Banging on about drums

If reincarnation is true, can I come back as Viola Smith?  She seems to be having more fun with two sticks than I’ve ever had with six strings

I actually learned drumming for three years

If I was married to a guitar, drums would be my bit on the side….no – that sounds kind of weird, let’s try again.  Rehearsing with various bands during my long musical journey, there was always something highly seductive emanating from the unattended drum kit every time the drummer left the room. It would whisper “come on, hit me, you know you want to!”  But I was scared of either being torn off a strip by its owner for unauthorised use, or of sounding like a grade A non-drumming idiot. Or both.

One day in ’98 the affable and tolerant Stef X, (who drummed for a couple of years with Joyryde) offered me his drumstool during a rehearsal break and I had a proper go.  While I’d never played before, I had a thousand patterns stored from music I’d absorbed, and years of rhythm guitar-playing must have taught me something about timing. He was duly impressed by my not-too-badness on the first attempt. Soon the challenge of getting round a drumkit would become a welcome diversion from trying to be a rock’n’roll frontwoman (which then was more about hustling venues and labels than playing the goddamn songs)

By some God-must-have-planned-it coincidence, a work colleague was vacating his flat that week  and couldn’t take his drumkit (which up to that point I’d never even known he possessed) A Hayman kick drum, snare, floor tom, two toms,  a  rickety hi-hat stand and a few cracked cymbals were mine for a mere 100 quid a few days later. My miniature drumming oddysey had begun…….watch this space, more to come!

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The Red Beastie – in service today as a studio kit

Distinctive snaredrum

Distinctive snaredrum

You can check out my songs (but not my drumming!)  on BANDCAMP

More about me at KATHY-FREEMAN.DE

Kathy X – All The Way

All the Way celebrates my band Kathy X playing some damn fine songs for over a decade! Loosely categorised as psychobilly but basically anything we felt like playing

2002 – I’d been living in Berlin for a year or so. I had a demo and was trying to get gigs in the clubs there for my non-existent band. At the same time I was trying to lure musicians into my non-existent band with promises of non-existent gigs. This philosophical dilemma was eased somewhat when a mutual friend introduced me to Mr Rob Raw (above) at a record hop in the Franken Bar and solved when I encountered Mr Dave Crome – then pursuing two lively young women and pausing briefly to take the drumstool at a jam session – in the now-extinct “Floez”

shortly afterwards were rocking out at the Berlin 2002 Tattoo Convention….Mr Crome obeyed the siren call of his native Philadelphia, returning there in 2006, but we soldiered on and now his successor Dr Duck occupies the hallowed Kathy X drumstool and plays on the first six tracks of this album. Physical and ethereal versions of All the Way HERE

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