Being in a band seems to have rigid roles. I’ve sat down with my fair share of singers. They see most of the spotlight, whether decidedly or by default. When I do press, they are always the ones sent to promote and answer all the questions. But what about the drummer? What about the bass player? Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar, hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally just stab Caesar!
Sorry…tangent. Back to bass players, to my drummer drabble. Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band once said, “I have to give my family credit for putting up with the racket, because, as some of you may know, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to live with a kid who’s trying to become a rock and roll drummer.” However, most singers would probably say that that’s actually overaccurate and that it would have been just as genuine had it been worded, “It’s not the easiest thing in the world to live with… a drummer.”
There are some non-singers who have paved the way for those other people in the band. I’m sure every list varies, but we may have some of the same. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin once said, “John [Bonham] was the greatest drummer in the world. I know this because he told me so.” Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, Ringo Starr, Buddy Rich, Dave Grohl – you think you can be a drummer and not talk about them? Who do you think you are? They like invented drumming, you know what I mean?
I’ve seen some shows where the drummer and bass player take a lot of slander from the singer. Where they get reproach instead of recognition. Where they endure a lot of insults and that is an injustice so I’m emphasizing those who have been ignored, including Jeff Young and Allan Henry of Splash Panel. Don’t be fooled if Jeff and Allan may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bags, because in reality, they’re so much more than that.
Also, Jeff’s hair is so big because it’s full of secrets. And I’m sorry for telling everyone about it. And I’m sorry for repeating it now. After this article they’re sorry if people are jealous of them, but they can’t help it they’re so popular.
This weekend you can catch a lot of those other guys that make up the band. Tongue and Cheek will be world premiering their song “Shake, Shake, Shake” today at 5 P.M. on Live and Local with Nick Nash on Eagle 107.5 . They are also having a River City release of their new disc, “Snatch This Up” tonight at 9 P.M. with special guests Youth Gone Wild. Also tonight SIN will be Back at Triple Play Cafe. Finally, What Great Fangs, Splash Panel, and Travis Hoard & The MerpStars will be grooving at Goodfellas Bar and Grille, a triple band show on Saturday at 9:30.
*Jeff Young Photo courtesy of GMPhotography.