Concert Reviews

My First Show: Drawn By Jaymz's James Porter Was Introduced To The Smell of Marijuana at a Crystal Gayle Show

Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be.

When he hasn't been drumming for The Tah Dahs, The Happy Bullets, or his latest band, Disposable Music, James Porter has played with the kitchen sink as Drawn By Jaymz. Those shows tend to run the gamut, featuring everything from arty no wave to metal.

But if you listen to a song like "Luck," you can also hear Porter's affection for engaging, trippy space rock.

So there's a lot at play with this performer. And lots to play -- if you're a friend of DBJ on Facebook, you've probably received at least a few notifications about entire albums he's recorded in the past year, all available to hear on his Bandamp page.

James recently took some time out to remember some of his first show experiences. As you might expect, like the music he plays, the music he first saw live came from all points across the spectrum.

What was the first show you saw? Were you with your parents?
The first show that I remember was a Crystal Gayle show, and, yes, my folks took me as well as my sister. I think it was the early '80s. I remember walking behind a guy who, to me, had the worst body odor in the state. I later realized he was smoking a joint.

What was the first show you paid your own money for?
The first show that I used my hard-earned cash go see was a big festival. Don't remember the name, but it was Beck, Pavement, Hole, Cypress Hill, and a couple other acts. Again, I found myself elbow-deep in reefer. The show was pretty good. Beck had an audience member come up and do beat-boxing while he played acoustic and sang. That was cool.

Disposable Music is a new project you're doing with Tim Ruble from The Happy Bullets. Have you guys played a show yet?
Disposable Music has not played a show yet, but has many to come very soon. We're working on, hopefully, a two-disc album in which a couple of songs are free to listen to via Facebook links.

What do you remember about the first Drawn By Jaymz show?
The first DBJ show. Hmmm. It was more than 10 years ago, and I think that it was all metal -- not traditional, but more seizure-inducing, with a whole lot of noise and screaming. I'm pretty sure it was horrible. But the upcoming DBJ album, Smarter Than You, mixed by Stuart Sikes, myself, and Jerett Fulton, is something that will bring all ears to our feet, and we will gather them up and whisper endless wisdom upon each lobe.


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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
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