Trying to get my drum chops back, I recorded a quick cover of "Sick Of This And That" from The Damned's incredible and legendary 'Black Album' (40 years old this year!) Serious face as I'm concentrating. Also, I now have a strong urge to invest in a double bass drum pedal. #mostunderratedband The Damned
This week I have been mostly digging out old recordings and videos from bands I used to play drums with, dating back to the '90's. This is just a smidgen. Enjoy!
Paint was a band formed by ex-members of Starclub who I auditioned for and became great mates with (not arf.) "Whitey", their original drummer, left to join a couple of quibbling brothers from Manchester and I stepped in. Lots of Camden gigs (you know the ones), some great recordings produced by JJ Burnel and a deal with Sacred/Sony. It all fell through as these things sometimes do. Shame because, as you can hear, we kicked serious arse.
After all this time, I still find it a bit difficult to talk about Glass Shark. It exploded very quickly for us - albeit on a local level - and then, equally quickly, it fell apart. As is often the case with difficult life lessons, I wish I'd dealt with it differently. What can I tell you? I was young and reckless. Looking back now, I'm incredibly proud of what we achieved and, to this day, people tell me how much they loved the band. That's pretty fucking cool.
PAINT London, 1995-1996 / Drums, vocals
"PAINT: three peroxide geezers, dressed in black, forging a tune-tastic post-punk strop. Yikes! They froth. They ferment! Their guitar goes "dagga-dagga!! Paint are precisely the kind of ragged rompers you fall over at 11pm away from the fashionable spotlight. Smashing!" NME (1995)
GLASS SHARK Cornwall, 2006-2008 / Drums, lead vocals
"The chorus power of prime time Nirvana, the danceability of the Gibb brothers on E and the 21st century techno-nous of New Yorkers like The Rapture. They have rapidly become one of the best live bands in the South West" Cornish Guardian (2006)
SONG EXPLOSION Detroit, 2011 / Instruments, vocals
Tam Johnstone's Song Explosion: a song and a video every week for a year.