FIVE FIRSTS: Ellia Bisker & Jeff Morris of Charming Disaster
AMES: Ellia Bisker & Jeff Morris
BAND AFFILIATION: Charming Disaster
Ellia: ukulele/vocals/hi hat
Jeff: guitar/vocals/kick drum
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS …
Ellia: Either the “Reality Bites” soundtrack or After the Rain by Nelson
Jeff: Rat Music for Rat People, a compilation
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS …
Ellia: Bob Dylan at West Point military academy, with Lenny Kravitz opening. I realize this sounds like a crazy dream, but I swear it was real.
Jeff: At 14 I had a dream about a skinny Neil Young playing the piano dressed in white. The next day someone offered to take me to a Neil Young concert at Nassau Coliseum. He didn’t play piano at all, and I was a little disappointed.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS …
Ellia: a harmonica, when I was two or three. According to my mom, one time I was playing it while she was out pushing me in a stroller, and a guy flipped me a quarter. Thus began my career as a professional musician.
Jeff: At age five or six someone gave me a jaw harp, much to the dismay of my mother who might have had something to do with its mysterious disappearance.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS …
Ellia: “Tomorrow” from Annie. My grandma used to make me come out and sing it when she had company over, which did not entirely thrill me.
Jeff: I think it was a Yoko Ono song, I was very young, age two or three. I was into scream therapy.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS …
Ellia: an imaginary band I formed in high school with four of my closest friends. It was called Frank, and I was the drummer. We never actually played any music.
Jeff: In lieu of writing a book report for a 10th grade English class assignment some friends and I formed a Sex Pistols-inspired band called A Far Far Better Thing that sang songs based on “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. We wrote one song. I got a B-.
In support of their new album “Cautionary Tales,” the Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster – featuring Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris – bring their darkly comic duets about love, death, crime and the supernatural to The Anchor in Kingston at 9:30pm on Saturday (April 15). Admission is free.