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

Hard-hit­ting melodic rock Watch out for these Welsh noiseniks

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Hail­ing from Brid­gend, South Wales, this hard-hit­ting five piece pre­miered their sin­gle, ‘Fear The Bro­ken’ through ker­ 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.”

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