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SHADOWBOXX New Orleans-based band Shadowboxx originally formed in June 2002 with Shane Russell (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Vincent Jarman (lead guitar, vocals), and Daryl Battaglia (drums) making up the initial line-up. With this line-up, the band recorded their first 3 song EP, tracking many of the bass lines via keyboard. Recognizing the need for a full time bassist to round out the band’s sound, Shadowboxx recruited veteran bassist Pete House in February 2003. They played their first gig as a full band later that month. Shadowboxx’s music demonstrates that they have developed a clear understanding of conventional pop song structures, and the importance of writing songs that are both catchy and melodic. The band’s alternative sound combines both acoustic and electric guitars with heavy rock rhythms and memorable, sincere lyrics. The unique combination of influences that can be heard in the band’s music includes Incubus, The Dave Matthews Band, Husker Du, and Stone Temple Pilots. In October 2003, Shadowboxx released their long-awaited debut album, What’s Inside. Shortly after releasing the album, the band’s following strengthened throughout the New Orleans area due to performances at diverse venues such as The Howlin’ Wolf, Tipitina’s, Twiropa, The State Palace Theatre, and the New Orleans Convention Center. In addition, the band’s popularity has spread regionally due to lively performances at such venues as The Blue Monkey Tavern in Monroe, LA, Upstairs Downstairs in Biloxi, MS, and Alligator Joe’s in Shreveport, LA. In April 2004, Shadowboxx won the first round in the “A Shot At The Cabo Wabo” band search at the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, TN. In a competition that originally began with approximately 8,000 applications, Shadowboxx has made it to the final 60 bands in the country.
Shane Russell (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
1. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when not practicing and performing in Shadowboxx? “Almost all my free time is spent writing songs because that’s what moves me. Sometimes in order to capture a feeling you want to catch it right then and there because it can leave you that fast.”
2. How do you perceive yourself vocally and where could you improve? “I feel I’ve come a long way in terms of both endurance and range over time, and can go even further. To improve, I’ve recently tried doing a few more tricks with my voice to add some more creativity to the mix.”
3. Who are some of your favorite singers currently? “Lately, I’ve started listening to Jason Mraz quite a bit. He almost never seems to miss a note. I also respect the diversity that Brandon Boyd of Incubus incorporates into his songs.”
4. What advice would you give a youngster about reaching his or her dreams and aspirations? “If you think you know what you want to do, close your eyes and go at it full speed. I’ve learned not to dwell upon the past or the future. It takes hard work and isn’t always easy. It’s important to believe in yourself and develop a good supporting cast.”
5. Do you have any other talents that many of your fans don’t know about? “Farting…because I’m damn good at it.”
Vincent Jarman (lead guitar, vocals)
1. What was the first song you ever learned on guitar? “’Day Tripper’ by The Beatles. As I started playing, I always admired George Harrison’s ability to pair the perfect riff and timing with the right song.”
2. What are some of your favorite albums? The Beatles - “Abbey Road,” The Refreshments – “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy,” Nelly Furtado – “Whoa, Nelly,” Jack Johnson – “On and On,” Led Zeppelin – “IV,” Incubus – “Make Yourself,” Norah Jones – “Norah Jones,” Blink 182 – “Enema of the State,” Stone Temple Pilots – “Purple,” The Used – “The Used,” Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”
3. What is in your CD player right now? Alien Ant Farm – “Truant” & Fingertight “In the Name of Progress”
4. If you could have any singer’s voice, whose would it be? “Chris Cornell because of his melodic and powerful voice”
5. If you had a lifetime supply of beer, which would you likely choose and why? “Miller Lite. I do like some dark beers, but if it was going to be a lifetime supply I’d probably gain the least amount of weight with Miller Lite.”
Pete House (bass guitar)
1. What made you want to start playing music at age 10 in Buffalo, New York? “As a kid growing up in the late 70’s, KISS inspired me to want to learn to play music and become a performer.”
2. Once you started playing bass, which bassists did you really admire? “Starting out at that time, I was heavily influenced by Geddy Lee of Rush. I also learned a great deal from my teacher Billy Sheehan, who later played with David Lee Roth’s solo band and Mr. Big.”
3. If you could change anything about your life today, what would it be? “I’d still have hair, but once I started going bald I decided to shave it. I’d also like to not have to work a day job so that I could play music all day.”
4. In a couple of words, how would those who know you best likely describe you? “Persistent and dedicated”
5. If you could go out with one famous person for a day, who would it be? “Angelina Jolie...she seems crazy, it would make an interesting day.
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