Sound Check Battles Drummer John Stanier
posted by September 3 at 11:47 AMon
Battles’ John Stanier is a battleship of a drummer. A wrecking ball timekeeper. A jackhammer metronome. A pressure cleaner of meter. He puts his head down and cannon-balls into beats. Stanier a beacon, leading the Battles cry. Their sound is scattered and jumpy at times, but they gather and rebound under his mile high crash cymbal and his perma-steady playing.
Stanier talked about that high cymbal and tried to come up with a description of the Battles sound. I have the deepest of drum love for the man, a respectful battleship drum love: