And now, weekend update, with DDRUM!
We had quite a week here in sunny Tampa Bay, last week. Yours truly, s holding down the fort on the Dean side, and handling all the usual ddrum shenanigans as well. As such, this blog will include a couple non-drummer artists as well!
We had a couple noteworthy visits to the office to the office last week. First up was the guys in Attila. This band is currently on a tour criss-crossing the country. They are what we like to refer to as a double-threat band, as the guitarists and bass player are all sporting Dean, while their drummer, Sean Heenan is holding it down with a new Reflex kit. Everyone in the band has been blown away by the sound and quality of this "lower line kit". Even going so far as to mention its superiority over some of the other "high-end" brands they have encountered on the road. With warm alder shells and a killer wrapped finish, these kits my prove to be the sleeper hit of the coming year.
On Friday, our offices received a visit from not one, but TWO members of the Mighty GWAR! Brad Roberts AKA Jizmak the Gusher, and his partner in low end, Beefcake the Mighty. The guys took the "nickel tour" of our humble facility, checking out our woodshop, and world-famous artist rooms. We then visited ddrum parts guru and customer service manager extraordinaire, Mike Petrak, where brad was able to pick up some spare parts for this current run. No one pummels a kit quite like Jizmak, luckily, no one makes a drum kit quite like ddrum. Later that night, joined by many of the staff here at the shop, I took in the Gwar show at the Ritz in Ybor City. Performance art, meets warriors from space, and collides with political and pop satire, while played by shredding musicians, and then covered in more blood and goo than a venue can hold. Stick that in a blender and hit "frappe". The band closed the evening with a piece from their upcoming record " Bloody Pit of Horror" a de-tuned masterpiece involving zombies…..what more can a Gwar fan ask for? Be sure to catch them on the road between now and December, as they tour the second half of their 25th anniversary, and look for the new record on November 9th 2010.