Revivalists frontman David Shaw broached the subject in an email statement also reported by Billboard. “’Shoot You Down' is a song that was written straight from the heart earlier this year. It's an anti-gun violence song meant to bring awareness to a very serious and increasing issue that we currently have in this country. We believe that music has the power to change minds and lives. This is our pledge to survivors and victims. We love you and we are with you."
The single is being released as a side A song on a limited-edition orange and yellow 7-inch vinyl. Orange has been a symbolic color for gun violence prevention since 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in a Chicago Park in 2013. Her friends started wearing orange in her memory following her tragic death. The B side of the single contains The Revivalists’ single “You and I,” which was reportedly a fan-favorite song at live shows. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Take Good Care, which is due to drop on Nov. 9.
Sales of the vinyl singles will take place exclusively at independent record stores around the country with all proceeds directly going to support the Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of this violent, lethal behavior and to “understanding and reducing gun violence in America.”
The Revivalists played the song live to an audience at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on Oct. 30, the same day the single was released. The group’s upcoming album, Take Good Care, is a follow up to their 2017 album Men Against Mountains, which spawned the Billboard Adult Alternative chart-topping single “Wish I Knew You.” Take Good Care’s lead single, “All My Friends” was released in August and shot to the top of the same chart on Sept. 22.
Watch The Revivalists' live performance of “Shoot You Down” above and find out more about donating directly to the Everytown Gun Safety Support Fund here.