Drummer Faustine Hudson in this week’s Sound Check. She’s a K Records goddess of thunder, battering skins with flash and down home stomp panache. She’s prone to smile widely while she plays. See also her array of funky hats, dresses, and heels. She does not, however, wear utilikilts. Faustine’s drum kit includes a gong. A real gong. When she hits it, fire rains down from the sky. Additional gong questions were asked:
When did you know, "I need a gong. I am getting a gong. A real gong." Faustine: My old guitar player had a cheesy gong lying around the practice space, and I decided to use it. I realized it gave me a little freedom to wonder around the stage a bit. Then I started checking out real gongs. Them things get pretty expensive. I woke up on Christmas morning and found a gong underneath my Christmas tree from Santa Claus. Or maybe it was under my pillow from the tooth fairy. One of those holidays.
Is it a pain the ass to lug around? They are pretty heavy. Mine is rather small. 18 inch, thick, and heavier then any other cymbal. When you add it to the bag it definitely makes it heavier. I haven't taken it on any international tours as of yet, the thought of making my cymbal bag any heavier makes my shoulders ache.
Whalebones: "For the Sky" (Rough mix, to be released early Winter 2011)
Saturday, August 28th at Sunset Tavern is Faustine's 28th Birthday Bash with Whalebones, The Quiet Ones, Low Hums, and DJ Mike Stevens.