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.