July Fighter began as a vehicle for Jimmy Lyback in the final days of local twin cities favorites Sunshine Behavior. Starting with a handful of songs he had written that he felt were never a good fit for Sunshine, and switching from bass to guitar and lead vocals, Jimmy assembled a lineup of well-respected and seasoned musicians to round out the lineup. They immediately start recording the new tunes. With the debut of their self-titled album July Fighter, in no time they made a name for themselves on the local live original scene. Regulars at the Fine Line, Mayslacks, and the Amsterdam, they quickly built a following and a reputation as live band that could hold their own with any act they shared the stage with. 2012 and 2013 brought two new releases in Summer Rain and Live and let live. Through various lineup changes Jimmy has been able to maintain the direction and strength of both the band’s new music, and live shows while opening for national acts such as Tonic, Blind Melon, Everclear, Finger Eleven, Nicholas David and Hairball.