Playing music isn’t always the most glamorous existence, as the members of Dallas rock outfit Somebody’s Darling would attest … but that’s a price all five are more than willing to pay.
“We’ll do and sacrifice anything to be a part of this band,” lead vocalist Amber Farris said. “We laugh at ourselves, because we are the definition of starving artists, but it’s so worth it.”
The meager and oft-tumultuous reality is one memorialized with the band’s sophomore effort, Jank City Shakedown, a nod to the broke-down but ultimately overwhelmingly supportive artist community and house Somebody’s Darling calls home.
“You look at everything, and it’s so janky,” Farris said, laughing. “There’s 10 cars parked out front; half the house is filled with instruments. Most people wouldn’t even see it as being livable … but it’s our humble abode and life as a whole.”
The music made there is garnering grander opportunities, including recent gigs supporting the likes of Stoney LaRue, Deer Tick, Divine Fits and Lucero. However, as Farris would tell it, the band doesn’t care who it’s sharing the stage with, as long as there is a crowd.
“Playing in front of people, that’s where we really shine. We love performing,” she said. “To play music for people who actually give a shit … is better than getting a paycheck at the end of the day.”
Those crowds have grown in recent times, as Somebody’s Darling has shifted gears from blue-collar Texas country to straight up rock ’n’ roll.
“Our music style really changed, and we started encouraging each other to listen to new, different things,” Farris said. “Now, we are more a roots-rock band than anything else. We’ve really hooked onto that.”
Grammy-winning producer and studio engineer Stuart Sikes — known for his work with The White Stripes and Modest Mouse — helped spark the evolution.
“He brought out that rock sound in us that we were scared to do ourselves,” Farris said. “We didn’t know how to get that music to come out how we wanted, and he really coaxed it out in the recording. He made that part shine. It was how we wanted to be.”
Friday’s gig at Blue Note Lounge (with local singer/songwriter Chelsey Cope on the bill) kicks off a national tour, which the band plans to use to refine some new songs that will be demoed, once Somebody’s Darling gets back to that janky old home.
“That’s what keeps us going. We keep getting better, and hopefully, more people will catch onto us,” Farris said. “This is a little more grown-up rock ’n’ roll. We’ve got better just from touring, and every song is a little more planned and thought-out. Everything has been worked on and perfected more than we’ve ever done before.”
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