Five Firsts: Eric J. Krans of We Are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

Eric J. Krans (photo by Jason Lehr)
(photo by Jason Lehr)

NAME: Eric J. Krans
BAND AFFILIATION: We are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & The Hobo Banned
INSTRUMENT: Anything rhythmic or vocal

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Depeche Mode, “Violator”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Celebrant Singers. They were a traveling contemporary Christian song and dance troupe. (They’re apparently still around. Their website describes them as “musicians as missionaries.”) I think many of them stayed at our house. The first concert I ever “went to” was a Kansas concert my mother took the church youth group to while she was pregnant with me. Apparently, the place was a haze of smoke and the music was deafening, this according to my mom, and I kicked and kicked and kicked and maybe even flipped.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The drums that the Celebrant Singers brought with them to our church. Apparently, I couldn’t help myself. I asked nobody. I just snuck up to the drums and started slamming. My mom said I just closed my eyes and hit everything. I was cerebral. It was one long “Moby Dick” drum fill.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” although it may have also been “Song #2” by Blur… Some of the scenes of my life when I play them back in my head are suspiciously ordered. I either performed “Fake Plastic Trees” first as a solo acoustic thing, or I performed “Song #2” with my band Carolina Satellite at our high school’s battle of the bands. We kicked off our performance with it, one friend tripped the lights, another kicked on the strobe light and two others dumped trash bags of balloons onto the audience from above right as we kicked into the song’s first “Woohoo!” We came in second place out of four bands.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Human Treestumps

Eric J. Krans will be pulling double duty (at least) on Thursday evening, performing with both We Are Jeneric and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned at the annual B3nson Family Funsgiving Celebration at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany. In addition to those two bands, other performers on the bill will include If Madrid, Scientific Maps, Que Caro, Barons in the Attic and Beware! The Other Head Of Science. The extravaganza kicks off at 8pm, and admission is $10 (which includes a B3nson Family Records compilation CD); bring canned food goods or non-perishable food items and receive a $2 discount on admission.

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