Artist Q&A

Q&A with The Tragic Thrills

Tragic Thrills

Answered by Zach Porter (guitar and vocals): What was the first concert you attended? Peter, Paul and Mary at Wolf Trap… isn't that close to you guys? I was 4 or 5 and I don't think I was that interested at the time. I wish I had been old enough to really experience it. I remember playing with hockey cards.

Where and when was the first show you played?  My first show was a 9th grade house party, probably in 2005 in the town I grew up in outside of San Diego. I'm pretty sure I made out with a girl on a swing. I definitely peaked in high school.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? Not to be a bummer but probably when my old band's van got totaled outside Charlotte, NC by an semi. I realize, because of said incident, my opinion of truckers is biased, but it is still my assertion is that all truckers are bad. Every time I see one roaring down a highway going 90 mph, my blood boils.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? I think my favorite from our first album is called, "Everyday", mostly because it's fun to sing live. It's hard to listen to your own album after it's released. Usually from the point of it's release on, my favorites are the ones I enjoy playing live.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? I'd open for the damn Wiggles if they'd take us out. Why is it so hard to get cool band a, b, c, d, f, or even g to take you out on tour? Haha we're working on it. Maybe we are horrible at branding ourselves or something and that's why bands a-g take out "Horse Capturer" and "Stetson Hat and Plaid Shirts" instead of us haha.

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? I've been listening to a lot of Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson. I think there's a theme going on there... haha

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A corporate lawyer first. Then a rockstar. I like to be on the far end of any extreme. What's in the middle of corporate lawyer and rockstar? Accountant? I suck at math.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Pretty much everything I've said: 2004 - January 2015. More than a decade...

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Check out The Tragic Thrills at Jammin' Java February 7th with the New Valleys!