Five Firsts: Jeff Burger of Sumac

Jeff Burger
Jeff Burger

NAME: Jeff Burger

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Foghat’s “Live.” I first heard “Fool for the City” on 97 Rock in Buffalo, NY (my hometown). 97 Rock was a station labeled “album rock,” which meant they played more than just hits; they would actually play the lost cuts and b sides. Recently, my brother called me from Buffalo and said, “Guess where I am?” I could hear “Slow Ride” blaring in the background, so I said, “Foghat in concert.” And he said, “Yes, you drove me crazy with that album.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Supertramp. They were a great live act. They performed “Breakfast in America” in its entirety and hits from previous albums.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A Casio keyboard that I bought in a thrift store for five bucks. That keyboard appears on The Homeboy Sacred self-titled album by the Buffalo rap band, and also on legendary punk band the Painkillers’ self-titled album. It finally died when some mohawked girl in Buffalo poured a pitcher of beer on it and me during a Painkillers show.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “What Ever Happened to Us,” a song I wrote when I was in my country band Jackinany.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Painkillers – the best, most honest punk rock band in the world. They are still together in Buffalo.

Photograph by Chelsea Kereszi

Jeff Burger and his band Sumac take over the stage at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday, opening the show for Frog Holler.

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