Archive for May, 2009

Masterpiece or Marketing Frenzy: the Pearl Demon Drive Pedal

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by queenofnoise

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I keep wanting to call these “Devil’s Gate Drive” Pedals like the Suzi Quatro song.

Is it just me or are drum companies getting gimmicky, where “new and improved” models are being churned out at alarming rates?  Well that was my first impression anyways of the new Pearl Demon Drive pedal, which replaces the not-so-old-and-redundant Eliminators.

Watching the campaign for this pedal (I started seeing it at the end of last year) had me intrigued.   Before a release date was even scheduled I started seeing videos popping up on Youtube from famous drummers (read: Pearl endorsers) claiming that this pedal was the best thing since sliced bread.  Pearl even states that the Demon Drive is the “smoothest and fastest drum pedal available”… only where was the scientific data to back this up?  And the “cutting edge technology” looked nothing more than a rip off of Axis and Trick pedals that metal drummers have been using for years.

As cynical as I was,  I still followed what was going on with the pedal.  I think probably because it matched my new drum kit!

Projected release dates came and went with still no pedal (which to me just seemed like working people into a frenzy), but there was yet another slew of Youtube videos showing the pedal actually being demonstrated at music trade shows like NAMM and Musikmesse.  I liked the idea of the skateboard bearings in it that produced hardly any friction for faster play, the ability to change it into a longboard from a shortboard, and the adjustiblity without all the cams and allen keys that the Eliminators had.  And of course being direct drive instead of chain drive, there’d be no hesitation in the playing.

I was sold without even playing them.  In the end it was actual product demoing I saw and not the marketing push and glitz (well at least I hope not, I’ve always thought I was immune to marketing ploys!)  and brought my Eliminators to Long & McQuade’s for a part trade on the double pedals.

The pedals are definitely not cheap – after tax they were $830 CDN,  and I got $226 in trade credit for my Eliminators.  Which is still pricy for something I haven’t even tried out yet.  But I have been happy with all Pearl hardware I’ve ever bought, so I’m assuming this shouldn’t be any different.  The proof shall be in the playing… whenever they arrive!  But yes, I am sure the marketing push didn’t work on me, as even though advertising works on countless zillions of others, I am immune.  Right?  Right?

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch Cherry Bomb!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 by queenofnoise

Have you ever heard a band or piece of music at an impressionable age and been totally blown away by it?  As in it sounded so shockingly fresh and new, bordering on a religious awakening?  For me that moment came when I first heard the Runaways song “Cherry Bomb” circa 1993 on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.

I was absolutely stunned to find out that the Runaways were a band of girls, including future stars Joan Jett and Lita Ford.  Not only that, but I had just gotten my own drum kit and here were girls that were at the time 16 years old, around the same age as myself, totally rocking out.  Strangely, I have never been a fan of chick singers/bands, but they just clicked with me with their glam/metal/punk sound and lyrics that teenagers related to.  Sandy West became one of my drumming heroes and biggest influences.

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Above: the “Famous Five” version of the Runaways with the equally infamous corset.  L – R: Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Cherrie Currie, Lita Ford, Joan Jett.

I was equally dumbfounded to learn that while the Runaways had been pioneers in the music industry for women, they had been belittled by the media (Creem magazine simply declaring “These bitches suck.”) and abused mentally, emotionally, and sexually by a management team that also robbed them blind of their money.  Check out the documentary “Edgeplay: a Film About the Runaways” and see what happened to a bunch of talented girls that had vile and greedy handlers running their careers.

While this was all going on and through various lineup changes, they still managed to make 5 albums before disbanding.  My personal favourites are the Runaways, Queens of Noise, and Live in Japan.  I personally think Cherrie Currie was a much better frontwoman than Joan Jett – I’ve always found Joan Jett’s vocals to be too shouty for my tastes.  But to each their own!

2010 will bring us a big-screen treatment of the Runaways story.  We can only hope it’s not going to be one of those “based on a real story but full of Hollywood tripe” deals.  I hope it’ll bring a whole new generation of listeners to the Runaways’ music.

Check out this not-so-great quality video of Cherry Bomb played live.  Beware of the Cherrie Currie crotch shot at approximately 1:40!

Kickin’ Off!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 by queenofnoise

Well I decided to get with the technological age.  Since one of my passions is music, why not make a blog about it.  Bands I like, musical instruments, etc.  Enter the geekery, wheeeee!