Rusty Shipp, Happy Lemmy, Milk Jug

Rusty Shipp

Happy Lemmy

Milk Jug

Thu · September 27, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Rusty Shipp
Rusty Shipp
Nautical Rock 'N' Roll from Nashville TN

Rusty Shipp is a Nautical Rock'n'Roll band that got its start in Nashville, TN in 2014. Characterized by its dark, underwater sound, unconventional riffs, and haunting vocals, the music is a perfect fusion of grunge and surf rock; though it is most memorable for the Beatlesque chord progressions and vocal melodies at the core of every song.

At the forefront is the singer, songwriter, guitarist Russ T. Shipp (literally his birth name), followed by Elijah Apperson on lead guitar, Michael Craft on bass, and AJ Newton on drums. Russ T. has his own signature sound, weaving his raspy voice in and out of falsetto and vibrato; at times sounding like a “higher-pitched Kurt Cobain,” as one music critic put it, and other times like a ghost. He was once asked in an interview why Rusty Shipp was worth listening to in an industry already so crowded with bands. He responded, “I really think they're the best songs on the market, because I'm convinced that I out-work and out-think the average songwriter. I've put over 10,000 hours into song-writing, and now I have this vast arsenal of interesting music fragments to choose from when assembling songs. So you'll never, ever hear any filler on a Rusty Shipp recording. Every single part of every single song is meticulously plotted out with the best bits of music and ideas I've accumulated for more than a decade.”

He cites The Beatles as his biggest influence for their emphasis on peculiar, but catchy, chords, riffs, and melodies. “Though we're noticeably darker and more aggressive than The Beatles,” Russ T. explains, “their form of songwriting resonates with the largest number of human beings, and we try to tap into that same magic. Bands like Nirvana and Muse did the same thing, but we're taking it in a more philosophical direction, while still having fun by incorporating the nautical theme.”

The band's debut album Mortal Ghost, produced by J. Hall (Delta Saints, As Cities Burn, House of Heroes), was released on June 9th. The first single Devil Jonah (released on May 12th with an accompanying music video) is a fiery, rock song with an unforgettable hook and catchy, grunge riffs relentlessly driving the song from beginning to end.
Happy Lemmy
Happy Lemmy
ROCK from Birmingham AL

Formed in 2006. Worn out vinyl selections of "Who's Next", "Moving Pictures", "Dream Police", and "Zen Arcade". And that's pretty much what we sound like.

There have been many highs and lows in the 12 year saga of Happy Lemmy. Regardless, the musical and friendship bonds among band members have remained increasingly strong. With a 'collective effort' method of song writing, the style and emotion of each band member has a significant presence in every song. Heavily influenced by 70's progressive rock and British blues rock bands. Happy Lemmy's music is raw and edgy with melodic vocals and metaphorical lyric content.

Joel Smith - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Michael Callahan - Bass Guitars & Vocals
Eric Fulgham - Drums & Destruction
Milk Jug
Milk Jug
Alt Indie Rock from Birmingham AL

Ben Shirley: Singer, Guitar, and sex appeal
Jonathan Sosebee: Bass Guitar and Style
Luke Rosser:Drummer. Sucks at flying drones.
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205