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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Battles Drummer John Stanier

posted by on September 3 at 11:47 AM

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:

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Is this the dude from Helmet?

Posted by I-Ree | September 3, 2008 12:22 PM

Yes it is.

Posted by trent moorman | September 3, 2008 12:35 PM

I love the look on his face when you tell him that you love him.


Posted by KELLY O | September 3, 2008 12:35 PM

Pressure cleaner of meter. I like that. I also like drum porn. Very awesome interview. He seems like a stern guy but he was obviously enjoying it.

Posted by Bill C. | September 3, 2008 2:41 PM

I can't believe I watched all 3:39 of that. You guys talked about, like, nothing. But I agree, he's a great drummer.

Posted by Mattydread | September 3, 2008 4:57 PM

I know I'm in the minority here, but he's the only part of Battles I find interesting or fun. But man Trent, do I share your "drum love" for this man! I will go to Battles shows just to watch that man sweat and completely rule for an hour. He is truly unbelievable.

Posted by bunnypuncher | September 3, 2008 11:03 PM

great interview, trent. if that had been a bass player, i'm willing to bet it would not have been so enthralling. ;)

Posted by jon.e.rock | September 4, 2008 8:28 AM

I described Battles' sound thusly:

"It is as if Primus and Fugazi fucked and produced an alien baby."

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | September 4, 2008 9:53 AM

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