DW hardware: 9000 cymbal stands, 5500 hi-hat, 5000 turbo bass drum pedal; Heads - Remo: coated Emperor top and coated Ambassador bottom on toms;. Coated P3 batter and ebony P3 front with 6" Holz ring in centre of bass drum; coated Emperor-X top and Ambassador snare bottom on main snare; coated Emperor top and Ambassador bottom on side snare; Yamaha DTX; Audix mics; LP percussion; Travis Barker model cowbell, Zildjian Travis Barker sticks; Zildjian Travis Barker stick and cymbal bags; Zildjian Travis Barker practice pad; Metrophones headphones; JH Audio in-ears
Tell us about the new Transplants album.
“A majority of it was recorded here [Travis’ studio]. Then some over at Flea’s [Red Hot Chili Peppers] studio.
“We just go in and write songs in the studio. We had always said we wanted to do another album. We all regrouped after my plane crash and said, ‘We gotta do another album, tour and have some fun.’
“We finished that album quick. It was just a matter of figuring out where we were going to put it out. We ended up choosing Epitaph.
“We have really great chemistry in the studio. I think we wrote two to three songs a day and recorded them. Do your take and keep moving. It was a very spontaneous, high energy, punk rock album. We’ll go in the studio and I might start playing a beat and he [Tim Armstrong] will play guitar to it, or, he might play guitar, and I’ll play drums to it.
“We come in and listen to it and Rob goes, ‘Man, I really like that, that could be a verse, that could be a chorus.’”
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