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Old 05-02-2008, 01:55 AM
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Alan Wren from the Stone Roses, I really like this dude, he is very funky and tight. I love the drumming on the song "I am the ressurection". Those little high hat fills he plays in the bridge of the song are awesome. He has a very laidback and creative style. Also I think he is one of the first drummers to utilize a three-peice drum kit. A thing that many indie drummers will take influence from many years after the Stone Roses. Very underrated drummer.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:08 AM
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Plus, the iconic bucket hat!
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Old 05-03-2008, 04:45 PM
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It was Reni who got me playing drums, his playing on the Second Coming is hugely underrated.

Heard a few stories about him being quite a strange character though!?
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:39 AM
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It was Reni who got me playing drums, his playing on the Second Coming is hugely underrated.

Heard a few stories about him being quite a strange character though!?
I'd like to hear these strange stories! =p
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:15 AM
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Heard one from a reliable source that in his band after he left the Roses, they were in a van on tour in the middle of nowhere on some Motorway & one of the members decided to start a discussion on Politics only for him & the rest of the band to be kicked out the van & left there on the spot by Reni. There were other stories but I don't want to paint a bad picture of a great Drummer & someone I've never met.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:05 PM
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Default Re: Alan Wren

My Main influence form a drumming point of view by far, totally underated by the drumming world. He may well have been strange but lets not forget Keith Moon, my other main influence.

I'd love to see some vids up but I think they are few and far between,anyone know what he's up to now?
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:19 PM
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My Main influence form a drumming point of view by far, totally underated by the drumming world. He may well have been strange but lets not forget Keith Moon, my other main influence.

I'd love to see some vids up but I think they are few and far between,anyone know what he's up to now?
Bump, anyone have any information on what Reni may be doing now, a huge talent as has been mentioned here,

Check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umwQG...eature=related
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:30 AM
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I've been working with a guy who worked on The Second Coming at Rockfield (we've been recording there too), and he had some funny stories about that whole time and some good uns about Reni. Me being a big fan asked him a lot.

He used to ask Reni if he'd mind him sitting in the room to listen/watch him do his drum track/run thru's/warm ups - sometimes he'd go on for ages but it was always something to watch and hear.

One day he turned up (they were notorious for not being there at all, the studio guys just sat around for months on end) so they started to get all his drums ready 'wow, we may get something here!!', he walked in and asked where the others were 'we havent seen anyone for ages' came the reply. So, he just nips to the loo for a pee, doesn't come back for weeks and weeks.

Turns out he jumped outta the window, walked across all the fields, hitchiked to London, slept on mates sofas and became really ill. Eventually he walked back in, looking ill and very slim, but started work on the album.

So yeah, bit of a strange one, he is also as good on guitar as he is on drums apparently.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:08 PM
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Lilbonzo, Thanks so much for sharing, I have read a few articles about the struggles associated with making the "Second Coming", it's great to get some stories from such a unique perspective.

What was your experience of recording at Rockfield like, If I recall, don't you have to get to the studio by boat?

All the best
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:13 PM
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Lilbonzo, Thanks so much for sharing, I have read a few articles about the struggles associated with making the "Second Coming", it's great to get some stories from such a unique perspective.

What was your experience of recording at Rockfield like, If I recall, don't you have to get to the studio by boat?

All the best
No, that's the studio in the west country (can't remember the name). Rockfield is a farm in Wales outside the village of Monmouth. Been going since 1969 I think.

Hawkwind, Queen (I played the bohemian rhapsody piano while I was there!!), Oasis, Stone Roses, Robert Plant etc etc.

Great place, the old echo chambers are immense, so are the 19 pubs in the local village. Loved it, might be back there again soon.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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did some Google detective work, its Sawmill Studios, in Cornwall.

Here's the link:

http://www.sawmills.co.uk/

Can't imagine how you go about loading in a kit!
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:51 PM
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did some Google detective work, its Sawmill Studios, in Cornwall.

Here's the link:

http://www.sawmills.co.uk/

Can't imagine how you go about loading in a kit!
Sawmills, well done you!! ... Yeah, its tidal too I think, so if ya get a boat to the pub and stay a bit late, you cant get back to the studio.

I might be going to Grouse Lodge (Ireland) in march, another good un.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:15 PM
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Default Re: Alan Wren

Watched the Stone Roses live at Heaton Park last night - completely underrated drummer. Even better live than on record, his groove is right on the money.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:37 PM
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He was great at the Dublin reunion show they did earlier this year.

Was pleasantly surprised to see how good the band were live after returning.

Also don't forget the amazing backing vocals he recorded for the albums.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:59 PM
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Another great video I recently found, it's the drum only track for "Love Spreads", which was the first single off the Roses second album, "Second Coming"

It really underlines the subtlety of his playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iePKcrATSA#t=50
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