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I was one of those who was initially skeptical that Crowded House could be reconstituted without Paul and all he had brought to the band.

But the more I listen to the new Crowded House, live or on record, the more convinced I become that the band's secret weapon is Matt Sherrod. When the band perform, Matt -- a.k.a. Max Shredder, or Mr. Snap -- manages to make the album tracks recorded without him (e.g. Silent House, Walked Her Way Down) sound so much more textured, energetically day-glo, even funky. And the four songs on TOE recorded with him (DSN, SCU, EAC, TL), even when the tunes themselves don't always stand out, are so much more rhythmically compelling than the other songs on the album; they all have that "snap" that Nick and Neil keep talking about as the hallmark of Matt's style. Add to all that the fact that he's such a likable presence on stage, and it becomes hard to imagine Crowded House (at least CH Mk. II) without him.

So now he's been with the band for the best part of a world tour, it's time for us to take stock and pay proper tribute to him. What are your favourite Max Shredder moments, on the album or on tour, behind the drums or away from them?
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I've mentioned this before, I think that Matt is the better drummer. I saw CH back in '94 or was it '93....anyway, highly enjoyable, but with Matt it's like they've finally stepped up to the crease to play a solid game.

My fave moment was strangely enough during Transit Lounge. Simple drum pattern but played with such verve that I almost forgot to listen to Neil. Matt hypnotised me during this performance.
Got to meet Matt twice.
Once in San Diego, he was the first to sign my CH t-shirt. He was exceptionally outgoing, smiling and friendy and commented it was much more difficult than he thought to sign a T-shirt with someone wearing it.

Second time was on the street in Minneapolis.
Some friends and I were having Tapas and drinks on the sidewalk and he walked by.
I had brought a welcome back to MN card for the band that I had hoped to place somewhere that it might reach them. I gave it to him and he said he would pass it on.
If memory serves Neil made comment that it was nice to be back at the start of the show.
Probably was part his opening comment for the crowd, but I like to think the card had made it to them (yep...I'm a optimistic dreamer!).

I also went with Jentwo after the Oakland concert to wait with her at the buses.
I already got my fix in San Diego so I just observed rather than approach anyone.
Matt spent a lot of time conversing and signing with everyone who wanted to meet him.
He seemed genuine, receptive and sincerly glad to meet with the fans each time I saw him.
Same goes for Neil, Nick, Mark and Liam.
Their openess is one of their most endearing qualities.
Matt's rendition of When You Come in Calgary was fabulous. Particularly the ending. I have listened to Paul H, a lot. I am myself a drummer, and I think it's hard to compare them wrt who's "better". Try comparing When You Come studio, with Matt's live version. Paul plays with some very tasty and subtle cymbal work, especially hitting the bell; whereas Matt really brings out the power of the song. Different approaches... I agree with the above, Matt really shines on his own work. Listen to the studio version of TL and try tapping along to it with your hands. It's not as simple as it sounds. And that, my friends, is the true mark of a great drummer.

unlike myself

L II
Matt's definetly the right choice for CH, just the off-beat hi-hats in Transit Lounge are confirmation of that fact, I also caught a performance of Beck's Black Tambourine on Later With Jools, and that gives you an idea of what he's capable of! Paul was good in his own style, more of a jazz type feel than Matt, all comes down as to how each of them were trained, Paul's mother being a jazz drummer did obviously contribute to Paul's style, especially the brushes!
Met Matt in person after the Portland show, and just his presence... he's the kind of guy that smiles, and his smile fills up the rooma nd makes you want to smile with him.

As a musician, though, I would have to say my favorite Matt moment was listening to "You're the One to Make Me Cry" live in Portland.

I do NOT like the studio recording of it because the drum part is all wrong for the song. The first time I heard that, I was singing a new drum part on top of it. My instrumental background is orchestral percussion, not drums, and I rarely think of spontaneous drum parts. So it was unusual for me to have such a clear part idea in my head.

Anyway... when I checked the credits, thankfully it wasn't Matt playing. I was able to dislike the song without a feeling of guilt.

So... the part that Matt actually played to "You're the One" was basically the same part I'd been singing in the car the first time I heard the song. I felt vindicated that our sound choices matched, and I'm glad he took a change to change it!

[And since he was still hanging out with the fans, I was able to walk back to him once I'd thought of it and tell him the same thing I'd written here. What a great guy, that Matt!]
Favourite live moment: Matt in Philly, doing the rock-god cake-walk victory lap at the beginning of Better Be Home Soon, while Liam seizes the occasion to pinch his drum seat

Favourite recorded moment: Matt's drumming in the opening verses of Don't Stop Now before Nick's bass drops in; his playing is taut yet quietly seething -- it's in large part responsible for generating the brooding, ominous mood of this underrated classic

Viva Max!
Behind the drums: Matt playing Private Universe in Copenhagen. Very impressive, especially at the end where he loses some splinters from his drumsticks while throwing all his energy in the song. Same in Amsterdam (2nd show), Brussels and Paris.

Away from the drums: after the Cologne gig, I asked Nick if I could take a picture of him with Mel25. Matt was modestly and quietly stepping back as not to disturb the photo, but I said that he should also be on it. And then his famous big smile appeared, as Nick said "Yeah Max Shredder you too, c'mon".
He is so enjoying everything that he sometimes sort of transports the joy to you if you are just watching him.
And then when someone asked how it was going to be like in Brussels, a much bigger venue than Cologne, Matt very convincingly - smiling of course - answered "We will rock!"

You're right Watney Sideburns, it is already hard to imagine this Crowded House without our Max Shredder.
I've had the pleasure of speaking to "Max" after a couple of shows now. He was most compliant in moving to stand under the lights in Tempe so that Bold as Brass could get a decent photo, and he was most amused when we told him that he shouldn't let Neil push him around, 'cause he messes up too (all in fun, of course!)

The best Max moment was after Milwaukee, BaB and I were waiting on line to get stuff signed - I was determined to get all 4 sigs on my vinyl copy of ToE, which I did! - and Matt came down the line signing away. He hung out taking pictures from over by the tour bus, then came back and took individual pictures of us all as we stood like sheep waiting for the rest of the band! He was laughing and seemed to be really enjoying the scene. BaB was most envious of his bat t-shirt, which he told us was a relic from the last Beck tour. BaB is still plotting how to get one of these, so anyone with an in, PM me!

I went to Atlanta on the spur of the moment, since my brother lives there, and though we didn't hang out long after the show (sis-in-law had wee ones to get to school the next morning and it was VERY late) I did get a last chance to chat with Matt. He obviously is paying attention, because he asked if this was my 9th show, to which I said, no, only 8! Red Face I pointed out it was my brother's first show, and he was really happy about that.

He seems to be having so much fun in his new role, and yeah, he rocks the songs! Max Shredder, welcome to Crowded House!!! Big Grin
Hexed beat me to it on this one! "Max" is an absolutely wonderful, friendly & cheerful personality. Not to mention a BRILLIANT and powerful drummer (Private Universe is simply AWESOME). My moments in his presence have already been mentioned above. He is constantly smiling (and madly snapping photos) and has such a HUGE happy personality. One cannot help but smile in his presence.

And yes, I MUST HAVE that bat shirt! If you're lurking "Max" feel free to send it my way Wink
Right, BaB, where is that pic then?? Wink

As I have said in another thread, Max ROCKS! I told him so after the Brussels gig, and he was like: Who, me?? Yes, Max, you!! (Sorry mate, you will never get rid of that nickname now!! Big Grin)

But what I find really endearing is how he always takes pictures of himself and the audience after each gig. It's like he can't believe this is happening to him. I'm sure it must be a dream come true for him!

And I have to say this: I can't have been easy for him to step into Hessie's shoes, emotionally nor technically. But I think that he is doing a brilliant job.

Matt/Max (Mad Max?? Wink) you rock!!
Watching the youtube clip of Matt supporting Beck on Letterman (thanks for posting that, Double-H!) confirms what a high energy, funky drummer Matt is. I'm dreaming about what he could do for some of Neil's recent Carol King-type piano numbers. Wouldn't it be great to hear Matt helming a Crowded House cover of the Finn Brothers' "Homesick"? Much as I love Matt Chamberlain's drumming in the original, I suspect Matt Sherrod could interpret the feel of that song even better. (And with Mark on pedal steel, it would just sound too good ... but that's another thread!)

What other Finn songs do you think need the Max Shredder touch?
Mel25, funny that you say that. I ran into Matt after the Masonic Lodge lottery gig in NYC, the last gig before the North American tour began. I told him how wonderful he was and he repeatedly said, "we're getting there". It seems like he is very modest or else, I can't wait to hear "there". Wink

He has such a great spirit. An immediate warmth exudes when he talks to fans. Plus he has skills, to boot. Gotta' love him!

All hail, Max Shredder!! Big Grin
Romer wrote:

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For me, "Private Universe", "When You Come", and "Silent House" take on a whole new dimension live and in his hands.


I couldn't agree more! I guess my favorite Max moments were Demon in Lipstick and me running into him walking around at the venue at the Mountain Winery the night we were in the box, having a little chat about the box seats, and then him walking right up to the box at the end of the show to greet us all up there Wink

He's a remarkable drummer and, as a bonus to us, he's also a sweet, engaging, upbeat, and warm person. He does seem to be swept up with the whole experience of this tour and I find that endearing - he could be enjoying this almost as much as we all are.
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Originally posted by CMC:
He's a remarkable drummer and, as a bonus to us, he's also a sweet, engaging, upbeat, and warm person.

And he's a pleasantly witty photographer too. His candid touring "snaps" (pun intended), many of which are posted on the crowdedhouse.com website, are a treat. I particularly like the Spanish tapas signage pic ...
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Originally posted by aikakone:
Met Matt in person after the Portland show, and just his presence... he's the kind of guy that smiles, and his smile fills up the rooma nd makes you want to smile with him.

As a musician, though, I would have to say my favorite Matt moment was listening to "You're the One to Make Me Cry" live in Portland.

I do NOT like the studio recording of it because the drum part is all wrong for the song. The first time I heard that, I was singing a new drum part on top of it. My instrumental background is orchestral percussion, not drums, and I rarely think of spontaneous drum parts. So it was unusual for me to have such a clear part idea in my head.

Anyway... when I checked the credits, thankfully it wasn't Matt playing. I was able to dislike the song without a feeling of guilt.

So... the part that Matt actually played to "You're the One" was basically the same part I'd been singing in the car the first time I heard the song. I felt vindicated that our sound choices matched, and I'm glad he took a change to change it!

[And since he was still hanging out with the fans, I was able to walk back to him once I'd thought of it and tell him the same thing I'd written here. What a great guy, that Matt!]


aikakone, could you post a link where we could see an example of mad max playing "you're the one to make me cry"? i'm trying to imagine how orchestral percussion sounds like. i guess that kind of percussion would go very well with the strings arrangement in the song.

as for max shredder--well i have missed how it all began--who baptised him with that name? Wink
For me it was the start of the second show in Amsterdam (and my first CH show ever), Private Universe.
After that song my brother and I looked at each other in amazement, what an amazing drummer! Loved it that he took a picture of him with the crowd after the show, I'd do that if I were in a band!

Can't wait to see the guys again, only 4 more weeks to go...
My love affair with Max Shredder's drumming continues unabated. The only thing that kept me buoyed during the otherwise dodgy Crowded House performances on Later with Jools Holland (what with Neil's ragged voice, Davey Lane's slightly out-of-tune backing vocals, and Nick's, um, stray notes) was Matt's energetic playing. I've always loved what he does with Don't Stop Now -- what a beautifully full sound he extracts from his kit! -- but his playing on the Later version, especially in the outro, is possessed. What a gift he is to the band.

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