Drummer Spencer Walker told Radio.com one of the first concerts he saw as a kid was from the “Crazy” band, but that was the first and only time he would go see Steven Tyler and the guys.
“They played ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’ and those drums were horrifically loud,” he said. “It made me want to vomit.”
But when Walker was a little older, he saw Dave Grohl drum and was instantly inspired.
“I saw him and it was, ‘Oh you can drum like that,’” he said. “That was pretty big for me. It was new level, he just looked way cooler than any other drummer.”
Walker says even though he loved Grohl’s self-taught style he didn’t want to become a copycat, something his bandmate, singer Robert Stevenson, admitted can be quite a challenge.
“A lot of people become influenced directly by something musically and rip it off,” he said. “It’s just frustrating for everyone else around you.”
The trick, Stevenson explained, was to take the feeling that the music gives you while listening to it and try to put that same feeling into your own music. Often times though, he said it’s just easier to look elsewhere for inspiration.
“Often inspiration comes from films or a bit of writing, or direct wonderful things that happen in your real life,” he said. “You can actually share that with someone else and it’s that shared experience that I’m always searching for, not to just show someone how good we are at playing our instruments like someone else. That’s boring.”
Even Walker was touched by Stevenson’s words. “Wow, that’s what we do?”
The band is currently on tour behind their 2012 album, Sand & Snow.
-Shannon Carlin, Radio.com