Meet Southern Rock Showman Keith Wishon

Keith Wishon

By Andrew Lentz Originally published in the March 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine

Keith Wishon
EQUIPMENT Gretsch drums, Zildjian cymbals, Pearl hardware, Pro-Mark sticks.

Like the Cowboys’ offense, oil money, and big-haired women, there’s almost nothing subtle about Dallas-based drummer Keith Wishon’s beats. Influenced by showboating, media-savvy drummers such as Tommy Lee and Vinnie Paul, Wishon inflicts unstinting punishment on his 9-piece kit in his band Sik, purveyors of a familiar but satisfying Southern groove metal filled with all kinds of gnarly twists and turns. Though Sik manage to transcend their influences, Wishon sports many Vinnie-isms, especially the staccato double bass work. Rat-tat-tat kick topped with a relaxed 4/4 on sloshy hats is the principal attack, and he rarely strays from it, which is just fine for Texas-style brutality. Remarkably, Wishon recorded Sik’s debut EP, Eliminate The Weak, without a click. Wishon chalks this ability up to his years spent in marching band. That’s it: The Squid has officially declared drum corps mandatory for all drummers.

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