Michael McManus: Tireless Drum Multitasker
By Andrew Lentz Originally published in the December 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine
EQUIPMENT Tama drums, Sabian cymbals, Pearl hardware, Vic Firth sticks, and Remo heads.
Michael McManus may seem like a meat-and-potatoes drummer at first, but make no mistake: Dude’s got the skills to pay the bills. On the track “Survive” from new Sick Puppies album Tri-Polar, the Memphis-based session player propels the track, sneaks in plenty of tasty accents, and never fails to land on the 1 — can’t ask much more from a drummer. McManus has worked in the past with big-name producers, including Paul Ebersold (Three Doors Down), tracked drums on the new album by hard rockers Deepfield, and plays live with Ingram Hill and Breaking Point. Better still, he has nabbed high-profile like the 2008 Grammys, dabbled in film scoring, and did a bumper for ESPN’s World’s Strongest Man. It all goes to show that drummers who aren’t permanent members of a platinum-selling act can — and do — live off beats alone.