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Old 12-10-2010, 07:16 PM
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I am quite interested to know of any artists getting around using two drummers.

I'm not simply talking a drummer and a percussionist, I'm talking two full drum kits and making it work.

Best example so far (heavier) I've been able to find is a band called Kylesa, a Georgian sludge type band. They use two drums to great affect, and not simply to create a wall of noise, they use it for tone and effect.

Are there many bands getting around with two drummers?
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The Melvins have been doing this for the last few years. Both great drummers, too, so it's pretty dang cool. And since one is left handed, they sometimes share floor toms and cymbals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyclzAhty8Y
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The Melvins have been doing this for the last few years. Both great drummers, too, so it's pretty dang cool. And since one is left handed, they sometimes share floor toms and cymbals.

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The Grateful Dead had two drummers for a while, IIRC...
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The Outlaws had 2 drummers in the mid 70's and it sounded fantastic! Check out the Bring 'Em Back Alive album if you can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdYer_ImgVY

Also found a more recent video with 2 drummers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up98rbg_IlQ&NR=1
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Grateful Dead were already mentioned...they had one drummer from about '70-'72, the rest of the time they had two. After Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 they continued to gig as Dead

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I saw Kylesa open for Lacuna Coil a few years back.

I couldn't figure out why they had two drummers. They both pretty much played the same things. There was only one song where the two did something different enough to even register as "two different drum parts". For the most part, it seemed redundant.
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I've never been a fan, but that is the only band I've ever heard use two drummers what really made sense why they had two.

I remember being very relieved reading they had two drummers one day, and realizing oh, that's how the drummer plays that part on *insert one of their radio hits*. It used to baffle me how it sounded like there was a two handed tom pattern AND hi-hats going at the same same..
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Joshua Redman has done some stuff with a double trio. Him, two bass players and two drummers. It's nothing less than awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...uble+trio&aq=0

Barracuda is an uptempo song with double drum solo and Moonlight is a ballad..
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Christian band called "the newsboys" check out breakfast, i dont like them but the show was outstanding
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better yet here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxHy4...eature=related
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I saw Kylesa open for Lacuna Coil a few years back.

I couldn't figure out why they had two drummers. They both pretty much played the same things. There was only one song where the two did something different enough to even register as "two different drum parts". For the most part, it seemed redundant.
Why do two guitarists play the same riff... It's all about tone and making the music sound heavy, they massively detune their guitars, they use two vocalists, it's just all about sounding big and heavy, two drums don't sound identical, so having both sound at once is kind of cool.

Some good suggestions so far, I was reminded of The Mars Volta, they often do some really cool things with Percussion, when I saw them they had eight or nine members on stage.
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Grateful Dead were already mentioned...they had one drummer from about '70-'72, the rest of the time they had two. After Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 they continued to gig as Dead

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Yeah I always wondered how The Grateful Deal managed to get such an empty flat, weak sound with 2 drummers. Yuck. Sorry to you deadheads out there!
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A great example of this is Frank Zappa's live record "Roxy & Elsewhere". On this record you have Chester Thompson and Ralph Humphrey. Two amazing drummers. Unfortunately I can't find any links to the specific recordings. I think rather than making the sound more defined or heavier, two drummers can work to compliment each others' styles.
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Last night I went to KROQ'a Almost Acoustic Christmas and 2 of the bands had 2 drummers.

First was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P65rmoAnA0Q

Second was Phoenix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isdwi4PyR-c

Both drummers in Edward Sharpe pretty much played in sync. The second drummer for Phoenix was kin of hidden in the back left and he also played some other stuff.

The night was pretty much a total loss as far as music is concerned with the exception of The Black Keys.
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I first saw Foreigner in 1978 and Lou Gramm played the kit 'at certain times, not on all songs' along with the regular drummer at the concert. I can't remember how many songs he played on but it was cool.
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The keys are always great, I've always found they are more about the guitar tone then the drums though.

Now to get back on topic, some great suggestions guys, I've seen a fair few videos floating around of the old classic drum off between two greats but I'm more after bands that regularly utilize this rare, underused phenomenon, tempted to do it myself.

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Last night I went to KROQ'a Almost Acoustic Christmas and 2 of the bands had 2 drummers.

First was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P65rmoAnA0Q

Second was Phoenix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isdwi4PyR-c

Both drummers in Edward Sharpe pretty much played in sync. The second drummer for Phoenix was kin of hidden in the back left and he also played some other stuff.

The night was pretty much a total loss as far as music is concerned with the exception of The Black Keys.
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I know that Régine Chassagne of Arcade fire will play on an aux drumkit for some of their songs- they sound pretty good together and I was recently at a gig of the British band James and they at points in the show had not 1 or 2 but 3 drummers- it was pretty cool

The drummer's kit has a smaller kit connected to his kit- they share a couple of cymbals and the guitarist will play songs with the drummer.

Then for one song there was the drummer and then the guitarist went and sat on the second kit and the keyboard player took a floor tom and so there were 3 of them.

Not sure if thats the kind of thing the OP meant?
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I am quite interested to know of any artists getting around using two drummers.

I'm not simply talking a drummer and a percussionist, I'm talking two full drum kits and making it work.

Best example so far (heavier) I've been able to find is a band called Kylesa, a Georgian sludge type band. They use two drums to great affect, and not simply to create a wall of noise, they use it for tone and effect.

Are there many bands getting around with two drummers?
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Godsmack yet. They were VERY popular in the late 90s/early 2000s. Their hit song "Voodoo" was so overplayed that to this day I'm not sure I want to hear it again!

Your post reminded me of an article back then about their unusual setup with having a lead singer who could play the drums. I looked them up and it looks like it's a tradition at a Godsmack concert to have a "drumming duel." This may still not be what you're looking for, though. As it doesn't appear this was a permanent setup for all songs. Just something the singer would do intermittently. Kind of like with Phil Collins' setup I guess.
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned Godsmack yet. They were VERY popular in the late 90s/early 2000s. Their hit song "Voodoo" was so overplayed that to this day I'm not sure I want to hear it again!

Your post reminded me of an article back then about their unusual setup with having a lead singer who could play the drums. I looked them up and it looks like it's a tradition at a Godsmack concert to have a "drumming duel." This may still not be what you're looking for, though. As it doesn't appear this was a permanent setup for all songs. Just something the singer would do intermittently. Kind of like with Phil Collins' setup I guess.
Yes, Godsmack's lead singer is a drummer, and he played all the drum parts on their 1st album.

But other than during the drum solo section of their set (i.e. the drum duel) they don't actually use two drum kits on any of their songs. Percussion, yes, but not two full kits.
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Yes, Godsmack's lead singer is a drummer, and he played all the drum parts on their 1st album.

But other than during the drum solo section of their set (i.e. the drum duel) they don't actually use two drum kits on any of their songs. Percussion, yes, but not two full kits.
Two of my favourite bands (Agalloch and Katatonia) have vocalists, both different, who also used to play drums on the earlier albums, it never really lasts.

As someone that occasionally does vocals (dirty) it is next to impossible to growl sitting down, which makes drumming and doing vocals incredibly difficult, to the point it is impossible live.

I think as drummers we do enough multitasking with limb independence that we shouldn't really be expected to do the vocals as well.
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Two of my favourite bands (Agalloch and Katatonia) have vocalists, both different, who also used to play drums on the earlier albums, it never really lasts.

As someone that occasionally does vocals (dirty) it is next to impossible to growl sitting down, which makes drumming and doing vocals incredibly difficult, to the point it is impossible live.

I think as drummers we do enough multitasking with limb independence that we shouldn't really be expected to do the vocals as well.
You can add Aerosmith and Journey has bands who have/had a lead singer who were drummers, but don't play drums in their bands.
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Dare I say it ... Gary Glitter, who is maybe the pinnacle of bad taste in more ways than one ...

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I thought that there were always at least two drummers in every band - the drummer and then the lead singer/guitarist/bass player who think that they should tell the drummer what to play - lol!


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That kind of reminds me of an annoyance I have whenever I think of doing something with someone, the guitarist/vocalist always decides to come up with the drum parts, they always want certain things from the drums, but when it comes to me telling the guitarists what to do, never works that way, no matter who is really in charge of the project.

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Showaddywaddy and the Glitter Band (both 1970s bubble-gum English pop bands) had two drummers.

The drummer from Showaddywaddy would from time to time leap over his kid mid-song and start dancing at the front of the stage.

Wouldn't mind seeing Neil Peart do that!
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Just had to bump this after finding this video, I've always admired Cult of Luna, their commitment to unconventional, naturally progressing, long tracks that tell stories is something I try my hardest to emulate while staying true to myself.

Four guitars, two drum kits, a synth. Second drummer doing percussion at the beginning, gets very very interesting towards the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n20GK88mw88
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