Fun Fun Fun Fest Artist Interview: Ola Podrida

Photo courtesy of Ola Podrida and Western Vinyl.

Ola Podrida, a Texas-based indie-rock band known for theirfolksy acoustics and sparkly undertones, wowed audiences on tour over the summer and are guaranteed to make an impression at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year.

Film composer and frontman David Wingo expects great things from the performance and looks forward to being reunited on stage.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “It is my favorite music fest in the country. I’m not usually a fan of outdoor music festivals, but this is the only one that I would pay my own hard-earned cash to go to.”

You wouldn’t guess it from their name, but the band is actually not Spanish; the name stems from an inside joke between the band members.

“I started the band with my friend Matthew Frank, who I went to high school and college with,” Wingo said. “We wanted to name it something reflecting where we grew up in North Dallas. There was a place — a craft, small-puppet-theater, weird place — in the ‘70s and ‘80s called Olla Podrida. It was called Olla Podrida, but everyone called it Ola Podrida because we were white people and didn’t know any better, so we thought it was a good inside joke.“

Wingo started his career as a film scorer for one of his best childhood friends, David Gordon Green, director of “George Washington” and “Prince Avalanche.” Since then, he has made a career out of it, and even scored “MUD,” which stars Austin-favorite Matthew McConaughey.

“Writing for films really influenced my song writing and changed the way I made music in general,” Wingo said. “It really focuses you to make music in terms of atmosphere and an emotional thread.”

This influence is the reason that many of Ola Podrida’s songs have an almost-cinematic feel, which is unique to the music world.

Although Ola Podrida loves to play to any audience, Wingo thinks that their music appeals more to people who are willing to be patient with it and listen to each song more than once to absorb the subtleties.

“When I’m writing the lyrics, I really try to not be too specific about things,” he said, “It starts out usually with something kind of personal, and then I take that and take it somewhere alittle more abstract, a little more impressionistic, trying to paint a picture.”

Once you hear Ola Podrida’s captivating sound, it might be hard to stop listening. You can satisfy your musical craving with one of their three albums, “Ghosts Go Blind.” “Belly of the Lion” and “Ola Podrida.” You can catch them live at FFF Fest at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 on the Orange Stage.