Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the six piece "Reggae / Rap / Rock" fusion, Shrub, has been rapidly gaining momentum and building a solid national fanbase since being voted by readers as High Times Magazine Unsigned Band of the Month (Sept 2010).
Shrub is currently recording a new album with acclaimed producer, Sylvia Massy (Tool, Prince, Johnny Cash, etc). The new album features guest appearances by: C-Money from Slightly Stoopid, Dubmatix, and Kimberly Freeman from One-Eyed Doll. The album is set to be released Spring 2013.
Shrub is also currently working with legendary hip-hop artist/producer, Blueprint from Rhymesayers Entertainment, on an EP set to be released Summer 2013.
Their music garners comparisons to artists like: Sublime, Cypress Hill, The Dirty Heads, Atmosphere, and G. Love, yet maintains an innately unique and raw sound all their own.
Shrub has shared the stage with: Collie Buddz, Rebelution, Yellowman, Kottonmouth Kings, Gov't Mule, Hed PE, Badfish, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ballyhoo!, ekoostik hookah, Zach Deputy, Mighty Diamonds, Tribal Seeds, The Young Dubliners, Passafire, Seedless, Micah Brown, Fortunate Youth, Spiritual Rez, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Echo Movement, Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Tennis, and many more.
March 2013 - Chosen to perform at the Wildfire Reggae and Arts Festival and the Heart of Texas Rockfest in Austin, TX during SXSW.
Sept 2012 - Performed at the Mid-Point Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH alongside Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, and Tennis.
Sept 2012 - Performed at Fall Badfish Festival at Nelson Ledges.
June 2012 - Performed at Spring Badfish Festival at Nelson Ledges.
May 2012 - Performed at Spring Hookahville alongside Yonder Mountain String Band, Gov't Mule, ekoostik hookah and many more.
Sept 2011 - Performed at the Fall Badfish Festival at Nelson Ledges.
June 2011 - Performed at the Woodshock Festival at Legend Valley with Kottonmouth Kings and Hed PE.
March 2011 - Performed at ATX Wildfire Reggae & Arts Festival in Austin, TX during SXSW.
Sept 2010 - Featured in High Times Magazine as the Unsigned Band of the Month (Voted by Readers)
June 2010 - Reached #21 on the Amazon.com Reggae Bestseller charts.
March 2010 - Shrub's debut album registered 3 songs in the TOP 10 Alternative Hip Hop Charts at CDBaby.com - with the song "Cherries" registering in at the #1 spot.
March 2010 - Featured as the Exposed! band on the reggae / rock authority website, ThePier.org
February 2010 - Shrub reached #1 on the LALA.com Fastest Rising Reggae Artist charts.
"Shrub's debut EP, Señorita, is quickly setting this Columbus, Ohio band apart from the pack." - High Times Magazine
"The Midwest has long been a hotbed for successful rap artists, but Shrub's eclectic fusion of rap, reggae, and rock brings a whole new flavor to the scene." - High Times Magazine
"[Shrub's] vocalist is strong, and its funky rhythm section is promising...." - Kitty McConnell, The Other Paper
"Shrub have been making a name for themselves.....some of the best live Reggae/Rap/Rock your ears have ever heard." - Examiner.com
"Shrub has sharpened every aspect of their sound to an impressive degree. The background harmonies were the slickest I’ve ever heard from a local band." - Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive
Shrub Management, RASTATARI Records
Jay Shrub - Vocals
D Zwelling - Drums
Josh Altfater - Guitar
Benny Coleman - Vocals, Guitar
Lyrical - Vocals
Señorita - 2010
1. We Wanna Smoke
3. Come And Get It
4. I Did It For Us
5. My Blood
Features guest appearances by:
- DJ Rasta Root (current DJ for Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and Chip Fu of the Fu-Schnickens)
- Lyrical (artist/producer for Myrical Records)
- Jenny Flory (singer/songwriter from the Wonder Twin Powers).
* Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner (Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Eminem, etc)
* Album Artwork by Opie Ortiz (from the Long Beach Dub Allstars).
Dubmatix Meets Shrub - 2010
1. Can I Get A Hey? (Dubmatix remix)
2. Dubbed And Mashed Potatoes (Dubmatix remix)
3. I Dub It For Us (Dubmatix remix)
* Dubmatix is the 2010 JUNO Award Winner for Best Reggae Recording
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Voted Unsigned Band of the Month, Sept 2010
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The Midwest has long been a hotbed for successful rap artists, but Shrub's eclectic fusion of rap, r...The Midwest has long been a hotbed for successful rap artists, but Shrub's eclectic fusion of rap, reggae, and rock brings a whole new flavor to the scene.
Shrub's debut EP, Señorita, is quickly setting this Columbus, Ohio band apart from the pack. From the ganja-induced club anthem "We Wanna Smoke," to the dancehall banger "Come And Get It," to a much more emotional "Cherries,” Shrub has tapped into a unique and raw sound all their own. The EP features guest appearances by: DJ Rasta Root (current DJ for Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and Chip Fu of the Fu-Schnickens), Lyrical (artist/producer for Myrical Records), and Jenny Flory (singer/songwriter from the Wonder Twin Powers).
Additionally, Opie Ortiz (from the Long Beach Dub Allstars) created the sick album artwork. Most recently, Shrub has been working with award winning dub-reggae producer, Dubmatix, on a tripped-out, three-song remix companion album to Señorita."
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You’ve never heard of Shrub — or have you? Maybe you caught the reggae group at Ruby Tuesday’s on St...You’ve never heard of Shrub — or have you? Maybe you caught the reggae group at Ruby Tuesday’s on St. Paddy’s Day. Or maybe you’re part of its ever-growing online following?
Shrub’s show announcements generally include “sticky” and “green” references. Shrub’s songwriting formula, per its Facebook page, is simply: “6 blunts + a pen + a pad + a beat = new tunes.”
And yet Columbus’s corn-fed four-piece features artwork by Orange County tattooist and Sublime logoist Opie Ortiz on its debut EP, Senorita. The Sublime influence is anything but subtle with Shrub. The band still has a minute before it’s comfy making music minus Rasta clichés, but its vocalist is strong, and its funky rhythm section is promising in online vids. Expect Shrub to hit big..."
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