By Bethany Rose
Uhhh.. Where’s the drummer?
I know by now you realize that, yes, we don’t have a drummer. We are a rock band without a drummer. But why?
The truth is we’re a dynamic trio. We’ve been best friends LONG before we started writing music. For the last few years, it’s just been the 3 of us jamming covers for fun. We’ve made all kinds of excuses in the past for not starting a band. We put off writing our own music for years mainly because we didn’t know a drummer that would fit our vibe or want to join us. We thought “we can’t be a band without a drummer.” And so we did nothing. We had our fun and put down our dreams of music ever being more than a hobby. Until, one day, we just couldn’t deny it any longer.
One night, a few months into finally writing our own music, the three of us were talking about our goals and dreams for it. “How are we going to find a drummer?”, “What if they don’t fit with us?”, “We don’t know anyone that would want to join us.” And I’ll never forget what Wade said: “Why do we need one?”. I stopped. I never thought about it that way before. Why DO we need one?
Obviously, technology allows us to use real drums (played by a real person, Matt Halpern thank you very much) in our music without the hassle of recording them ourselves. And when we do live shows, we can hire a session musician. Then it hit us. After hearing things like “This band will never amount to **** without a drummer” or “this doesn’t effervesce much human life” we said okay watch us. It pushed us to go the opposite way and say “we’ll be a rock band without a drummer. That will be our thing, our shtick, for now.” Instead of trying to fit into a band-mold, we focus on growing our fan base that enjoys our music, regardless of our drummer situation.
If we don’t have a drummer then how do we do drums?
Trevor, our guitarist, also plays the drums so he writes some of our beats and drum parts. You can read more about how we do our drums in our Gear Dump post. I will tell you that we own the fact that we don’t have a drummer at the moment. And, we’re not going to stop making music because of it. We’re not going to wait around for things to be perfect and THEN we can pursue our dreams. At the end of the day, by simply just “doing it”, we’re already YEARS ahead of where we would be if we waited for everything to be up to the “standard” of what a band should be. There are no “should be“s in art and no such thing as perfect. We’re going to keep pushing forward making music for however long it takes, without a drummer, because WE CAN and our dreams are more important than our setbacks.
Are we ever going to get a drummer?
We are not opposed to having a drummer at all. We simply want to be sure they are a good fit for the band and it makes sense for us as a whole. We’re not just adding a member to our band, we’re adding a member to our family so it is not a decision we’re going to make lightly. Having a “real” drummer will bring a new level to our music that we do think is important. But, we’re trusting that when the time is right, our family will be adding a +1 to our lineup.
Curious how we finally got started? Read: Origin Story: The Whole Picture