Five Firsts: TJ Foster of the Cast Before the Break

The Cast Before The Break
The Cast Before The Break

NAME: TJ Foster
BAND AFFILIATION: The Cast Before the Break
INSTRUMENT: I sing and play guitar.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … This is actually a two-fer. I remember going to HMV and purchasing “Significant Other” (Limp Bizkit) and “Americana” (The Offspring) at the same time. These weren’t necessarily the first CDs I owned (I remember being particularly attached to a Candlebox cassette my mom gave me when I was younger…) but definitely the first two I went out and bought myself.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The first concert I ever went to: Papa Roach, Taproot and hed pe when I was like 15. Taproot didn’t even show up.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The first instrument I learned was the alto sax. Got pretty good until they made marching a requirement in high school. That’s when I said screw this and decided I wanted to be the next Tom DeLonge… you know, before the weird messiah complex.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I can honestly say I don’t remember the first song I performed in public. I remember the very first band I was in did a cover of “Playmate of the Year” for some show, and that was a terrible mess of fun. But I digress…

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The first band I was ever in was called Shock Factor. We started out doing what most 14-year- olds did in my generation: wrote really generic, short songs with power chords galore. Fact: I dyed my hair blue for a short amount of time in this band. Fact 2: The guitar I played in that band was a baby blue Tom DeLonge strat. Its the only guitar I’ve held onto since I started playing, and its actually making an official comeback with Moving Mountains on Friday.

TJ Foster and his bandmates in the Cast Before the Break head into Ground Zero at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday, sharing the stage with Moving Mountains and Turbines. Admission is $3.

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