Spookie Daly Pride consists of Spookie (vocals, keys), Pete Witham, (guitars), Tommy Diehl (drums) and Tom Martin (bass). Drummer Tommy Diehl was a member of Acoustic Junction. Spookie Daly himself is a bit of a mystery, but the rapper/singer is a charismatic performer, and rumor has it that he was named after his grandfather, Spookaliscious. Together they cite various influences – Louie Prima, Run DMC, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Digital Underground, NRBQ and the Muppets.
”We’re developing the band to be how live music once was,” Spookie says. “Like Robert Johnson when the only way to hear him was to do so live. Our kind of music is not only based on radio; it’s kind of an underground thing. And, our show takes off from the records, like be-bop, where it’s different every time and we rip wide open some of the sections.”
The group has warmed up for audiences for Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Primus, Rusted Root, Busta Rhymes, Soul Coughing, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Acoustic Junction and Leftover Salmon. Several of their songs have been used on TV shows, including “Big Car,” which was the lead track for the MTV Sports and Music Festival and “Birthday Song,” which was featured on the ESPN-2 series “X-Games Today.” They were nominated for a Boston Music Award, placed in Boston Phoenix’ Best Music Poll as Best Jamband in Boston, and was one of only 24 bands to play WBCN’S prestigious annual Rock ‘n’ Rumble in 2002.