It’s not a stretch to say Tony Thaxton’s drumming is just as vital to Motion City Soundtrack’s DNA as frontman Justin Pierre’s infectious melodies and neurotic internal monologue. Trust me—my band shared a Minneapolis practice space with Motion City in the early aughts, when they cycled though timekeepers at a Spinal Tap-esque clip, searching in vain to find a rhythmic match to their curiously jagged, sugar-soaked songs. You could hear the potential, but the band was not quite awesome—mainly due to constant rhythm-section turnover.
For ten years, Jared Champion’s backbeat-infused, no-frills grooves have propelled the alternative chart-crushers Cage the Elephant. The group’s current tour runs through August, with additional select dates in September and October.
Brooklyn-based indie-rock band We Are Scientists’ fifth album, Helter Seltzer, released digitally this past April 22 and physically on June 3, is an advanced-level course in hook-ology.
Brian Kantor has worked with indie faves Vetiver, ex-Cardigans singer Nina Persson, and Shudder to Think guitarist Nathan Larson, has for the past five years has a member of the Fruit Bats, led by multi-instrumentalist Eric D. Johnson. In May the band released a brand-new album, Absolute Loser, which was recorded by Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood). Here we talk to Kantor about the making of the album and about his other projects, including his South County Music School.
Mr. Big founder and ex-Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert is releasing his seventeenth solo album today, ‘I Can Destroy’, featuring Thomas Lang on drums. Gilbert has performed in a number of musical projects over the years with Mike Portnoy, including the drummer’s Beatles tribute group Yellow Matter Custard, which played the Modern Drummer Festival in 2003. Gilbert talks about those gigs in the brand-new Episode 18 of his “Scarified” video series; we asked him to expand on the subject here.
We at Modern Drummer were saddened to hear of the passing of Dick DiCenso, the father of renowned drummer Dave DiCenso and the founder of Dick DiCenso’s Drum Shop, which was founded in 1982 and for twenty-three years served the Quincy, Massachusetts, area.
Texas trio Purple has released its second album, Bodacious, which makes for another great showcase for Hanna Brewer’s many talents. Modern Drummer Online asked Brewer about the making of album, and about her background as a singing drummer….
Drummer/composer Allison Miller’s new album, Otis Was a Polar Bear, once again features her Boom Tic Boom ensemble: pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Miller recently invited Modern Drummer into her Brooklyn, New York, home, to discuss the making of the album….
Prince’s massive appeal crossed genres and generations, and besides his singing, songwriting, and production prowess, the influential artist was adept on many instruments, including the drums. In fact, Prince and his longtime drummer John Blackwell appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in January of 2005, soon after the release of the Musicology album, which, like many of Prince’s records, featured him on drums on a number of tracks. Here we present our entire interview with Prince, which was conducted by MD associate editor Billy Amendola.
Longtime David Bowie drummer Dennis Davis passed away yesterday. Davis appeared on a string of Bowie studio albums in the ’70s, beginning with Young Americans in 1975 and ending with 1980’s Scary Monsters….
Modern Drummer sat down with drummer Tim Wyskida, formerly of the doom/avant-garde band Khanate, to get the lowdown on his drumming, the tracking of Before Ever After, and the band’s strangely sophisticated mixture of drone, noise, funk, prog rock, dub, and a host of other genres.
This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the May 2016 issue, which is available here. Spotlight Remo Belli How Time and Circumstance Gave Rise to the King of the Mylar Drumhead Remo is one of the…
While Mark Trombino may not be the most well-known drummer of the 1990s, you have more than likely heard his production work with bands like Jimmy Eat World and Blink-182. Since Jehu’s breakup in 1995, Mark got so busy producing that he hadn’t played the drums much in the time since. But the reunion show prompted a round of festival dates, and Drive Like Jehu is curating the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Wales this April. We spoke with Trombino shortly after their last show of 2015 at FunfunfunFest in Austin, Texas, about drumming, producing, and his DIY donut business….
For drummers who’ve learned to thrive in the YouTube era, the creation of fresh, sharable content that will grab viewers’ attention often enough to keep their buzz buzzing is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Night Verses’ quirky drummer, Aric Improta, is certainly keeping his name on the lips of drumming fans with his “Drum Chain: 9 Drummers 1 Song” video (see below), which has amassed more than 350,000 views since first being posted last August….