Although the band definitely has the look down, rest assured that Daddy Long Legs is more than a fashion flash in the pan. As Esquire.com so eloquently described their SXSW performance: “Because sometimes an act can appear as a novelty at first glance, but then you stick around for one extra song, and you realize that these drunken cowboys with fuzzy mics and rip-roaring harmonica solos are the most authentic band you’ve seen all week.”
St. Louis-bred front man Brian Hurd was formerly with garage rock band The Visitors before he became itchy to expand his musical prowess. He has since become the very image of a life-sized arachnid, long and lean, with a blur of clapping hands, stomping feet, wailing blues harp and primitive guitar. Murat Akturk and Josh Styles join him (on guitar and drums, respectively). These New York City rockers have marinated in the garage rock and punk scene long enough to become the perfect accompaniment, finding brotherhood in a higher musical power.
Here’s how a very short interview with Daddy Long Legs went down:
AltDaily: We know how Esquire described seeing Daddy Long Legs at SXSW. How would you describe your live show?
Daddy Long Legs: A high-energy assault on the senses, take no prisoners, spiritual experience.
How did Daddy Long Legs come into being?
We all came from various rock ‘n’ roll bands in NYC and eventually wanted to do something vastly different from the rest of the pack. We came together over a mutual love of primitive roots and blues music and started developing our own take on that and have been at it ever since.
What is your association with the area, and why do you like playing here?
There’s a lot of great punk and rock ‘n’ roll history here and we’ve always been drawn to that. I love the people here. They are really fun to hang out and party with!
Tell us a bit about your current tour—although I know we won’t have the pleasure of seeing The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (JSBX)—and your upcoming jaunt overseas.
It’s an east coast jaunt with JSBX and some extra east coast dates thrown in before we head to the U.K. for a month. We’ve been focused on Europe for the past few years but are starting to do more U.S. touring now and the reaction has been really great.
And finally, is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to share?
Our new live LP, Daddy Long Legs Rides Tonight, is due out May 5 on Norton Records. It’s a true testament of our current live set. Come see what it’s all about on the 15th at Pancho N Luigi’s!
Details: Daddy Long Legs with The Lonely Teardrops @ Pancho N Luigi’s/4012 Colley Avenue, Norfolk. April 15, 2015. 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.