What do you get when three of alternative rock's most renowned drummers come together to make an album? DRUMGASM. This percussion supergroup is made up of Pearl Jam's/Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, Sleater-Kinney's/Wild Flag's/Quasi's Janet Weiss, and Hella's/Death Grips' Zack Hill.
Weiss told SPIN that the group came together without any predetermined idea of what they were going to produce; so the 40-minute DRUMGASM album became just one long improvisation. "I just came up with the idea: What if we just rented a studio for a weekend?" she said. "We didn't have any plan as to what was gonna happen."
The album starts out with quick dialogue:
"What are you doing?"
"I don't know, man."
"Let's do something. Like we're thinking about this slow thing."
"Yeah, I'm into that."
This is just the spark that ignites the adrenaline-fueled cacophony to come. And suddenly, the trio takes off without hesitation into a rollercoaster of impossibly fast beats, which lead into funkier grooves, which then lead back into chaotic rhythm.
Although this album might not be for the casual listener, there is enough balance between sounds attacking from all directions and mellow, cohesive beats to keep the record from being overwhelming.
Twitter chatter suggests that fans are embracing the idea of a drum solo that takes up the better part of an hour.
I'm about 10 listens deep into this. It's the equivalent of The Grateful Dead's Drums/Space on meth instead of LSD. http://t.co/vLrwSch6Ef
— Anthony Biedenkapp (@AntShaw) August 25, 2013
It's been quite a long time since I last played, but Drumgasm is so awesome it might just get be back behind a kit again. — Spencer Everhart (@SpencerEverhart) August 24, 2013
The drumgasm record is crazy. It makes me want to go out and buy a drum kit.
— Aka Egwu (@aka_egwu) August 22, 2013
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