Latin Percussion 160 Cyclops Tambourine; Latin Percussion cowbell; Remo Black Dot heads; DW hardware: 6710 straight cymbal stands; DW 9000 bass pedal; Vic Firth Super 5B sticks.
How about your drum sound for the recording sessions?
“I really enjoy the single-head drum sound. The old-style concert toms. My kit basically is black dot heads on top and no bottom heads, so the concert tom sound. It seems to work really well. We’ve had a lot of great compliments and people have commented on the sound we’re getting.
“I like that dry, in-your-face kind of sound. It’s not a pretty sound, but I think it’s a really amazing sound for the band. Like anything, it wouldn’t work for everybody but it really works for what we’re doing.
“I’m actually really looking forward to recording that way [using concert toms]. Some songs on Era Vulgaris are that way but not all of them. That’s all my plan for now. Obviously a big dry drum sound is what I love, but we’ll see.
“It’s always a game with Queens and it’s always something different for each song. Each song always holds something - we try to anyway. I’m sure it’ll be something weird with something going on with the drums, it always is.
“For the tone I use just a little bit of Moongel for the rack and the floor. For the snares I use a ring with a bit of Moongel.”