Andrea and Pete Connolly met in Chapel Hill, NC in 2006. Andrea was recording and performing as a solo singer/songwriter and Pete was fronting a local rock band. When they found each other, their artistic and personal lives collided and formed the songwriting partnership that is Birds and Arrows. In 2007 they released two critically acclaimed EPs, "Self-titled" and "Woodgrain Heart". They went on to release 4 full length records. "Starmaker" 2009, "We're Gonna Run" 2011, "Coyotes" 2013 and "Edge Of Everything" in 2015. On both "Coyotes" and "Edge of Everything" they collaborated with Chris Stamey of The dB's and Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five. In addition to their full length records, they also released a holiday EP "Holiday Forever" which includes songs featured on compilations with Wilco, Big Star, The dB's, Yo La Tengo, Whiskeytown and more....
On new years day 2016 the couple officially relocated from Durham, NC to the magical town of Tucson, AZ.
In 2017 the band released a new single "Stay Down" which hits you in the face with raw, white knuckle, rock and roll muscle. The song has an urgent energy that makes you want to grip the steering wheel and floor it.
The video for their newly released single "Stay Down" was created by Brooklyn based videographer Andrew Ellmaker and screen writer Emily Ragsdale and is set in the heart of the Tucson Mountains. It features the couple surrounded by desert dogs which all seem to be captivated by the sounds they hear swirling through the desert valley. Banjo, the most famous dog "actor" in the video, was featured in an Episode of "Breaking Bad".
How Birds and Arrows landed in Tucson:
On a cross country tour in support of their 2015 album "Edge of Everything" the band passed through Tucson, AZ and were deeply connected and drawn to the beauty of the Sonoran desert and the creative energy of the city....this would be their next adventure.
After visiting Tucson, they decided to shake up their lives physically and creatively by moving cross country to a new town and start fresh. They pulled into Tucson on New Years Eve 2016 and began a new life in the desert southwest.
Since the move west in early 2016 the band has been busy writing, recording and touring. The couple had no trouble finding an abundance of creative inspiration in the rugged and unfamiliar desert surroundings. Birds and Arrows' new music reflects the exciting, vibrant and raw energy they've drawn from the strange and amazing place that is Tucson.
Birds and Arrows' visual art:
The Connollys have also been busy as artists and illustrators. They illustrated a series of children's books in 2013 for a Baltimore based non-profit. These books went on to be used as learning tools in inner city schools in places like St. Louis, New Orleans and of course Baltimore. Pete has illustrated two published tarot decks, "The Connolly Tarot" and "Feng Shui Deck". The couple have designed countless logos, brands and album covers for fellow musicians and small businesses...including t-shirt, album art and logo design for bands like Ben Folds Five, Justin Robinson of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. And Pete's paintings have been featured in major network TV shows and was recently commissioned by Universal in Los Angeles.
Andrea and Pete Connolly have established an imaginative brand for their artistic and musical creations that is uniquely Birds and Arrows
"Stay Down" single was recorded by: Gabriel Sullivan at Dust and Stone Studio and included special Tucson musical guests Katie Haverly on backing vocals and Ben Nisbet on screaming electric lead guitar. Read more about the new single and the video's premier through Tucson's Meow Meow Media.
"Edge of Everything" 2015 was produced and recorded by: Chris Stamey of the dB's and Birds and Arrows.
That record includes a wonderful cast of NC musicians:
Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five : bass
Matt Douglas of The Mountain Goats : sax
Skylar Gudasz : vocals and flute
Eric Haugen of Swedish Fish : guitar and pedal steel
Kyra Moore Holt of Sweet By & By : banjo and fiddle
Jonathan Durlam of Graveyard Fields : guitar
Roger Gupton : bass
Omar Ruiz-Lopez: fiddle
Songs from the couple have also been included on compilations with Jeff Tweedy, Big Star, Yo La Tengo and Ryan Adams' Whiskeytown.
"Birds and Arrows reflects a self-assurance that results in strong songwriting and inventive arrangements" ~ Chris Conaton of Pop Matters
"There is a violent tension in the moniker Birds and Arrows, but the music that Pete and Andrea Connolly craft, spins friction away from brutality and into elegant, elemental heights." ~ Ashley Melzer - Paste Magazine
"The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim."~ Frank Stasio of NPRs The State of Things
"Birds and Arrows are overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance. Andrea and Pete sing together as if the Everly Bros. had joined Fleetwood Mac which doesn't hurt at all! If the Devil is in the details, then watch what you wish for around Birds & Arrows"~ Chris Stamey of The dB's
"Andrea's voice cuts right to my heart each and every time. Their music so lush, really creates some beautiful energy" ~ Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Web design by Andrea Connolly of Birds and Arrows
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