Author: Tyler Kane
8/20/11 | Paste | www.pastemagazine.com | Feature
The 10 Best (New) Rhythm SectionsIt's the basic foundation of any rock band, but at a concert with flailing vocalists and squealing guitars, it could be the easiest thing to overlook?the rhythm section. Rather than attempt another all-time best list (Entwistle and Moon; Deacon and Taylor; and Jones and Bonham have all gotten their due), today we'll take a look at some of drum/bass batteries that have popped up in the last 15 years or so that haven't yet received that level of acclaim.10. Paul Banwatt, drums (Rural Alberta Advantage)A busy drummer isn't necessarily a good drummer. As anyone that's ever started a band at a young age with inexperienced musicians will tell you, there's nothing that will derail a good song like overextended tom fills or an unnecessary bludgeoning of the ears by a double-bass drum attack. But the Rural Alberta Advantage's Paul Banwatt finds room to make the art of over-playing work for him. With a band that is comprised of one guitar, keyboard and drum player, Banwatt has the room to step out and show off his chops without taking away from a song. The intensity of like "Stamp" and "Don't Haunt This Place" lean on Banwatt's marathon-runner stamina and fills, and it's safe to say the band's great melodies wouldn't sound the same without him.Defining moments: "Stamp," "Don't Haunt This Place"