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Local band from Lawrence High releases politically-charged music video

Monday, April 1, 2019

Jacob McQuade |

The ArsonistsThe Arsonists sparked a fire with their new music video featuring commentary on school shootings.

Hailing from Lawrence High School, The Arsonists is a band composed of a group of sophomores. The current band is Aden Smith on the drums, Jaxon Ray on the keys and accordion, Giovanni Ventello on guitar and vocals, and Giovanni Lule-Paredes on bass.

For the band's most recent song, "Alex," which also features fellow student Sadie Capps, the music video is filmed in black-and-white and features a school undergoing a lockdown situation during a lyrically implied school shooting. While the band plays in the gym, students hide under desks in classrooms and bathroom stalls, following procedure.

Jacob Schermerhorn, a University of Kansas junior from Wamego studying film and media, directed “Alex” with the goal of... Read more



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