The bands and drum­mers you need to have on your radar this month

Mid-West rock­ers with an old-school sound

Rhythm - - CONTENTS -

The Mis­souri clas­sic rock­ers are about to em­bark on a mas­sive tour sup­port­ing Nick­el­back, which as you can imag­ine calls for some pretty big beats and a mas­sive, sta­dium-fill­ing sound. Their lat­est al­bum, RedHands Black­Deeds, is bluesy, com­bin­ing a clas­sic, hard-edged rock sound with huge beats from drum­mer Adam Ze­manek – and on the strength of this they’ll cer­tainly be giv­ing Daniel Adair and co a run for their money. The al­bum’s gui­tars were recorded us­ing old ana­logue gear and vin­tage amps, and Adam com­ple­ments the old-school feel ap­pro­pri­ately with a Big Rock Drums set-up. Check out ‘Soul­crusher’, the hooky ‘Off The Tracks’ and an­themic ‘Come Up’ for proof that th­ese Mid-West rock­ers can de­liver great rock tunes.

What was your in­tro­duc­tion to drum­ming?

“You know, to be hon­est, from the day I came into this world, I’ve al­ways fol­lowed in the foot­steps of my father. I came into this life with mu­sic evolv­ing all around me, but the funny thing is, my dad played gui­tar and I just wanted to beat on s**t! I mean, he tried teach­ing me his ways, but I had a dif­fer­ent vi­sion. From pots and pans, to a full size kit at the age of four that I re­ceived from my pappy as a Christ­mas gift, so ever since then, I’ve been hit­tin’ skins.”

Which Shaman’s Har­vest song per­fectly cap­tures your sound and style?

“I feel that my style moulds with the en­ergy from my other brothers in the band. Each song is dif­fer­ent, so we cap­ture every mo­ment to­gether. That’s what make us whole. One band with mul­ti­ple flavours to throw at you.”

The al­bum was recorded with a lot of clas­sic gui­tar gear, but what about your drum choices for the record­ing – did you go for vin­tage gear? Vin­tage rock drum sizes?

“I used a Gretsch USA Cus­tom Maple drum kit. 14"x8" steel drum snare, 13" rack tom, 16" and 18" floor toms with a 24" kick. I wanted the vin­tage size and sound.”

Do you work off the gui­tar or bass in cre­at­ing parts and grooves?

“We just keep it Zep­pelin, man – old-school – and get to­gether and jam. Some­one starts play­ing and it comes to­gether. My back­beat has al­ways in­volved both gui­tar and bass; it’s naked with­out one or the other.”

You’re tour­ing with Nick­el­back. Will that be the band’s big­gest au­di­ences to date?

“It’s crazy with the road we have all seen in the past, and have gone through to be on such an epic tour. The FeedTheMa­chine tour is no doubt mas­sive, and what a bless­ing it is to be a part of the act, but I would like to see the fu­ture of our band to reach the same goals that Nick­el­back has achieved – all or noth­ing, that’s how we roll.”

What’s the key to a great live per­for­mance?

“Prac­tice. Prac­tice, prac­tice, prac­tice. Lots of re­hearsals and pre­pro­duc­tion. Prac­tice makes per­fect, but at the same time you have to make it fun.”

How does your ap­proach dif­fer when you’re play­ing to sta­dium au­di­ences? Do you have to dial back some of the chops in favour of big­ger beats?

“I play the same for every venue we gig at –I don’t care if there’s only one per­son at the venue we play at, I’ll still per­form like we have a packed-out sta­dium.”

Who are your drum­ming he­roes?

“John Bon­ham, John Fred Young, Den­nis Cham­bers, Vin­nie Co­laiuta, Matt Halpern, Tommy Lee, Ian Paice, Keith Moon, Travis Barker, Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr, etc. There’s so many good play­ers out there, the list is end­less with me.”

What’s the best drum­ming ad­vice you have been given?

“Play as much as you can; don’t be afraid to learn dif­fer­ent tech­niques and styles, that’s what makes you ver­sa­tile… but don’t stress your­self when some­thing doesn’t fall into place. Prac­tice makes you good, not per­fect. You don’t have to be the very best – just be the best player that you can be.”

Adam (far right) is sup­port­ing Nick­el­back as part of Shaman’s Har­vest

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.