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Hard-hitting melodic rock Watch out for these Welsh noiseniks
Hailing from Bridgend, South Wales, this hard-hitting five piece premiered their single, ‘Fear The Broken’ through kerrang.com and have since gone on to sign with Earache Records. Their mission, they say, is to, “write great songs, play as many shows as possible and become another successful Welsh export”. Let’s meet their drummer, Ronnie Huxford...
What was your introduction to drumming?
“I was very fortunate growing up as my dad was a session musician. Having a view from side of stage or from an orchestra pit, even going on to work behind the scenes in shows and pantos gave me a real passion for music. My love grew even stronger when my old music teacher stormed into my geography class. I was 13 and he was furious that I hadn’t chosen music for exams, he pulled me out of that class, explained that I wasn’t returning and he would ring my parents to let them know! He then escorted me to the music room where there was a room full of boxes. He said my first lesson was to open the boxes and set up what turned out to be a drum kit. Once the kit was set up, we tuned it whilst he gave guide notes on the piano then we spent the afternoon jamming. That was it! I had the bug. I owe a lot to Mr Peter Jones and his encouragement.”
Who are your drumming heroes?
“Dave Grohl was the first drummer I connected with. I was a Nirvana fan but the way he played the drums was hypnotic and as the years went on he inspired me to become a songwriter as well as hitting the shit out of my drums. Stewart Copeland, this is a drummer that blows my mind with his grooves! I bought Reggattade Blanc on vinyl in the late 90s and wore the needle out trying work out what he was playing. I also love the way he would jam live with The Police not doing a drum solo but pure feel on their instrumental breakdowns.”
Which TDC song perfectly captures your sound and style?
“I’m a self-taught rock drummer. ‘Seven Days’ or ‘Say It’ are great examples of how I like to play.”
What has been the proudest moment of your career to date?
“Having my wife and children watch us play a festival, and them hearing the crowd sing our songs back to us.”
What gear are you using (drums, cymbals, heads, sticks, hardware), and why those brands?
“I play a Gretsch Catalina Rock kit (24" kick, 13" rack tom, 16" and 18" floor toms) thatI bought on eBay and fell in love with the tone, I always wanted to try bigger sounding drums. I use a Gretsch 14"x8" deep Cherry maple snare, which is loud, cuts through, and complements the deep tones of the kit. My cymbals are Zildjian. 14" A custom hi-hats, 20" A custom crash, 22" K ride, 21" sweet ride, which I use as a crash. I have tried many cymbal brands over the years, but Zildjian are always my first choice. I’m currently endorsed by the London Drumstick Company and I have my own signature drum sticks.”
What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t live without?
“After some great advice from my friend who is an incredible drummer and co owner of Drum Depot, Cardiff (Bret Sawmy), I was told the importance of a good drum stool!”
What was the first kit you ever owned?
“My dad gave me an old premier jazz kit, which would be worth a lot of money now, sadly I was 14 and clueless and I wanted a black kit as it would look cooler, rather than a red sparkle so traded for a Hohner Lex. Still a massive regret to this day.”
What’s the key to a great live performance?
“Enjoy what you’re doing, as if it’s your last.”