Who knew that our Top 9 Female Drummers in L.A. list would inspire such passion? We are thrilled to be able to give you what commenters asked for–info about more female drummers from the LA area. Someday, we hope we can just call them “drummers” and forget the qualifying tag. But more and more women are picking up instruments and playing music so the day can't be far away! So, here's the People's Choice Version: 4 More Female Drummers in L.A. we missed on our previous list:
4. Nicole from Weave! and Swahili Blond
Nicole Turley–creator of the initial list we posted–is a pretty good drummer herself! She is a talented multi-instrumentalist and the mastermind of Swahili Blonde. Rumor has it that Swahili Blonde began with Nicole sitting alone in a room with a bunch of instruments; it grew into a massive project that includes a couple of the ladies you might recognize from our other list: guitarist John Frusciante, violinist Laena Myers-Ionita (The Like), bassist John Taylor (Duran Duran), and multi-instrumentalists Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) & Michael Quinn (Corridor).
3. Stella from Warpaint
Yes, yes, we forgot Stella from Warpaint. And how could we? Our friends over at Village Voice gave her a shout-out in a live review, saying “[Warpaint's] stupendous debut full-length, The Fool, triangulates Moon Pix-era Cat Power's ghostly, morbid, gorgeous bedroom folk with the Slits' lithe, muscular post-punk, but the latter style dominates onstage, thanks mostly to drummer Stella Mozgawa, a dervish of brash snare cracks, liquid drum rolls, emphatic soundman-hailing gestures, and rampant giggling.”
2. Tennessee from the Like
Drumming runs in her blood–daughter of Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas, British-born Tennessee Thomas was part of what turned critics on to the Like upon the release of their latest full-length, Release Me. The LA Times music blog opined that “Drummer Tennessee Thomas and bassist Laena Geronimo craft a rhythm built for handclaps, and a shout-along bridge should have audiences resurrecting retro dances like the Watusi.”
And the number one L.A. female drummer we missed on our previous list is…
1. Carla from Autolux
Autolux's 2004 sounds like the best of My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Sonic Youth. And Carla is a huge part of that. In its review of the 2004 release Future Perfect, Pitchfork wrote: “In the first 10 seconds of album opener “Turnstile Blues”, Carla Azar shames most every beatmaker with her ridiculous Leibezeit-cum-Bonham percussion. Azar's sturdy and creative drumming provides the thrust of Greg Edwards' heavily reverbed and distorted riffs.”
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