How would you describe your music?
Energetic pop-punk with roots in punk rock and post-punk.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Russell Nelson, 29, was, from the get-go, a natural musician. Spectating his uncle playing his guitar since childhood, Russell always displayed an avid interest in pursuing a musical career. One could almost say the minute he received his first guitar from his uncle at age 8, he hasn’t put it down since. However, the pivotal moment in his career was when he made the decision to head to the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California, where he received his guitar associates in performance arts. This landed him in a local band for a healthy run, landing shows in places like the House of Blues. Despite their success as a band in 2010, one good fight forced Russell to move back home to Montana. With this, he grew up, and brought with him a new perspective and brand new game face: Shellshock Lullaby, joined by Hannah Skiles and Andrew Ellmaker. A perfect mixture of alternative, pop-punk, and emo, Shellshock Lullaby is Russell’s artistic vision sprung to life, with emotionally-charged anthems dedicated to overcoming hardship, exploring the grey areas of life, and emerging victorious. A road very much like the one he has walked, and he encourages his 18 thousand fans (and counting) to take life by similar reins.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
I’m a huge fan of Green Day and Muse, and I’ve always been greatly inspired by them both as musical acts and as individuals.
What inspires you?
Intense emotion, be it my own or other people’s. At the risk of sounding conceited, I’m at my most creative when I’m feeling any emotion in an extreme way
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Inspiration will usually come at random intervals. I’ll hear a word I like or think of a line, and document it. When it’s time to write a song, I take my notes and run from there. This being said, being on the road and traveling with my boys will spur some creative moments, and I’m positive they could say the same about themselves.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
The Look in Your Eyes
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I would kill to open for Alkaline Trio.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
Hits seem to be bought, not earned, and with that, the DIY scene feels like it’s fading. On a positive note, while the industry still has a ways to go, the scene is becoming less oversaturated with men. There must be balance, and I feel like the scale is ever so slightly beginning to tip.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We played a heavier cover of “Africa” – Toto, and the headlining act started a mosh pit. Like, heavier than some metal shows. It was incredible.
What are your future plans?
Continue to garner success for Shellshock Lullaby, I have no intentions of slowing down in the future; only going faster from here. We are currently locking in dates for our summer tour.