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Archive for February, 2011

ReachFM Top 30: WAKE US UP

Reach FM has added “Wake Us Up” into regular rotation, and its climbing their charts. #22 right now, between David Crowder Band and Third Day (not bad company). We’re really grateful to God for the way He’s blessing us!

You might not be aware but its very hard for an independent band like Reilly to get played regularly on Christian radio. Look over every other artist on this chart and you’ll notice they’re supported by a record label.

Want to hear more Reilly on the radio?

If the station you love and listen to already plays Reilly let them know you appreciate it! Thank them. Ask them to keep playing us.

If your Christian radio station hasn’t picked up on Reilly yet consider contacting them and requesting “Wake Us Up.” The folks there really do care about what you like. They get tons of songs from labels and bands alike, but at the end of the day its you they are seeking to serve with their ministry. Your voice matters.

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Go Green, or Go Home

Have you noticed the packaging on Reilly’s most recent album, Around the World, is recyclable and biodegradable? Our disc manufacturer, Oasis, noticed and asked if they could use Reilly to promote their zero carbon footprint digipak.

Personally, I (Matthew) don’t like jewel cases and have never used them when designing Reilly’s albums. Sure, jewel cases are the cheapest option but they’re overused, easily breakable, and not friendly to the environment. As a graphic designer I’m particularly sensitive to the overused part. I mean, who wants their stuff to look like everything else? Not me.

I’m also aware that God has given us a unique care-taking role in the earth. In Genesis 1:28 God tells mankind to “fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Creation plays a unique role in communicating God’s glory. Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

To the extent we seek to care for the earth we fulfill our original creation mandate and seek to not obscure God’s glory communicated through His handiwork.

I’m sure there’s a lot more we could be doing as a band. Reilly spends a huge amount of time driving around the country in a van, so we’re spreading plenty of carbon in other ways! Still, the packaging on “Around the World” is just one small step we wanted to take.

What are some steps you’ve taken to be more green? Please share!

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We’re coming at you with new shows in the new year. Join us starting this Saturday night as our tour continues in Philadelphia, PA. We’ll be doing several shows with TimBeTold who are an amazing band. They’ve got soul and put together great jams.

For a complete list of dates, go to www.reillytheband.com/tour

February Shows:

Feb 5 – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 11 – Richmond, VA
Feb 12 – Baltimore, MD
Feb 17 – Lancaster, PA

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