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Rich is the newest member of the Rhythm team, having joined as Staff Writer in January. Since then he’s taken on the running of the Rhythm website, the magazine’s new bands section and also spends two days each month at the mag’s photo studio, where all of the beautiful gear you see reviewed each month is photographed. However, he can generally be found slumped in front of his computer scouring the net for new bands. Which is pretty much how he spent his days before joining Rhythm…
Drumming experience: Rich was taught his first beat by his dad and brother (it depends which one you ask) around 12 years ago. Since then he’s played in several bands with differing (from none at all to very little) levels of success gigging regularly around the hotbed of music that is the East Midlands.
Top 3 Drummers:
AC/DC – ‘Money Made’, Black Ice
Classic head down, blast it out rock from Phil Rudd and co.
Vince Neil – ‘Red Hot’, Live At The Whisky
Ah, a cut from Vince Neil’s ill-advised live album comprised pretty much exclusively of Mötley Crüe tracks. Brent Fitz’s drumming is great, but Vince’s yelping is less appealing.
Slash’s Snakepit – ‘Dime Store Rock’, It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere
Slash and Matt Sorum escape from Guns N’ Roses to record an often-overlooked album of classic rock gems.
Simon and Garfunkel – ‘Richard Cory’, Sound of Silence
Perhaps the finest ode to factory worker suicide ever recorded, and even better it features the drumming of the legendry Hal Blaine.
Amen – ‘Liberation’, Death Before Musick
Ah this takes me back to teenage angst. Powerful punk playing from Shannon Larkin helps make this track the audio equivalent of being repeatedly punched in the face. Which surprisingly is a good thing.