To borrow from the great Walt Whitman: Bill Stevenson is large. He contains multitudes. Over the last four decades, the hulking drummer has tirelessly propelled the likes of Descendents, All, and Black Flag—a trio of trailblazing bands as skilled at progressive, fusion-inspired jams as they are straight-up punk rock burners and catchy sing-alongs.
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More than a decade after taking over kit duties in the progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee, the group’s current drummer sings the praises of recently released work by the man who came before him, a gifted player who died way too young.
British drumming phenomenon Hayley Cramer recently took over the drum chair in the established rock powerhouse group Pop Evil, quickly finding herself playing for tens of thousands of fans while the band opened for the likes of Disturbed and Rob Zombie.
Alphonse Mouzon was among the premier drummers associated with the jazz-rock fusion movement of the 1970s. The genre was largely inspired by jazz iconoclast Miles Davis, and was furthered by many of the instrumentalists associated with the trumpeter’s groundbreaking late-’60s albums such as Miles in the Sky and In a Silent Way.
Alphonse Mouzon came to prominence in the ’70s as one of the top drummers on the burgeoning fusion scene, playing with premier acts like Weather Report and Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House.
Industry Spotlight Sweetwater Text and video by Miguel Monroy We recently had the opportunity to visit Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During our visit, Drums Senior Category Manager Randy Pratt and Drummer/Content Specialist Nick D’Virgilio gave us an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes at their state-of-the-art facility. They also talked about what […]
The Outlaws are one of the premier bands associated with the Southern-rock movement of the ’70s, and drummer Monte Yoho was with the group—dubbed Florida’s Guitar Army—at the very beginning. Early hits like the Yoho co-write “There Goes Another Love Song,” the classic update of the famous 1948 cowboy tale “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,” and the FM standard “Green Grass and High Tides” are still heard regularly on classic-rock radio.
Red Fang, the hard-rock/metal powerhouse from Portland, Oregon, released their fourth studio album, Only Ghosts, this past October. Drummer John Sherman is currently throwing down his blazing fills and powerful, no-frills grooves with the group as they tear across the country on tour through mid-December.
Drummer and sonic explorer Martin Brandlmayr continues to smear the increasingly blurred line between acoustic and electronic music on Radian’s newest release, On Dark Silent Off.
Born in Long Island, New York, Zummo began drumming at the early age of three when he discovered his dad’s drumkit. By the time he was seven he was an award-winning drummer, taking home the top prize in Long Island Drum Center’s Battle of the Beats. In 2004, Zummo helped found the drum ensemble Street Drum Corps with his partners Bobby and Adam Alt.
Recently a slew of products have been introduced that allow you to quickly modify your existing snare sound without having to break the bank on a new drum. Using these accessories, it’s possible to slash through a band, dry out your sound while adding beef, alter the drum’s pitch, finely attenuate frequencies and sustain, or enhance the snare with specialized effects, all within a matter of seconds. Let’s dig in!
We recently had the opportunity to visit Bruce Hagwood of RBH Drums at his workshop in Virginia Beach. He gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his drum-making process and shared a little about the history of his company.
Blonde Redhead formed in downtown Manhattan in 1993 around Japanese art students Kazu Makino (vocals) and Maki Takahashi (bass) and Italian twin brothers Simone (drums) and Amadeo Pace (guitar and vocals).
With a new album on the shelves, a new single topping the charts, and an extensive domestic tour underway, things are looking bright for veteran drummer Jamie Perkins of the Pretty Reckless.