Five Firsts: Jonny Phillip of Trapper Schoepp & the Shades

Jonny Phillip
Jonny Phillip (left) and unidentified fan

NAME: Jonny Phillip
BAND AFFILIATION: Trapper Schoepp & the Shades and also Tommy Stinson. Was also the drummer for Southern California rock band Limbeck

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … First album I ever bought was Def Leppard’s Hysteria on cassette when I was eight years old. I thought Rick Allen was the coolest drummer because he had just one arm. I used to tuck my left arm into my shirt and practice drums on my living room chair with just one stick. That’s before I had a drum set.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The first concert I ever saw was Def Leppard on the Hysteria tour at Alpine Valley when I was also eight years old. It was life changing for me to see my favorite band in such a big setting. I remember needing binoculars to see the band because we were so far away.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My first musical instrument I ever owned was a blue five-piece drum set Maxwin by Pearl in 1988 when I was nine years old. I remember the day when my dad brought me to the store; I was so excited I thought I was going to piss my sweatpants. My dad is a guitarist, so we would play together all the time back then.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … The first song I ever performed in public was a song my friend Kevin Pipkorn wrote called “The Forest” in a church basement in 1993 when I was 14 years old. It was this terrible song that was pretty hardcore sounding. It was before our band had a name.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The first band I was ever in was called In Step. We only had that name for a couple months until we found out their was a gay culture magazine in Milwaukee called In Step. We didn’t want to give anyone that vibe so we changed our name to Tralfez, which was the real name of Astro from “The Jetsons.”

They’ve been out on the road touring with the Wallflowers and the Old 97’s in support of their new album, “Run, Engine, Run,” but fueled by drummer Jonny Phillip, the Milwaukee-based Trapper Schoepp & the Shades will slip into the Half Moon in Hudson on Friday night (June 28) for an intimate night of real rock ‘n’ roll that’s been described as “the Replacements meets Uncle Tupelo.” Sharing the bill will be the Last Conspirators and Nightmares for a Week. Admission is $5.

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  1. TL says

    Trapper Schoepp & the Shades are an amazing band, and quite honestly, the way things are going for them, I don’t think there will be too many more chances to catch them in this type of setting. Since they last played Hudson they have signed a label deal, toured with the Wallflowers, the Old 97’s, played dates with Alejandro Escovedo, Social Distortion, the Bodeans and more.. Hear’s a chance to see them in a club and also support a new music venue in Hudson, the Half Moon!. Come on!

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