Groove Analysis: John Stanier’s Odd Chops
For “South Paw,” Stanier borrows the Motown groove that’s characterized by the snare landing on all the beats and the bass drum punctuating the &’s underneath. Though his groove is the only thing reminiscent of Motown in the song, this type of groove adds a lot of forward momentum at this bright tempo.
On “Waratorium,” Stanier plays a repeating groove in 6/4 that he breaks up with the rare fill, as seen in the second line. A more slamming variation of the groove has him playing sloshy hi-hats and omitting some unnecessary notes.