||[Oct. 26th, 2008|02:40 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
Ok, it's Warren Ellis' fault, but I find Peter Fox's "Alles Neu" weirdly compelling. And it's not just because Cold Steel Drumline is completely fucking awesome. Nor is it just the monkeys, even though (I'm somewhat ashamed to say) I fuckin' love the monkeys.
It's the big bass thunder and unrelenting rhythm perfectly matched to the staccato German lyrics (which I don't understand at all) that really gets me.
(Watch until the end to see some funny bits with Cold Steel Drumline.)
Anyway, that made me want more drumming. I tried to find more CSD, but I found this tight little clip of a bunch of folks messing around instead. It's excellent:
Unfortunately, it looks like "Cold Steel" is at least one big college band AND one of the names for the type of drumming made popular at colleges in the southern U.S. and inspiring the movie Drumline. So Googling for "Cold Steel Drumline" is like Googling for "Big Loud Rockband" - not so much with the useful links. Ah well.
That's a very cool vid. Thank you for the link!
Yeah, this is what we used to do in drum and bugle corps. A bunch of kids touring all over the country rehearsing 8 hours a day playing the most bad ass shit on the drums and learning complicated sticking tricks for shows that lasted 11 minutes a night. I played tenor (those guys with 6+ drums strapped to their waists are playing tenors, although we only had triples and quads then - even quints were almost unheard of in 1983). It was so amazing to be part of that kind of stuff that even when we were done with our grueling hours of practice during the day, as soon as we got done eating at night, we'd start playing more, just because it was so fricken awesome.
My corps' buses had airplane seats installed in them, so if we got really crazy, we'd split up the buses and put all the drummers in the smaller one, with a suitably calm (or drum instructor) driver, and we'd play on our seat tray tables for hours while we drove to the next stop on the tour.
Everybody's goals in drum corps were the same: be the best fucking player you can, have style and chops, and maybe someday be good enough to be in another corps that was more excellent than this one, although you'd probably not leave because this corps is yours. It was sick. Some of the greatest musical days of my life. NOTHING gives more of a rush than a flawless drumline.
You probably don't remember me going to local DCI (drum corps international) shows when I lived at the Ranch, but Dean and I used to go to them on our bikes, usually in Foxboro or Lynn or something (they were never in town). It was always to see this kind of drumming and the most amazing horn sections that (literally) walk the earth.
Edited at 2008-10-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm an idiot. I didn't even read the link when I clicked on it and watched it. That hip hop link is none other than the drumline from the Concord Blue Devils, who took the DCI championship in 2007. They are... um... formidable, pretty much always upper half of the top 10 corps in the country. Their show this year is titled "Constantly Risking Absurdity." Heh. http://www.bluedevils.org/
Check out this recording of their drumline's on-field warmup. (All corps have one of these they do once they get out on the competition field but before they start being judged for their program. It's not only a warm-up but a psych-up, so they've gotten to be a bit of rock out with your cock out over the years. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHksvw-5A14
In the early early days of D&D *(old old old)* I recall a discussion about which modern languages would be analogues of fantasy languages. I stated that German and Orcish were the same language, or close enough that they were 90 percent inter-comprehensible. Imagine those lyrics sung by someone speaking through two-inch tusks, and you realize, no changes are required in the pronunciation, and the "spray" factor is only slightly exaggerated.
I agree with you about the stuposity of the info on Google ... I get the feeling that the North Carolina A&T drum corps was the original and that "cold steel drum line" got genericked ... but "cold steel" is also the name of a knife manufacturer, a method for making knives, a method for making Jamaican steel drums which are Not The Same At All, and apparently have something to do with a kind of kettledrum, but I didn't find anything about snaredrums, which those are. Oh, and Cold Steel was a thrash metal band in the nineties.
This frustrates me.