FIVE FIRSTS: Bob Carlton of Dryer

Dryer: Bob Carlton, Joel Lilley, Brian Akey, Rachel Sunday

NAME: Bob Carlton
INSTRUMENT: Fender Jaguar/Golden Pipes

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Queen’s The Game and The Best of Doctor Demento. Bought them with money I got for my birthday. I remember my dad asking, “Are you sure?” – and then suggested I put the Queen album back.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I can’t remember the name of the band, but they played my elementary school. I remember them wearing a lot of spandex, having big hair and lots of tassels on their arms and legs. When the curtains came up and I heard the drummer count off and then the band just started playing, I lost my fucking mind. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Now that I think back on it, I think they were one of those bands that preached safe living and making smart choices by using the power of rock.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … the trumpet. I was two weeks into my trumpet lessons when one day I walked into class and the instructor handed me a check in the amount of the pre-paid lessons and told me to not bother returning. He basically kicked me out.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” I was part of my elementary schools chorus. I was so nervous about singing in front of people that I actually faked it and just mouthed the words.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Mother’s Anger. It was me and my friend Bruce. We were awful. Awful on many many levels.

Bob Carlton leads Dryer in their return to the stage on Saturday night (December 27) after a two-year hiatus. The newly expanded band – guitarist Brian Akey (formerly of Winterpills) has recently joined Carlton, drummer Joel Lilley and bassist Rachel Sunday – makes their debut as a quartet at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9:30pm on Saturday, opening for Rustic Overtones. Admission is $10; $15 is under age 21.

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