Drummers. Often mocked as the least important member of the band. Naysayers may claim that they just keep the beat and let the vocals and lead guitar take the glory. I’ve never bought into that stereotype and feel that drummers are the backbone of the band. See The National, Radiohead or Sleater-Kinney as relevant examples from our generation that have been made considerably better by their drummers. With the trend of two person bands, drummers have raised their stock – Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier is a great example.
Peter Wolf Crier are a shining example of what two guys can do when you have a great drummer. And not to blow sunshine up Shirk’s dress, but he did a great job producing this session. He dirties up Peter Pisano’s guitar and captures the live flavor of Peter Wolf Crier.
And back to the drumming, much like Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Brian Moen is always on the spot. The feedback and loops work incredibly well with Brian’s consistency on the drum kit. His effort gives Peter the freedom to create unique sounds and no matter what squeals out of the amps, Brian is always right there propelling the song forward. You put an inferior drummer in that spot and it could sound like a mess.
Download the tunes and get a taste, but I can’t stress how enjoyable they are live.
Video: Peter Wolf Crier – You’re So High (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)