Return to Fair To Midland


Six years ago, the members of Fair to Midland were floundering in what the Armenian lead singer Darroh Sudderth called the “struggling scene” in Dallas. After developing a good following the guys began touring to promote their first demo inter.funda.stifle. It took several laps around that circuit before people took notice. It was on a trip to Los Angeles that the band met concertgoers who appreciated their eclectic sound. One of those kind souls was Mike Haytayan, who persuaded his friend Serj Tankian (System of a Down/ Serjical Strike Records) to see the band perform at The Roxy.

Tankian spent some time with the band before he put in an offer for a six-album deal that took Sudderth by surprise. “Usually they play games back and forth. But he just sat down and said he was going to get it all together, and offered us the contract.”

The band spent the last eight months in Toronto working on their first album and honing their sound. Sudderth said that producer David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel) along with executive producer Tankian gave them plenty of creative freedom. “Any changes we made were extremely subtle. We got to hold our artistic integrity.”

Still, the fear of rejection exists in Sudderth’s mind. “If the album doesn’t do well, we lose that big money distribution that we have with Universal. You have to wonder if the general public is going to be inclined to check out whatever subsequent albums we put out, so we want to make sure the first one is strong so that the next albums will be looked forward to.”

Fair to Midland will begin touring in February, in anticipation of the release of their as-yet-untitled first album on April 24th.

––Jenny Kiljian