The rhythm brings “Devil On My Shoulder” to life and defines its initial attractiveness, but it is the thoughtful presentation of the message that ensures the life will be a long one. The lyrics (included below) of the song by Arts Fishing Club introduce the listener to three personas – the protagonist, his ghost-like soul and the devil on his shoulder (and in his ear). The message is introspective. After a revealing conversation with his soul, the protagonist realizes that it’s time to make fundamental adjustments.
“Devil On My Shoulder” has an emphasis on its Folk elements at the start, while the final chorus and the outro are more aligned with Blues-tinged Rock. It isn’t a surprise that Arts Fishing Club has landed in Nashville. Initially, notes from a guitar are timed with syllables of the vocals. Then, the percussive drive enters and the energetic nature of the melody is on full display. Interestingly, the credits of the track show that the drummer is not one of the four band members. Arts Fishing Club comprises Christopher Kessenich (vocals, guitar), Peter Eddins (keys), Jimi Greene (guitar), and Matthew Siffert (bass). John Ogelby is credited as the drummer on “Devil On My Shoulder.”
Christopher Kessenich described the origin of the song:
“One night while writing, I looked up and saw my reflection in the darkened window in front of me. I felt like I was looking into a ghostly version of my soul and wondered what a physical conversation with my soul would be like. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ is that conversation at that point in my life. I was exhausted with the person I felt myself becoming: detached and empty. Drinking, drugs, promiscuity, and partying were my vehicles for distracting myself from my fear of myself and my inevitable inadequacy. Writing is the most consistent place where I find the truth that is within me. I struggle to lie to myself when I write. This song was extremely important to me and marked a turning point in my life where I began to accept responsibility for my life and my happiness. I began to quit blaming others and finally admitted that it isn’t ‘the devil on my shoulder, the devil in my ear, but the devil in the mirror’ that is to blame.”