Introducing The Boingy Boingy Rock Band
Okay, so, maybe this video doesn't count as news, but it was too silly not to post. Let us introduce you to Canada's very own Boingy Boingy Rock Band – a band revolving around a bouncy drum set. Possibly the wackiest idea ever, the first minute of watching the band perform with drummer Charlie Rose bouncing up and down on a slinky-inspired setup might be mildly entertaining, but after the initial 30 seconds of confusion (slash) hilarity, we found ourselves asking, "But ... wait, why?" Check out this snippet from the band's set in Pender Harbor, British Columbia last May and see for yourself. Oh, Canadians – you guys and your moose and bouncy drums!
BulletBoys Drummer Dies in Car Accident
One-time BulletBoys drummer Johnny Giosa, perhaps best known as Johnny G, was killed in a car accident on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 42.
Here is the Facebook post the band made regarding Giosa's passing: "I post this message with a heavy heavy heart...Words can not express how devastated I am to hear about my friends passing, Mr. Johnny G. My sincerest condolences to his family and the ones he loved. We're all going to miss you brother! RIP....Skinnard!!"
Giosa dabbled in other creative fields, such as acting, modeling and hair styling. He enjoyed stints in bands in both Philly and LA, but the BulletBoys were his most recent musical gig.
Cipher Drummer Danny Bobis' Body Found
Sad news reaches the drumming community with the discovery of Cipher drummer Daniel Bobis' body. The 32-year-old had gone missing after a surfing accident in Indonesia. He had apparently hit another surfer's board after emerging from the barrel of a powerful, 10-foot wave. His leash broke and his board washed to shore. Just a few days later, a local fisherman discovered his body about 20 miles from where he'd last been seen.
Bobis was a math teacher and coach at Long Beach High in New York. He taught karate, was an environmental activist, and started a competitive surf team at the high school.
"He was such a staple in the community," said close friend Sean Pearsall. "There were just so many people whose lives he touched. He did more in 32 years than most people do in 80. He definitely lived his life to the fullest and that's how he was every day."
Novembers Doom Seeks Replacement Drummer
Chicago's Novembers Doom has announced that the band is now on the hunt for a new drummer. Doom recently parted ways with drummer Sasha Horn "due to distance and Sasha's pursuit and focus in other directions," according to a statement by the band.
George Kollias: Footage From Stockholm Clinic
Check out Niles' blast-beat metal extremist George Kollias in this 10-minute video clip he posted from a recent clinic. The footage from 4sound in Stockholm, Sweden gives us just a taste of the blistering speed of his hands and feet around the kit, through his quick fills and fast footwork.
George is writing and recording a solo album in between drum clinics and touring cycles. Due before the end of the year, the CD is primarily set to show off some of his craziest metal drumming to date.
"The drumming will be crazy on this album; I will push it like never before, since the whole idea is to write something based on drums anyways. Although I will pay attention a lot to the music in general, and I arranged to have some of the best guitarists in the world playing some guest solos for the songs, which is great! This is just a first demo… nothing final yet… but the final thing will be crazy and will sound incredible!!"