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is he taking the piss with his cymbal?
He can barely reach it lol
because i thought it was a trick of the camera just to...take the piss i guess.
it is odd.
drumming skills, and my battles poster, theres no WAY he could reach that, or at least keep playing. All the more reason to beleive he is some kind of drumming GOD.
I read an interveiw where he said he's actually got a weird back problem and its easier for him that way.
AND its practical. he's awe-some.
i bet any tomahawk shows in the uk in the future will be mega-packed.
stanier doing native american percussion n shit is gonna be ACE
and an army of douchebags chanted "Where's Mike Patton" all the way through Melvins and Kaada. Douchebags.
but he seemd to only need to reach for it about 3 times a song.
so, it's not like excessive UP-DOWN-UP-DOWN-UP-DOWN action.
he can only rotate his shoulder so far after a snowboarding incident, hence the bizarre placing
the fact that he hits the cymbal side on rather than from above makes a different sound
and he can reach it fine
he was in Helmet. Helmet were awesome!
i thought it might have been so the sound of the cymbal carried further.
to minimize spill through the other drum mics.
like the dude from shellac had a similar weired high cymbal thing going on.
its in that position so he doesn't over use it. I know that from his helmet days..
you can see how high it is, but I do think that photo makes it look higher than it is...
battles guy has it as a central part of his kit
When they play it properly they go round all three cymbals in a circle hitting them...Well that was how I remember it.
'The largest, most prominent cymbal on Battles drummer John Stanier's kit stands about seven feet high, towering over everything and everyone: Stanier, the rest of the drums, the rest of the band, and the rest of the people staring at it, i.e., the crowd. One cannot strike this cymbal nonchalantly. Stanier has to look directly at it, lean forward, and reach for it. Whump. This has deliberately been designed to require a very deliberate act.
"It's an event," Stanier explains. "An event unto itself."
"It's a cool anchor to the stage—it looks like a flag," adds Tyondai Braxton, one of Stanier's three bandmates. "The cymbal looks like the Battles' flag."'