Season 2 - Ep. 16 - Talking Punk Rock and Drumming with Author/Editor S.W. Lauden Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming

I am going to be speaking with S.W. Lauden who has put together an excellent book called Forbidden Beat: perspectives on punk drumming.

He is a punk drummer and author with a mission to shed light on the legendary drumming styles and players of punk music over the years. The book itself is a collection of essays, interviews and lists from contributors such as Joey Cape, Marko DeSantis, Tre Cool, Ira Elliot and so many more influential punk musicians.

I can’t wait to dig into this book with S.W. right after this.

Intro Music: "Colorado" by Birds Love Filters

Outro Music: "Snail Mail" by Speedway Sleeper

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▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

0:00 - Intro
1:07 - What does Forbidden Beat refer to?
3:35 - How did S.W. Lauden decide to put a book together about the history of punk drumming?
6:47 - Why is punk drumming so important to the sound of punk rock? And what drummers became the biggest influences on punk drummers?
11:45 - Why did punk drumming become so programmatic for a minimalist style, and how did that help shape the sound and genre of punk rock?
17:09 - Tre Cool's 4 elements of drumming discussed along with the complementary drumming style of Ringo Starr
20:07 - Discussing how early punk drummers generally got their influences from other genres
27:28 - Derrick Pluorde's (of Lagwagon, The Ataris, Bad Astronaut) lasting legacy on punk drumming
35:18 - Talking about Bill Stevenson's (of Descendents and ALL) role as the godfather of punk drumming
38:26 - How Descendents become pop punk pioneers with their surf rock / punk blend
40:50 - What advice would S.W. Lauden give to new drummers coming up right now?
45:13 - Last words from S.W. Lauden
45:50 - Outro

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