I was (very) recently contacted / hired by Bad Wolves to learn their set list. Their drummer, John Boecklin, hurt his back, & they were unsure if he'd be able to continue on tour. I learned ten songs over three days & was asked to remain on standby. Thankfully, in the week that followed, John's back started getting better, & he was able to push through. John & I got to talking a lot via text during that time and he is an INCREDIBLY nice guy. Needless to say, I'm glad that he was able to continue with his band!
I recorded a few videos of my favorites from the set - "Toast To The Ghost" is up first! These songs are fun as HELL to play - the outro to this one is HEAVY! If you haven't heard of Bad Wolves, check out their debut album "Disobey" - it rules. In general, it was great getting to know / talking to some of the members - they're all incredibly professional & very nice guys. Additionally, their cover of "Zombie" by The Cranberries, & what they're doing with the proceeds (donating them to the family / children of Dolores O'Riordan) is truly amazing. Very standup guys to say the least!
Mixing for this video was done by fellow Tama Artist / Sick Guy / GOOD BUDDY Anup Sastry. Anup killed it on the mix - drums are all natural except for the kick which is a natural / sample blend (ratio: 80% natural, 20% trigger). If you're looking for mixing / engineering work, please contact Anup using the email below -
This is the first video I've done using my beautiful new Tama SLP Dynamic Kapur kit. Specs are as followed -
14x7 John Tempesta Signature Snare Drum
Meinl cymbal setup is as followed (from left to right, if sitting behind the kit) -
18" Byzance Brilliant Medium Crash
14" Byzance Traditional Medium Hi-Hats
19" Byzance Brilliant Medium Thin Crash
20" MB20 Heavy Bell Ride
18" Pure Alloy China
Remo Drumheads used in this video -
Coated Emperor over Hazy Ambassador on Snare
Clear Emperor over Clear Ambassador on Toms
Coated PS3 over Fyberskin Reso on Kick
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Alex Rudinger - Bad Wolves - "Toast To The Ghost"