By Waldo The Squid Originally published in the August 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine
EQUIPMENT Tama drums and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, Regal Tip sticks, LP percussion, Randal May EA internal miking system
Ric Martelino’s early professional career reads like a cautionary tale. After years of playing the bar-band circuit, Martelino caught a break after joining Shock TU. With a demo produced by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and a major-label deal, the future looked bright. But then legal wrangling and, ultimately, the grunge invasion, put an end to it. His current project, The Damnits, serve up power-pop ditties far more professional-sounding than their unsigned status would lead you to believe. Drum wise, debut album Songs For Sugarpants’ best tune is “Biscuits And Bluegrass,” where double-bass accents and unexpected tom notes complement a greasy deep pocket. Follow-up EP Something So Beautiful shows Martelino using even more double bass and hard-rock flourishes, a deliberate move to toughen up the band’s sound. But Martelino isn’t on a blind pursuit of stardom. Attending clinics and steady local gigs point to a genuine love of the craft.