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This still from behind his kit (from a video of a different song but shot at the same gig) shows THREE backup snares lined up on the riser beside him!
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His playing may be a waste of energy and there are indeed more efficient ways to hit a drum. But this guy is in his 20s. The 20yo guys who dont get this kind of energy out are the ones getting drunk and getting into fights.
 
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His playing may be a waste of energy and there are indeed more efficient ways to hit a drum. But this guy is in his 20s. The 20yo guys who dont get this kind of energy out are the ones getting drunk and getting into fights.
Yeah. I remember being in my 20s and having the ability to just go overboard on the kit without any issue. I went so hard with one band that I did develop mild carpal tunnel and had to wear wrist braces for a while. I think I still have those braces somewhere. Hopefully it never comes back.
 

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One of my, um, favorites ... is this B-side home demo, featuring Marshall Crenshaw playing everything including the "drums" which are mostly a marching bass drum and various percussion items, some homemade, multitracked to approximate the sound of a drum kit.
 

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One of my, um, favorites ... is this B-side home demo, featuring Marshall Crenshaw playing everything including the "drums" which are mostly a marching bass drum and various percussion items, some homemade, multitracked to approximate the sound of a drum kit.
I’ve played that 9 Volt Years LP many times. Know it extremely well. I usually favor power pop that’s a bit more produced and less “garagey,” but this is a fantastic collection of demos and odds. Yeah, I love how that song his him banging on a marching bass drum! Quite creative.
 

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I love hitting hard even when I don't mean to, lol...
Drummers enjoy hitting things, and I'm so happy to be one of them.

I absolutely LOVE hitting rim-shots with almost every back-beat I play.
That loud "pop" with a crispy crack at the rim sends me up the walls!
I rarely hit my snare without touching my rim, but I gotta have some loud rim-shots in most of the stuff that I play.
My sticks don't last so long hitting my snare this way, but I want listeners
in the back of the room to KNOW I was there.

My first Drum mentor who has taught me about playing in the Pocket,
Groove, Power, Tuning, Double-bass drumming, Snare work, Tom fills,
and Control... is my dear friend Alan Robinson whom I've met and
jammed with during my military duty days in Berlin Germany at
Andrews Barracks back in the mid 80s ( '86 - '88 ).
He always knew when to hit the drums hard n heavy, and when to play
soft and subtle, when to play tastefully, and when to pounce for the kill.
He taught me to play ON the beat, not fall behind it nor rush it.
All of that while I played bass alongside him in our band adventures
as The Virgin Boys, and as First Call, during my time in Berlin.
Alan, if you see this post and you're in this web group please contact me
dude I miss you and we have many cool rockin memories to share
and stories of our musical journeys to catch up with!
:headbang:


Drummer Anthony Martinez (of the legendary Black Flag, and Pigmy Love Circus)
spoiled me rotten with his drumming style and agility on the drums.
Them loud snare "pops"... oooooh Baby!
During his early career days with Pigmy Love Circus back in the 90s I used to hang out
at their rehearsals and go to their shows; I loved the band, but my eyes and ears
were always glued on Anthony...
His snare sound was so tight, and he always played with the butt ends
of his sticks, hitting rim-shots with every beat, tom fills were flawless,
and he never missed a Ping on the Ride bell.
His kick foot loud and solid in the pocket, and his snare exactly the same,
the dude's meter sounded so perfect, so On Point.
YouTube search for the Pigmy Love Circus "King Of L.A." and their
Ramones cover song "Beat On The Brat". Those are my standout faves.
Anthony's an awesome guitarist, but he's awesome-er on the drums!

Another influential drummer to me is Earl Hudson of Bad Brains...
...whoa! No explanations needed, if you've heard him on their early albums
he sounds "trashy" (except on "The Quickness", because of studio quality).
If you've heard and watched him play LIVE, the dude is a machine!
Every snare he struck never faltered from its original tone.
Alan Robinson, Earl Hudson and Anthony Martinez are my top favorites, along with....

... yep, Dave Grohl (Nirvana, QotSA). Dude's a solid meter power hitter!
His live set with Nirvana on Saturday Night Live
(in which he threw his entire drum kit off the stage after their 2nd song)
sealed the deal for me.

If I could only choose 4 favorite hard hitting drummers these four
are my top 4 favorites.

Sometimes I'll play with control and calmness. But when it's time to Rock
I just gotta punch holes through people's chest cavities every chance I get
cos I'm not getting any younger...
...I Want [people] to KNOW I was There.
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Drummer Anthony Martinez (of the legendary Black Flag, and Pigmy Love Circus)
spoiled me rotten with his drumming style and agility on the drums.
Them loud snare "pops"... oooooh Baby!
I've seen most of the Black Flag drummers play live, except for Emil and Anthony Martinez. Anthony's drumming on "Who's Got the 10 1/2?" is pretty strong.
 

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I've seen most of the Black Flag drummers play live, except for Emil and Anthony Martinez. Anthony's drumming on "Who's Got the 10 1/2?" is pretty strong.
The 10 1/2 live album is like a drummers "bible" for me. Had it on cassette and CD, lost em.
I found an mp3 of it on YouTube and saved it in my favorites. I ran a line out from the
headphone jack of my desktop PC (via 3.5mm headphone jack-to-stereo RCA chord)
into the RCA Aux In on the back of my stereo...
...when that "Gimme Gimme Gimme" song comes up I crank my stereo volume so I can
air-drum along to it.
That song + ankle/wrist weights + 2B sticks + drum pads = Aerobic Drum Workout! :thumbup:
 

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That 311 snare sounds nice for such a mellow riff.
I reaaallllyyy don't like that 311 snare sound because constant rim shots leaves you with very few places to go dynamically and it sounds way too abrasive and ringy to me. However, it was an artistic choice made by the drummer and the band. It was also the 90s where high-pitched snare drums (remember the "popcorn" 6x10 snare drums?!?) were everywhere as pop, rock, and alternative rock drummers tried to emulate the sound of drum machines used on hip-hop and reggae records.

I feel the same way about the infamous "St. Anger" snare sound and also the dude in the OP clip. It's a showmanship thing in the OP clip and an artistic choice on St. Anger. Not for me, but ok.

I do think the guy in the clip is hilarious and it cracks me up every time.
 

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I reaaallllyyy don't like that 311 snare sound because constant rim shots leaves you with very few places to go dynamically and it sounds way too abrasive and ringy to me. However, it was an artistic choice made by the drummer and the band. It was also the 90s where high-pitched snare drums (remember the "popcorn" 6x10 snare drums?!?) were everywhere as pop, rock, and alternative rock drummers tried to emulate the sound of drum machines used on hip-hop and reggae records.

I feel the same way about the infamous "St. Anger" snare sound and also the dude in the OP clip. It's a showmanship thing in the OP clip and an artistic choice on St. Anger. Not for me, but ok.

I do think the guy in the clip is hilarious and it cracks me up every time.

Check out this short video where the 311 drummer explains his snare tuning and playing technique ... he actually tunes a lot lower than I expected and uses a very shallow rimshot for that tone (check out the wear pattern on his snare batter). I suppose that means he can get some different tones and dynamics out of his snare setup than what I associate with that band (having not listened to much of them).

 


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