Chris Guglielmo: On My Playlist

We figured the eve of Bayside’s sixth release was an ideal time to see what kind of beats were swirling around drummer Chris Guglielmo’s noggin, especially since he and the rest of the Queens-bred band have been cooped up in the studio the last few weeks thinking about how to marry drum parts to the 11 songs on Cult. As august an occasion as the new album is, it only has an indirect bearing on the bands and the drummers that are lately rocking Guglielmo’s world. For a punk drummer, he has surprisingly well-rounded and informed taste.

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The Man: Mick Fleetwood
The Jam: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac from Rumours
Drum Moment: The drums in this song are so subtle and musical. To me, the fill going into the chorus has such an interesting placement, where it begins and when it ends with the crash on the 2 of the chorus. The fill is not super technical but very tasteful, and I love how rigid the fill sounds but still also has so much feel.

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The Man: Dave Grohl
The Jam: “The Collector” by Nine Inch Nails from With Teeth
Drum Moment: The time signature in the song is awesome. I count it as a measure of 6/8 followed by a measure of 7/8. You finally figure out the drum lick in the beginning and then the bass kicks in, which really is the hook of the verse. There is one beat in the measure of 7, where the bass plays a little trick on you. Happy listening.

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The Man: Jim Keltner
The Jam: “Short People” by Randy Newman from Little Criminals
Drum Moment: All I have to say about this one is pocket, pocket, pocket. When I first heard this song, I thought the snare was going to be on the 2 and the 4, but was pleasantly surprised when it ended up on the 3. It eventually touches upon the backbeat at the end of the song, but man, does that half-time feel good.

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The Man: Jon Theodore
The Jam: “L’Via L’viaquez” by The Mars Volta from Frances The Mute
Drum Moment: The verse groove is so choppy sounding with the quarter-notes on the closed hi-hat. The double strokes on the snare in the prechorus beat are so tasteful. The beat could just be played with a single ghost, but making it a double on the left hand really tightens up the drums and makes it sound even more crazy. Jon Theodore is a beast.

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The Man: Jesse Ingelevics
The Jam: “Young Cardinals” by Alexisonfire from Old Crows/Young Cardinals
Drum Moment: Jesse rips this super long, almost linear-style fill before the second chorus that starts as a floor tom beat and then completely drops out before the chorus. In the bridge of the song he has another long fill that he plays over the bar. You don’t really hear that much on albums, but this dude pulls it off so clean.