Five Firsts: Ian White of Bear Grass
NAME: Ian White
BAND AFFILIATION: Bear Grass
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required on cassette. I was probably about 10 years old.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My official answer to this question is Suicidal Tendencies, Danzig and Metallica at the New York State Fairgrounds in the early ’90s. I’m sure there were others before, but I remember this one as the first.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I was in school band as a kid, so I started with a practice pad.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I can’t say exactly, but I do remember being super-excited to play the full kit for a concert orchestra rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I was in a couple of rock bands in high school. The first was called Throat Oyster. We practiced in my bedroom until the singer decided to throw the family cat out of my upstairs window. I wasn’t happy about it, but I would have forgiven him. He wasn’t allowed to come over anymore. That was pretty much the end of that band. It’s always something…
Ian White slips behind the drum kit to fuel the Troy-based indie rock foursome Bear Grass – also featuring guitarist-vocalist Katie Hammon, guitarist Stephen Stanley and bassist Mitch Masterson – as they celebrate the release of their new album, “Stories in Books” on Friday night (May 3) at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany. The evening’s festivities kick off at 9pm with performances by Hand Habits and Two Trees. Admission is $5 at the door.