Better Know an Artist (Vol 23): PJ Fry (Sally Majestic)

Sally Majestic is an old name in the Fort Worth music scene. With an energetic blend of pop-punk, ska, reggae and rock-n-roll, they’re one of the most respected live acts in the area. The guys will be celebrating 15 years together this week at Lola’s on April 9, along with Mean Motor Scooter. Lead singer/bassist PJ Fry sat down to answer the tried and true questions.

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

PF: I first got into music when I was 7 years old. I had a friend named Chris Laskoski. He played piano like a fucking boss and sang in the Texas Boys’ Choir. It looked like fun, so I started taking lessons from the same piano teacher he had and joined the Texas Boys Choir. I didn’t know I wanted to try and hustle music until way later in life. We started Sally Majestic when I was 24 years old. If it wasn’t for the quality of musicianship Scott and Tim brought to the table, I don’t know that I would have had the confidence to play live shows.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

PF: This is one of those questions every musician says “ugh” to. I am no different, so I will go with the stock answer and say we play Reggae/Rock with a punk vibe.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

PF: Fugazi. First time I saw them live, I wanted to play bass like Joe Lally
Weezer. I have always admired Rivers Cuomo’s ability to write a hook.
Sublime. I changed my mind and wanted to play bass like Eric Wilson.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

PF: “Scottalicious” It’s the first song we played together as a band and I think it’s even more fun to play now than it was then.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

PF: The Clash. Because they are fucking awesome and it would be an unbelievable experience to play with such a legendary band.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

PF: Animal Spirit. I dig their style, they work hard and they are good people.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

PF: Pavement – “Wowee Zowee”

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

PF: My favorite thing is getting to meet other musicians and hear what other bands are up to. My least favorite thing is anything that has to do with the “music biz”, fuck that I’m out.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

PF: there are many solid spots to play in DFW but I am partial to Lola’s. I am from Fort Worth and Lola’s is the best spot in Fort Worth.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

PF: There is a band that is going to be playing with us on April 9 at Lola’s called Mean Motor Scooter that people should be looking out for.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

PF: I have an undying love for holiday music. If I knew it wouldn’t drive the people around me crazy, I would listen to Christmas music. Only the classics though, modern holiday is sketchy at best.

Shout out to PJ for giving us the info, and get your butts out to Lola’s on Saturday night to catch Sally Majestic’s 15th anniversary party with Mean Motor Scooter and some other cats (so many other cats…..event page). Should be a fun night of RAWK (and also roll).

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