Atmospheric indie rock duo from Greenville, SC consisting of Graham Peeples (guitar and vocals) and Nick Ilderton (drums and percussion). With extremely dynamic music, brutal honesty and intense shows the duo is quickly making a name for themselves in the southeast. The two both studied jazz for multiple years together which fueled their love for hidden complexities in their seemingly straight forward rock music. They do not shy away from making the audience feel the meaning of each of the songs at their shows, but at the end of the night there is something in the show for everyone.
Imagine if Coldplay’s energetic edge and skillful songwriting collided with the heart and honesty of Switchfoot. Wakeville is the aftermath of this combo. The Nashville based band leaves behind a trail of meaningful and life changing experiences cutting through the masks and shields that so many hide behind. With their honest and heartfelt songs, Wakeville uses their music as a platform to positively impact their listeners on and off stage.
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's uncontaminated by the industry," 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 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.”
LeAnder is an American alternative rock band from Nashville, Tennessee with a similar style to NeedToBreathe and Foo Fighters. Their live performance and energetic stage presence are truly inspiring and contagious. Always welcoming crowd participation, LeAnder is very tight rhythmically and delivers a Switchfoot and 30 Seconds To Mars influenced sound behind driving anthems and tasteful pop melodies. They met at MTSU, but didn’t establish the band until 2015. While navigating through difficult relationship and job circumstances, frontman Scott Anderle launched a successful kickstarter and brought on drummer Andrew Hall and bassist Logan Rhea to create LeAnder.
In 2016, they released their debut EP Invictus and toured across the Southeast playing several colleges and house shows. To keep their momentum running, LeAnder quickly dropped their sophomore EP, The Tension, and toured over 25 cities promoting the record. Most notably, LeAnder has collectively played with and opened for Framing Hanley, NeedToBreathe, Colton Dixon, We Are Messengers and Sent By Ravens. Several music industry blogs such as Alternative Press, MoviePilot, Neat Nashville, and I Am The Industry are talking about LeAnder’s recent success with The Tension and their music video Feel It In My Bones.
Currently, LeAnder is booking shows for their fall tour and songwriting with multiple artists for their 3rd project. Their music is available on Spotify and all other digital platforms.