This settles it. Matt Garstka is on a completely different level than any drummer I’ve heard/seen in years. He’s unbelievably solid, has incredible dynamics and feel, and is amazingly versatile while playing a genre of music that so often ignores all of those things. I can’t get enough of his playing and can’t wait to hear what he does on the next Animals As Leaders record.
I know I’ve posted a few videos of his on this blog since Thrice toured with them last year, but the latest installment from Meinl Cymbals has completely liquified my brain. I had to post it.
If you’re a drummer, watch this and try to keep yourself from staring at it wide-eyed and grinning from ear-to-ear. Then, watch it again and try to keep yourself from picking your jaw up off the floor every five seconds. Then, watch it again and avoid the urge to set your kit on fire and take up another instrument.
What an absolute monster of a drummer.