Equipment: Pearl drums and hardware; Sabian cymbals; Mapex, Pearl, and Dixon hardware; Sonor and Pearl pedals, Remo heads; Vater sticks; Ddrum triggers; Roland brain.
Damn, it’s nice to see the ladies getting their death metal on. Not that The Squid was doubtful when he opened the package by Montreal metal-grrrl Gabrielle Morin, but you have to admit there aren’t too many females as brutale as this Québecois lass. The metal blogosphere is blowing up with her praises, and it’s easy to see why after listening to Isolated, the new release from her band, Deeply Confused, in which she doles out a steady stream of tech-deth punishment. It’s no wonder she plays as effortlessly as she does considering she was a student of Cryptopsy’s Flo Mounier. In fact, her Pearl/Sabian setup is remarkably similar to Monsieur Mounier’s, but that’s probably just because it’s a bomb combo regardless. Having just signed with Dane Records, there is little doubt you’ll be seeing more of Morin and Deeply Confused from a future moshpit near you.
Kelsey Drayton is our Joe The Plumber. Playing in a rock band by night and teaching by day, he is all too familiar with the daily grind that must be endured until the big break comes. Before he was doing battle in the music performance wasteland of Los Angeles, there were the formative years of banging around on assorted instruments in elementary school before he got his first kit, and finally, a bachelor’s in percussion performance at Northern Arizona University. On Why, the new release from his band, Shattered Atom, you can really see the influence of his specific degree as he fills out the crevices in the band’s soft progressive pop with unabashed bronze bashing, not to mention pithy yet subtle fills, limb independence without losing the rocker’s sense of backbeats, fills-as-beats type things, and even the pro-level job he did of miking his individual drums. Here’s to the working drummer.