As the lead singer and founding member of Vandoliers, Joshua Fleming has released three outstanding albums, aggressively toured throughout the U.S., and shared the stage with legendary acts like Old 97’s and Flogging Molly. Before he was wowing listeners all over the world with a winning blend of country and punk, Fleming was playing shows at roller rinks and other all-ages spaces in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas with his high school ska band.

Just before setting out on another tour, Fleming spoke with My First Band host Tyler Maas about modern day Vandoliers happenings (including an upcoming run of European shows in June), the Blink-182 and Fenix TX concert he attended as a kid that inspired his musical journey, booking day-long ska festivals as a high schooler, getting serious in his twenties as the member of a garage rock band called The Phuss, the circumstances that led him to starting Vandoliers, and some of the most memorable experiences he’s had along the way.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Vandoliers (“Every Saturday Night”).