This list is in no specific order, because I adore of all em!
I shall be updating it as the days go. Thank you!
I) Eugene Moore – The Salvadors
Moore, to the right, was a key piece of The Salvadors along with Eddy Sheens, providing the incredible rhythm this five piece gave their niche audience. A band with so much talent and just one album and two EPs. All releases are worth the listen. Moore’s energetic and instinctually precise drumming gives every song a little trademark. I’m still hopeful they’ll return one day.
II) Derek “Knuckles” Brown – Eels (and drum technician for The Decemberists, apparently!)
Brown’s eccentric, stream of consciousness style of beating the drumset into submission has become a signature live aspect of The Eels’ latest tours. On occasion, he takes the center stage to perform after the band introduction with a song written by himself. He may not be the flashiest drummer, the most known, the most anything…but he gets the job done and also brought back to Eels the much needed eclectic drum patterns. For instance:
III) Grant Hutchison – Frightened Rabbit/Mastersystem
There’s been plenty of articles praising his brother Scott’s lyricism and songwriting, but since Grant joined Frightened Rabbit, the songwriting inevitably changed. And so did the production needed to mix the astoundingly loud drumming he provides. Not only does he give the songs a tense edge and a crescendo like quality, he creates very intricate beats and has no problem in staying minimalistic if it helps the song. A true drummer doesn’t wanna show off, he wants to be a part of more. Good on ya, Grant.
IV) John Drake
I don’t have many words, because I can’t find any. But listen to this song and tell me he ain’t in control.
V) Jon Mueller
The mastermind drummer, who I simply admire to a point where I’d let him walk over me and thank him, has participated in more projects and recorded more genres than you could think of. Trust me, I own all his work.
From Collections Of Colonies of Bees to Volcano Choir to Mind Over Mirrors to Pele to Raccoons to Death Blues. His shows and presence are hypnotic.
VI) Steve Kleisath
This fucking beast of the kit can do anything. I believe he is left handed, which would explain why he’s so amazing and also my deep desire that I was left handed too. There isn’t a lot I can say that you can’t deduce from the link I’m leaving below. Needless to say, I was raised with his drumming as a musician.