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June 2012

Nolin Smith drum cover

The Positive Spin on Drums
by Chris Belin

Nolin Smith drum cover

  This week's blog showcases Traveling Drum School student Nolin Smith performing a drum cover of "Dynamite, by Taio Cruz.  Nolin, who recently celebrated his 12th birthday, has been playing drums since he was 6, and has been a drum school student since age 8. He also has been playing bongos at his church for a few years now. Nolin has come a long way in drum set and hand percussion studies. This song showcases his solid timekeeping, good feel and tasteful additions. Beyond that, he knows lots of patterns (beats, rolls, etc) and can definitley put together an impressive solo. Hope you all enjoy this clip!!

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Nolin Smith "Dynamite" Drum Cover
Traveling Drum School student Nolin Smith performs his version of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite"!

 *WEEKLY BLOG RESUMES JULY 9TH

   I will be on vacation most of the next two weeks so the weekly blogs will resume on Monday July 9th. Lots of diverse topics in the works for drummers and music fans so please stop back. Many thanks to all that visit often! My website reports show a consistent increase in readers so I'll be keeping it going each week, no more vacations here!!    

Album #3 from Summer-Winter

The Positive Spin on Drums
by Chris Belin

Album #3 from Summer-Winter

   Pleased to announce I’ve been enlisted for drumming duties on album #3 from Summer-Winter.I had the pleasure of handing the drums for the band’s previous two albums. Just had a rehearsal yesterday on the first 4 songs, which sound really good! I’m psyched!! We are scheduled to record these tracks in late July at J Bird studios in Cranberry, PA. After that, the remainder of the songs will be prepped then recorded.
   Fans of the band please stay tuned for further updates. And for anyone who’s unfamiliar w/ Summer-Winter....please give them a try here; 

Also any 91.3 WYEP listeners can hear tracks from both albums in rotation, please request & send feedback on what you like.  

Album Review; A Lovely Crisis "Back Then"

The Positive Spin on Drums
by Chris Belin

Album Review; A Lovely Crisis "Back Then"

  This week’s blog is my album of review for the band A Lovely Crisis, which features Traveling Drum School student Nigel Seibert. His drumming is tight and precise on this record, with lots of really tasteful fills, hi hat lifts, and much more. I was most impressed with his timing. Before the recording, he played me parts of each song right along with a click. He’s a solid player and definitely a studio drummer in the making!

 

   “Back Then”, the debut album from A Lovely Crisis, opens with the ferocious title track, complete with thick guitar riffs and anthem style vocals. The bands overall sound is reminiscent of the heavier side of Nirvana, blended with the speed and intensity of the Ramones. They also have a solid groove in their playing, evident on tracks "Funky Punk" & "Insomnia". There’s a lot of truth in the lyrical content of "Guitar is Dead" and the music backs up the message, pushing the song forward organically with driving bass, drums, and an impressive guitar solo. The remainder of the songs on the record round out a collection that any Rock fan would appreciate.

   
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