached the #14 spot out of thousands in an online battle to play at the Austin City Limits festival.

The Artillery has since self-recorded a new full-length concept album called ‘Lighthouse’. This album follows a man named David Archer, telling a harrowing tale of a man lost at sea, and shares in his attempt to find his way home; this story, like many others, has a variety of lessons and emotions up for interpretation by the audience. While every song lends itself to Archer’s story, The Artillery does not have any trouble standing alone and remaining enjoyable despite the context of the album. When listened to in its entirety ‘Lighthouse’ takes on you on an audible journey through the power of love, the hint of hope, and the trials Archer struggled through desperate to return home and continue his life where it left off. The Artillery strives for hope, not only in ‘Lighthouse’, but within their musical existence as well. ‘Lighthouse’ was released on August 24, 2012, and with it, The Artillery embarked on a new leg of their sole journey: to share the music they love to create with anyone they can.