Former NIRVANA Drummer Steps Out

Greg Prato of is reporting that Dave Grohl is not the only former NIRVANA drummer who can play guitar and sing. Chad ChanningGrohl's predecessor, who played on the band's 1989 debut, "Bleach" — is launching a new project called BEFORE CARS, which sees him supplying lead vocals and rhythm guitar, as well as drums.

He has been recording tracks for a full-length with "Bleach" producer Jack Endino, who convinced Channing to take the plunge. "Jack was saying, 'You really should do it,'" explains Channing, who is backed by guitarist Paul Burback and bassist Andy Miller. "It's basically a compilation of stuff I've written over the years — a lot of the songs go back as far as 1984. For a while, I didn't feel like I was ready. But then I just thought, 'It's time to get this together.'"

Although not NIRVANA's original drummer, Channing was the first to appear on record with the band during their Sub Pop Records glory years. Along with guitarist-vocalist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, he played on the group's first-ever release, 1988's "Love Buzz/Big Cheese" single, as well as "Bleach" and the 1990 EP "Blew".

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