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Me and My Arrow

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF
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"Grog Shop, Cleveland OH"

They’re not quite Polyphonic Spree huge, but the Minneapolis 10-piece band Me & My Arrow are definitely going to strain the boundaries of the Grog’s generously large stage. The simultaneously rootsy and orchestral band’s name is nicked from a Harry Nillson song, and though their music is a bit darker, they’re still true to that influence: there are soaring vocals. There are string arrangements. And superb songcraft? Oh, god yeah. Their live set is very well-reviewed, and we’re looking forward to seeing how true the hype is. - Grogshop.gs - grogshop.gs


"CSU Cauldron, Cleveland OH"

KILLSTRING'S PICK: 10/27 Me And My Arrow w/Craig Ramsey, Adam Barrow @ Grog Shop Doubtlessly, there are some fantastic options this week, most of which revolve around some manner of All Hallow's spookiness. So why is it that out of all these high-profile acts, I'm recommending some relatively unknown indie band from Minnesota? Frankly, because they're awesome. Take 10 people, throw them up onstage with a variety of instruments ranging from vintage synths to a cello, and watch them go nuts on some Kings-of-Leon-style epic, slightly rootsy rock? And then you're only going to charge me six bucks? Hell, I'd pay that just to see how they squeeze everybody on the Grog's stage. - http://www.csucauldron.com/ - www.csucauldron.com


"City Pages Write Up"

With a name straight out of an early '70s children's cartoon and songs that carry a distinct air of whimsy and reckless abandon, there's a good chance that audience members at Me and My Arrow's show Saturday night will be left smiling and shaking their heads. The mammoth nine-piece band, including guitars, accordions, synths, and strings, will cram onto the tiny stage at the Entry to pummel the audience with their overwhelming, orchestral rock--think a slightly smaller, less cultish version of the Polyphonic Spree. - Andrea Swensson, City Pages Music Editor


"Twin Cities Decider"

Borrowing liberally from the bombastic Brit-rock playbook, then bathing it in luxurious string arrangements, local nine-piece Me And My Arrow commands attention whenever it takes the stage. Leading the epic charge is former Seldomseen frontman and current Ice Palace guitarist and Sound Gallery Studios co-owner Jacob Grun, whose theatrically inclined tenor is perfectly tailored to scale the mountainous sonic backdrops erected by his bevy of bandmates. It’s a larger-than-average group with a larger-than-average sound, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it graduate to larger-than-average stages as well. - The Onion, Rob Van Alstyne


"Interview with Jacob Grun"

By Rob Van Alstyne April 24, 2009
Borrowing liberally from the bombastic Brit-rock playbook, then bathing it in luxurious string arrangements, local nine-piece Me And My Arrow commands attention whenever it takes the stage. Leading the epic charge is former Seldomseen frontman and current Ice Palace guitarist and Sound Gallery Studios co-owner Jacob Grun, whose theatrically inclined tenor is perfectly tailored to scale the mountainous sonic backdrops erected by his bevy of bandmates. Grun talked with Decider in advance of Me And My Arrow’s April 25 Turf Club release show for its debut EP.

Decider: Was it your intention to forming such a big band?
Jacob Grun: Surprisingly, I always had a lot of players in mind when I was writing these songs, even though I was alone while writing. They were definitely written for a big sound. I knew I wanted a string section, and multiple keyboards. At the time, it was a few winters ago, and I was living at The Sound Gallery, which is sort of this big barren warehouse and recording studio. There would be long stretches of time where no one was around and all I could hear were muffled city noises. It was just this big empty space meant to be used for music creation, so I really wanted to fill it up as much as possible.
D: How did you track down all the players?
JG: Well, a number of the people I had played in groups with before. Brian [McDonough, guitarist] is someone I met in the last couple of years and knew I wanted to start a project with. He’s a key contributor who is co-writing a lot of the songs now. There were a few random folks that came into the fold because we just needed a certain player, but it was all pretty natural. It’s actually not too hard coordinating schedules. Everyone feels like they play an important role and are equally invested in the songs. They want to show up and give it their all, and I think, if anything, because there are more of us, no one wants to be the individual that lets others down.
D: Do you all manage to fit in one van? Starting a nine-piece band and going on tour, as Me And My Arrow has done twice, would appear to be a logistical nightmare for an independent band just starting out.
JG: For the trip we just did down to Austin for SXSW, it was the whole band in one van plus a sound guy and merch girl. We had an attached trailer for our gear. We spent multiple nights with 11 of us sleeping at a truck stop too. I was a little worried about how it would affect band morale, but everybody was great.
D: What’s the hardest part about leading the group if it’s not logistics?
JG: Just teaching the band the songs. Once that part is down, it’s all pretty easy. People in the band are really great about making suggestions and tweaking their parts. We’ve figured out a way to share space musically that comes naturally. It’s always changing, and that’s part of the fun. I do have to facilitate a bit, but I’m definitely not the dictator telling people what to play. Most of the time, I can sit there and have a few beers and chill while people figure out their parts.
D: You’ve set yourself apart locally by working on so many different fronts: studio owner, musician, and live sound engineer. Do you ever feel like you risk burnout by constantly tackling so many different projects?
JG: I thrive on helping people create music in whatever way I can identify. It just feels like it’s my natural place to help—whether that’s writing songs with someone or engineering their record or making sure they're comfortable performing onstage while I’m doing sound. I’m always working, so there is that burnout risk, but I don’t really have a choice because if I’m going to attempt making music for a living, I have to say "yes" to every situation. Every "no" is just a missed opportunity. Eventually if you say "yes" enough times, there are enough good opportunities coming your way that you get to pick and choose more, and I feel like I’m starting to get to that place.
D: Your MySpace page calls Me And My Arrow a “collective,” and it sounds like the long-term vision for the project extends beyond just supporting your own songs.
JG: Definitely. Ideally, Me And My arrow will become a machine that can back anybody’s songs. We have a couple of things in the works with people like Astronautalis and other songwriters. I honestly wouldn’t mind if there were moments where it existed and toured and I wasn’t even there. I think that adds a sense of mystery. We’re just kind of getting our feet wet now, but my ultimate goal is to get a lot of people involved and create a "Broken Social Scene Presents" sort of situation.

http://twincities.decider.com/articles/interview-jacob-grun-of-me-and-my-arrow,27052/
- The Onion, Rob Van Alstyne


"EP Release Review"

Me and My Arrow, the best (admittedly perhaps only) 9-piece rock ‘n’ roll band on the local circuit have been making waves on area stages and multiple national tours for nearly a year without any permanent audio document to their name—a problem remedied after tonight’s EP release show. At four songs the EP’s the ultimate tease—just long enough to let you know their anglophile string drenched dramatics are for real, but far too short to leave one fully sated.

http://twincities.metromix.com/music/indie/me-and-my-arrow-midway/1099518/content
- Twin Cities Metromix


"Show Write Up"

Fresh off a recent East Coast tour, locals Me and My Arrow (featuring former Seldomseen front man Jacob Grun) continue to impress in live performance as they put the finishing touches on their debut album. The group’s sound is as dramatically sweeping as its gargantuan numbers would suggest – they’re possibly the only nine piece band currently rocking tiny local stages. Two demos of their string and keyboard abetted grandeur are currently spinning over at their MySpace and should more than suffice to whet your appetite for their gig... - Rob Van Alstyne - Metromix


"Review after first show"

This is an amazing large group with much potential, using big soaring vocals, heavy strings and layers of guitar and percussion that may bring to mind other large groups like Arcade Fire (in scale, and big sound) yet darker, more psychedelic remniscent of: Pink Floyd, maybe Sonic Youth, a little bit Velvet Underground.

http://cyncollins.blogspot.com/2008/02/valentines-theatrical-shows-ice-puppets.html
- Cyn Collins, February 16, 2008


"EP Release Preview"

There's been a lot of talk about the size of local band Me & My Arrow, but it's warranted, since there are only a small handful of Minneapolis stages that can accommodate them comfortably. They've recently trimmed down from nine members to a relatively lean seven, but in order to pull off the anthemic, heavily layered sound that's become the band's stock-in-trade, the largeness is a necessity rather than overkill. Just the coordination involved in this mini-orchestra should tell you that M&MA are ambitious enough to stand on equal footing with more established projects, and with the release of their debut LP they'll take a major stab at attracting the kind of attention that could transform the band into the nationally recognized indie darlings they deserve to be. That the band's tour concludes with this hometown show at the not-long-for-this-world Uptown Bar could prove to be fitting, as the decline of one Minneapolis mainstay could signal the rise of another. - City Pages, Ian Traas


Discography

Demo (Single) - OBLIO / s.m.t.r.m.

EP I - Released: April 25, 2009
EP II - Released: October 28, 2009
EP III - Coming August 27, 2010

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"There's been a lot of talk about the size of local band Me & My Arrow, but it's warranted, since there are only a small handful of Minneapolis stages that can accommodate them comfortably. They've recently trimmed down from nine members to a relatively lean seven, but in order to pull off the anthemic, heavily layered sound that's become the band's stock-in-trade, the largeness is a necessity rather than overkill. Just the coordination involved in this mini-orchestra should tell you that M&MA are ambitious enough to stand on equal footing with more established projects, and with the release of their debut LP they'll take a major stab at attracting the kind of attention that could transform the band into the nationally recognized indie darlings they deserve to be. That the band's tour concludes with this hometown show at the not-long-for-this-world Uptown Bar could prove to be fitting, as the decline of one Minneapolis mainstay could signal the rise of another." -- Ian Traas, City Pages

"This is the best live show i have seen on tour: 8 people, all singing at once, playing the hell out of their respective instruments, while being crammed onto the small stage at the Doublewide in Dallas...i had goosebumps the whole time. When they were all singing "Yard Dog" at once...i almost blew up. I love this band. I love their music. I love their show. I love all of the members. If there is any justice in the world...i will get to play more shows with them and maybe one day...make music with them. Minneapolis never fails to provide great music and great people...god damn right." - Andy Bothwell (Astronautalis), modelcitizens.org

"Borrowing liberally from the bombastic Brit-rock playbook, then bathing it in luxurious string arrangements, local nine-piece Me And My Arrow commands attention whenever it takes the stage. Leading the epic charge is former Seldomseen frontman and current Ice Palace guitarist and Sound Gallery Studios co-owner Jacob Grun, whose theatrically inclined tenor is perfectly tailored to scale the mountainous sonic backdrops erected by his bevy of bandmates. It’s a larger-than-average group with a larger-than-average sound, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it graduate to larger-than-average stages as well." - Rob Van Alstyne, Twin Cities Decider

"With a name straight out of an early '70s children's cartoon and songs that carry a distinct air of whimsy and reckless abandon, there's a good chance that audience members at Me and My Arrow's show Saturday night will be left smiling and shaking their heads. The mammoth nine-piece band, including guitars, accordions, synths, and strings, will cram onto the tiny stage at the Entry to pummel the audience with their overwhelming, orchestral rock--think a slightly smaller, less cultish version of the Polyphonic Spree." - Andrea Swensson, City Pages Music Editor

"I spend a lot of time in bars watching bands play and these guys were the best band I’ve seen in weeks. Find them on myspace and facebook and get to know them and start listening to them." Craig Drehmel, Pabst Blue Ribbon

"Not my best pictures, but this show was pretty amazing..." - Posted by cristabell at 3:17 PM

"This is an amazing large group with much potential, using big soaring vocals, heavy strings and layers of guitar and percussion that may bring to mind other large groups like Arcade Fire (in scale, and big sound) yet darker, more psychedelic remniscent of: Pink Floyd, maybe Sonic Youth, a little bit Velvet Underground." - Cyn Collins

"I had been hearing about the band (Me and My Arrow) for quite some time, but this was my first experience catching them live. I was particularly impressed by the energy raised by their constant motion on-stage lending even more enjoyment to their sweeping and dramatic orchestral, power-pop sound." - David De Young, Howwastheshow.com

"With a distinct sound, heartfelt and powerful, this rock band easily stands out from the pack." - Dwight Hobbes Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"Comprised of eight members, Me and My Arrow is a full sounding experimental band from Minneapolis. This band is very loud and full of energy. Pouring their energy into their music and live performances is one of many great aspects of this musically ambitious band. When all of the members are on stage playing the caboose out of their instrument and singing at the top of their lungs, it is hard not to get goose bumps." - Blue Devil Productions, UW Stout

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/meandmyringostarr

Me and My Arrow members cover George Harrison with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses!

Ben has recorded a cover of George Harrison's "Your Love is Forever" with the help of Minneapolis-based musicians Jacob Grun (Me and My Arrow), Scott McVeigh (Speed's the Name), and Jeff Marcovis (Me and My Arrow.) The song appears on a compilation entitled Sweetheart, featuring artists' renditions of their favorite love songs. Sweetheart is out on Janua