Yung Sham is the performance moniker of 19-year-old Philadelphia based songwriter Elijah Sheppard. The project began as a solo recording effort in Sheppard’s early high school years. Inspired by everything from 60s rock and folk stars to cult figures from the 90s to today, Sheppard’s music employs strong melodies and distinct chord structures and deals with themes ranging from loneliness and rejection to love and growth. Sheppard formed the band in 2015 and began performing at independent venues in the Philadelphia DIY community, gaining experience in a music scene that has featured many now prominent acts. In 2016 he self-released his short album “The Passion”, created in collaboration with engineer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist Scotty Leitch. This year he self-released his debut full-length “World of Color”, created in collaboration with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Lesser and friends.
John Myrtle writes songs about love, slugs, drunk policemen and whatever else might be on his mind. Having just released his bedroom recorded EP with Sheffield-based Bingo Records and London’s Sad Club Records and finished his first UK tour, John’s music has been here there and everywhere. With Alex Kapranos, Edgar Jones and Marc Riley declaring themselves as fans, Marc invited the band onto his 6 music show earlier in the year, John is continuing to build his reputation as a songwriter and singer.