I thought Matt was quite good on the webcast. It seems he's still getting to know the older songs especially, and has yet to personalize his playing for them...as someone else said, he's sticking to the standard beat a lot of the time. But that could be due to many factors; maybe he was a bit nervous, or just playing it safe for his first performance with the band, which might be smart.

I noticed he had a damping ring on his snare, which gave it a kind of muted punchy sound. Maybe this was done because the setting was intimate and small. In general I'm curious how Matt will sound in a big festival setting, when he has more license to let loose, dig in, and just play *louder* and with more intensity. The chorus of "When You Come," for example, seemed a little polite on the webcast.

I guess that word applies to much of what I heard last night...his playing was a little polite in general. He did seem to be enjoying himself though, and really, he's only been with the band a few weeks at this point.

The band as a whole certainly sounded good with Matt on the drums, and I look forward to hearing him on tour in the US, when he's had plenty chance to sink into his role.
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I agree about the setting really influencing how he played. The songs sounded intimate, which is entirely appropriate for such an intimate setting! Smiler

I look forward to Matt cutting loose on the toms sometime--I realized last night that I really hear the toms as an integral part of the CH sound.
From what I could hear of Matt's drumming (when I could hear it Roll Eyes I swear as soon as I can afford it, I'm going Broadband) he sounded great.

I reckon that he would've been nervous, being his very first public performance with Crowded House. Especially with the knee-jerk reaction from some fans: "No Paul... No Crowded House!" I imagine that he proberly thought every fan watching the webcast was judging him and sizing his style and techinque up to Paul's. IF THAT WAS HOW HE FELT, THAT WASN'T SO MATT! This fan didn't send in a comment welcoming Matt Sherrod to the Crowded House family for nothing! Eeker Wink
As a drummer myself, I natuarlly tend to listen out for the drums whatever I'm listening to. I was really impressed with Matt. His playing was pretty understated, but he cut loose when the song called for it. (check out the fill towards the end of Silent House)

From exeperience, it can take a few gigs to fully integrate with a new band. Think about it this way - Matt has been in the band for how long? a maximum of 6 weeks?? and with the amount of time they have been in the studio recording new stuff, he's probably had a maximium of 2/3 wks to rehearse something like 35 songs (according to JW's blog), so he's got a long way to go towards learning them yet.

So, when they get out on the road in October, I predict we will see an even better, more confident Matt. The fact it was a very public first gig, with people and cameras all around and above him, may have made him more nervous - it would have done me! Drummers like nothing better than the dark corner of a stage to hide in!
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Originally posted by Davoiii:
What did all the drum nuts think of Matt's brushwork on Four Seasons??


He did it better than anyone else I've heard since Paul Hester - Better than Peter Jones, any of Neil's drummers, and even whichever Stacey brother was behind the kit for Finn Bros (I forget which one is which). I felt it was played with care and the playing was sympathetic to the vibe of the song.

Where I was really pleasantly suprised with was Matt's playing on "Weather With You". I think Rikki Fataar played on the recording, and I always felt Paulo played it a little hard. Matt seemed to play it softer, which really suited the song for me.
Matt SHerrod was GREAT! Totally in the pocket and totally listening (e.g., When You Come) - nothing too fancy but wait and see!! I think Nick already quite enjoys playing with him. The foundation of the band the rhythm section is... and I think Nick and Matt will be as sollid as they come. Smiler
Matt sounded superb at Thekla. I'm no drummer, but he sounded confident, accurate yet loose (if you get my meaning). And he sounded like he'd really worked on it since the webcast. Love You Til The Day I Die had come on in leaps and bounds.

I really think they've picked a gem. Maybe he won't have the same stage presence as Hessie - but then who would? - but he certainly seems to have the right vibe for this music.

My only concern is that he appears to still have commitments to Beck - the Thekla gig was scheduled around his work with Beck. That means he's not really OUR drummer - we're sharing him. There's no reason why this shouldn't work but it still leaves open the possibility that CH will have to fit in around Beck or that he may find that two competing demands proves too much...
I thought Matt sounded great at the Thekla - technically adept, and he served the songs very well. I've got the feeling that the band have put a lot of careful consideration into choosing a really good drummer.

It probably helps that he's into the music too, from what I hear (apparently he requested that the band close with Mean to Me, on Monday.)

I can't imagine that commitments with Beck will take priority over Crowded House. Beck is a big solo artist, but Matt is in a band now and a damn good one at that. All things being well, I think we'll see him for many years to come.

-Tom
If matt is still playing with beck won't there be a problem when both acts start booking more gigs in the us during summer. I can see a double booking for matt coming up for sure!
Conidering they auditioned worldwide why would they pick someone still committed to another artist or is he going to make "crowded house" his priority or "beck" or is he a session player/producer solution for now and will they have to find another drummer when matt is playing with beck. It could get complicated very quickly.
I didn't think they would have given the gig to someone who still has committments to another artist. Why do you think he is mostly committed to the crowdies. Scheduling their first gig in over a decade to accommidate the new guy because of other band committments seems unbelievable to me if indeed that is the case.
I'm sure they would have plan b,c,and d in case what I've raised(and i've seen it happen to many acts sharing the same personnel before) does happen.
Apparently (and I wasn't there so can't confirm) Nick told someone at the Thekla after-party that the Monday was the only night Matt could fit in cos he was playing with Beck. Knowing Nick, this may well have been tongue in cheek, but I'm not so sure...
I think (don't know for sure) that Beck's tour is almost finished. I saw him (and Matt) in Amsterdam last summer. Don't think there are a lot of places left to tour. There are only 6 gigs left according to beck.com
So my guess is that this won't be a problem
I thought it played the drums brilliantly, a very hard hitter, I said to my husband that he reminded of Animal from the puppets at one, as he looked so carried away in the moment!!! Excellent work Matt Well Done.... look forward to seeing you again!
I thought he came off a bit slick and polished on the webcast, probably because he's still getting familiar with the tunes; he reminded me a bit of McCartney's drummer, Abe Laboriel, who's great but a bit too technique-oriented at times. I think he'll be fantastic once he's fully immersed in the spirit of the band, though.
I was so thrilled with the energy & passion that Matt seemed to bring to the webcast. He clearly loves music and was grooving away and smiling the whole time.

I'm not really a drummer myself so I can't comment on his technical abilities, but I thought he sounded great.

He did give some backing vocals a go now & then and it would appear he's multi-tasking in this department, as one webcast viewer pointed out, he can sing and chew gum at the same time Smiler

Hey, pardon my ignorance, but is there such a thing as a left handed drummer? And if so, is Matt one? I was watching him on Locked Out and he seemed to be playing the opposite from what felt "natural" to me (I can play a couple of very basic beats).
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Originally posted by liz:
Hey, pardon my ignorance, but is there such a thing as a left handed drummer? And if so, is Matt one? I was watching him on Locked Out and he seemed to be playing the opposite from what felt "natural" to me.


Liz,

Your instincts are good -- Matt is indeed a left-handed drummer.
matt is a hero, all those songs he had to learn in such a short time and when you hear him it feels like he's been playing the songs for years.

it might be contraversial but i think he's the tightest player in the band at the moment in my opinion!
I don't know much about drums (typical guitarist) but he seems to be solid as a rock. There was some comment about him having a different/sharper attack on the drums than Paul on another thread.I just like the fact he smiles loads! Smiler

There's some great vids on YouTube added on since Moon's contributions. Check out 'Mean To Me' and 'Fingers Of Love'. The camera is quite a way back but the sound is clear as a bell.

Matt's drumming shines through!
After some more listening I've realized Matt is an "on top of the beat" drummer -- his playing is just ahead of the groove, which constantly pulls/pushes the music forward. You can hear it especially when he does fills, like the big, crazy one at the end of "Silent House" on the webcast...he really pushes through it to the point that it almost sounds like he's speeding up.

Paul, on the other hand, had that classic "in the pocket" kind of drumming...he sat right in the middle of the beat, which is a more forceful kind of playing.

Neither one is good or bad or better or worse, but it's an interesting contrast. I think it takes players a while to adjust to a change like that, especially Nick on bass. They sound pretty good already, but once they've all re-situated their grooves, it will be even better.
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Originally posted by TorpedoBaby:
As a drummer myself, I natuarlly tend to listen out for the drums whatever I'm listening to. I was really impressed with Matt. His playing was pretty understated, but he cut loose when the song called for it. (check out the fill towards the end of Silent House)

From exeperience, it can take a few gigs to fully integrate with a new band. Think about it this way - Matt has been in the band for how long? a maximum of 6 weeks?? and with the amount of time they have been in the studio recording new stuff, he's probably had a maximium of 2/3 wks to rehearse something like 35 songs (according to JW's blog), so he's got a long way to go towards learning them yet.

So, when they get out on the road in October, I predict we will see an even better, more confident Matt. The fact it was a very public first gig, with people and cameras all around and above him, may have made him more nervous - it would have done me! Drummers like nothing better than the dark corner of a stage to hide in!


What kind of things do drummers look for in other drummers then to form an opinion of their skills? I know that lots of drummers rate, for example, John Bonner (Led Zep), people obviously rated Paul Hester, very different drummers I would have thought. So, apart from, obviously, each person's individual tastes, what sort of thing do drummers look for in other drummers?
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What kind of things do drummers look for in other drummers then to form an opinion of their skills? I know that lots of drummers rate, for example, John Bonner (Led Zep), people obviously rated Paul Hester, very different drummers I would have thought. So, apart from, obviously, each person's individual tastes, what sort of thing do drummers look for in other drummers?


Good question hk! Personally, I look for the 'feel' that a drummer creates for the music. There are many technically better drummers than Paul Hester was, but what he lacked in technical ability, he more than made up for with his feel - in other words the way in which he interpreted the song, and came up with a groove that would compliment it, as opposed to a groove or rhythm that is more 'flash' and might be at odds with the song.
I have always adopted the 'less is more' approach, which is probably why I was attracted to Neil Finn's music, and Paul Hester's drumming to start with. Somebody said to me once that you shouldn't be able to notice the drums when you listen to a piece of music, and whilst I don't entirely agree, I know what they were getting at.

From what I've heard so far (ie the webcast) Matt's sounding good so far.
does anyone know if matt is definetly doing the last six gigs with "beck" and then becoming a "member" of "crowded house" full time or will he try and juggle both gigs...this was asked earlier on this forum but doesn't seem to have been answered.....anyone?
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I was so thrilled with the energy & passion that Matt seemed to bring to the webcast. He clearly loves music and was grooving away and smiling the whole time.


Who wouldn't smile? He's got the best gig hitting the road this year! The man clearly loves his work! I know nothing about percussion technique, but seeing him work the webcast, all I could think was, "what a groovy guy!"

RR
I think the facts are 1) that he wanted to play for Crowded House (you can see it in his performances, he's not just going through the numbers), 2) comes highly recommended (you don't play with Beck if he doesn't think you can do the job well) and 3) seems to have gelled quite quickly with the other guys (the body language doesn't seem forced and I think the reason why Neil took so long to introduce him on the webcast is because he's fitted in so well so quickly).

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