“Sad songs and hopeful songs about giving yourself over to the relationships and experiences in your life, no matter the hurt it may bring.“

Soft Gondola is a bummer pop trio from Pittsburgh who’s debut entitled Where I Go was released late last year and can be scored on a sweet limited edition cassette which includes the download. A recently new band to the scene (they played their first ever show a year ago today!) the band will be gearing up for a cool second year in 2018! I want to thank songwriter Daniella Trimble (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, 2001.

Your last album bought?

I buy tapes at all the shows I go to. The very last one I bought was a split EP by two of my faves from It It. Patricks’
Personal Dream/Marsha’s Fossil Garden by Patrick Hayley Coyle and Marsha Frost, respectively.

Favorite album of all time?

I find myself going back to Civilian by Wye Oak all of the time. The album has endured with me over the past six years and it overtakes me completely every time I listen to it–from start to finish.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Gwen Stefani – You Make It Feel Like Christmas. Girl, JUST STOP.

First concert attended?

Ozzfest 2003, San Diego, CA.

Last concert?

The Lampshades and Patrick Hayley Coyle and some band that played way too long at Spirit.

Favorite concert ever?

Probably watching Sufjan Stevens perform the entirety of Carrie & Lowell at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC in 2014. I ugly cried from ten minutes in until I went to sleep that night, I think.

Least favorite concert?

DIIV at Spirit Hall. So boring. But their opener The Paranoyds were amazing!

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

I started on my musical journey in this town. It is incredibly welcoming and nurturing, but tough, too. I’ve learned so much from all of the amazingly talented musicians (Nate Campisi, Shani Banerjee, Margo Van Hoy, Cormac Gartland, and a million others) here, and feel fortunate to get to call this place my home. I’d complain about the weather, but the cold and the desire to stay inside and cave up in my little Studio is what’s made me a good musician. Ilysm Pittsburgh.

Thanks, Daniella. I’ve always kinda wished I ugly cried at a concert but can’t remember ever having done so. Maybe getting booted out of a Rolling Stones show after my girl showed up with a hickey on her neck which prompted me to get knee wobblin’ wasted?