Vote! Pick your choice for the Best Drummers in Alternative Rock.
A few weeks ago I conducted a poll for the best bassists in alternative rock. (click here to see the results.)
It proved so popular, that I thought it would be fun to do the other important part of the rhythm section equation.
A drummer is in many ways, the most important part of the band dynamic. Sure, the vocals and guitar are the most notable elements, but it all turns to mush without the proper rhythmic foundation.
Drummers in alternative rock are notable because of their more esoteric approach to beats. Not always content with basic 4 on the floor time signature approaches, many are open to off-time signature rhythms or exotic instrumentation. Being unafraid to experiment with technology is another hallmark of the alt-rock drummer. Rather than worry about being replaced by technology, many experimented with drum loops and programs to compliment their already formidable musicianship.
So I’ve compiled a list of what are in my opinion, the 20 best drummers of the various alternative rock sub genres, including punk, new-wave, goth and grunge.
In some cases these are former drummers of the respective bands listed, but the band’s truly suffer in their absence.
So let your voice be heard and vote for your favorites! Voting will end this Sunday at midnight.
**UPDATE: Voting has been extended through Midnight Monday 6th. Winners will be announced on the 7th.
And if you feel I’ve made any glaring omissions, feel free to comment with your faves below. I might be inclined to add them to the ballot!
(FYI, pictured in collage are Dave Grohl of Nirvana, QOTSA (who have a new album coming out) and Them Crooked Vultures, Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins, Stephen Morris of New Order, and Matt Cameron of both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.)
In addition you can read an interview with Steve Kilbey who made both the bests bassists and lyricists lists by clicking here, and our interview with Tommy Victor who was #1 on our most underrated guitarist list, by clicking here.