Somebody's Darling on Being Whipped in the Face By Jim James' Hair
Country four-piece Somebody's Darling has a new record ready to go called Black Eyes and Alibis, but we have to wait until the summer to hear it. As a preview of what's to come, the band headlines Dada on Friday night.
Frontwoman Amber Farris and guitarist David Ponder took the time to tell us about the first times they saw bands.
What was the first show you remember seeing? Were you with your parents?
Amber Farris: I actually was at the State Fair of Texas and I saw the Judds playing. I was with my parents and I remember asking them as soon as we got home if I could get guitar lessons.
David Ponder: Oh man, I was probably 12 or 13 when a friend and I won tickets to see the H.O.R.D.E. tour at Starplex. My friend's dad drove us out there and kept an eye on us. I remember seeing Fastball, Ben Harper, Blues Traveler and a few others. I think I enjoyed Ben Harper, but the main thing was how awesome it was to feel and hear such a big P.A. I've been pretty charmed by loud stuff ever since.
What was the first show you paid to see?
Amber: Honestly I can't remember, but my guess would be Aerosmith at Starplex.
David: I'm not sure if they were technically the first band I paid to see, but there was a formative time when Doosu was my sun and moon. I would drive all my friends out to the Galaxy Club or wherever, and we all felt like we were watching Led Zeppelin. There was a year or so when I must have seen 15 Doosu shows.
What was the first show that made a major impact on you?
Amber: It was My Morning Jacket at Gypsy Tea Room, in the small room. I was at the very front and Jim James was whipping everyone's face with his hair. It was super sweaty, and I decided then and there I wanted to be like him when I grew up.
David: This is probably a borderline stock answer for people my age, but seeing My Morning Jacket at Gypsy was pretty life-changing. No way around it. It's always made me jealous, but Amber saw them before I ever did in the small room at Gypsy. Can you imagine seeing them play to 35 people in the Tea Room? Unbelievable.
So far, what's the worst show you've seen?
Amber: If it gets too bad I head to the bar and tune out the show. I enjoy music even if it's a little off.
David: Hey, we all have bad days, right? I'd have to say seeing Bob Dylan croak through his headlining slot at ACL many years ago was almost laughably bad. I mean, he obviously gets a free pass but the show was astonishingly bad.
And what do you remember about the first Somebody's Darling show?
Amber: That myself, Nate Wedan, Adam Carter and David Ponder had practiced once in my bedroom unplugged and were about to play to a large crowd. I had no idea what we were thinking but after the show I knew there was a future with SD.
David: I actually do remember this. Amber and I had been in a band before SD called Raleigh. Raleigh broke up and we formed a new group with Nate Wedan on drums and Adam Carter on bass almost immediately. We threw together a set and we played our first show within a week or so of forming. It was an opening slot at The Green Elephant. Our next show was a coffee shop with Nicholas Altobelli. I shudder to think how we must have sounded with a week of practice and writing, but there was always a sense of urgency with us. Got to do this thing. Got to move.