Bad Suns @ B. Ryders, Bakersfield CA 08/01/14
And the drums…WOW…the drums…Miles Morris on drums made me excited to be a drummer again, made me want to jump on my kit and just start playing with renewed enthusiasm and spirit. I haven’t felt that kind of inspiration, that kind of fire under my rear for quite some time. That young, exuberant talent propelled the group with power, finesse, class and cool. A hard hitting but tasteful and exciting player, Miles played like Steward Copeland from the Police, but with more control and discipline. Like Copeland, he would do those fast 16th note phrasings on the hihat while keeping a venue shaking backbeat on the bass and snare. And the snare…OMG. That snare. I swear he was playing the Stewart Copeland Tama signature snare. It sounded like a steel 4.5” x 14.” It had body, definition, but most of all it was tuned way up to provide a sexy yet skull cracking cut on the 2s and 4s. Those were killer rim shots and Miles would play with this exagerated downstroke, landing on the drumheads with great force. It was interesting to see his technique first hand, couldn’t take my eyes off these guys. His ride cymbal was killer. I have no idea what model he was playing, but it was so trashy, almost china-like, nice and thin with a great wash to it. I seriously wanted to take that snare and ride home with me. The drum kit was very unassuming and appeared underwhelming, a basic 4 piece configuration with a pair of hats, a ride and 2 crashes. Although the kit looked nonthreatening, he made the most of it and floored me with his powerful and tasteful playing. He was like a hybrid of Stewart Copeland and Keith Moon. Not one to do rolls or showy fills, Miles impressed by laying down an infectious backbeat with some embellishments and nuances on the bells and toms.
This show was very important for the group. It was the lead off show of their first ever headlining tour. And 12am would signify Christo Bowman’s birthday, which prompted a great response from the crowd. Bowman wasvery appreciative of the Bakersfield crowd and thanked everyone for making the gig a success, and for proving that this night, a great mass of people enjoyed their style of ‘good rock n’ roll, rather than the alternative (I think Bowman was alluding to the Valley’s country and r&b fans). Although the group has only 1 album to it’s name and they performed for less than 60 minutes, they still left me breathless and eager for more. I truly hope these guys come back to the valley. When they do, I’ll make sure to drag every modern rock fan that I know with me. Unbelievable show, unbelievable group. The had me during the first few bars of “We Move Like the Ocean.” They quickly won me over and I made sure to buy their debut CD, Language & Perspective at Best Buy a couple days later.
We Move Like the Ocean
Dancing on Quicksand
Posted on August 3, 2014, in Bad Suns, Concerts: 2012 - Present and tagged Andy Summers, Atlas Genius, B Ryders, Bad Suns, Bakersfield, Bono, Cardiac Arrest, Christo Bowman, Curt Smith, Language and Perspective, New Wave, Roland Orzabal, Salt, Stewart Copeland, Tears For Fears, The Edge, The Outfield, The Police, The Unforgettable Fire, Transpose, U2. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.