Rock drummers are notoriously savage.
Sometimes unpredictable, often ungovernable, usually downright frisky and decidedly hot under the collar.
As a young singer in the late 80's my dad gave me "the drummer chat" explaining that if I dated one, I would end up spending a lot of time sewing my knickers back together. He also told me that drummers eat lard, and rig their kits with explosives just for larks.
See what I did there? I dug a huge hole, and now .....
I am going to do a very fast and clever backfill.
I will do this by explaining that drummers and percussionists are two very different animals.
Automatic Annie's new drummer, Simon Clark, is a percussionist and jazz drummer and this is a whole different order of musician entirely.
Controlled, creative and agile, brushing and syncopating with energetic elegance, Simon has blown all my preconceptions and experiences into the distance. As such I have respectfully put aside my bumper book of drummer jokes in order to admire Simon's cool and his undeniable musicality.
If Mensa made drummers ..... they would roll out Simon.
A truly skilled percussionist, vibraphone player, deep thinking musician and a gentleman.
We are truly delighted to welcome him to Automatic Annie.
Of course, it is still early days and he may just be on his best behaviour!
I will keep you posted.