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Too Many Drummers likes to play coffee shops, but there is one little problem: the drums.
“One of the challenges we have is Collin and I like to play loud – too loud for coffee shops,” lead singer and guitarist David Abbott says of himself and the band’s drummer, Collin Berner. “There’s this thing about drummers: They kind of set the ceiling for a band’s sound, so however loud he plays, we all have to be that loud to be heard.”
And when you’re in a relatively small room like a coffee shop, and it starts getting loud, “That’s no fun for anyone,” multi-instrumentalist Josh Dahm says.
Fortunately for the seemingly aptly-named band, small rooms have not been a big issue lately.
Too Many Drummers recently spent a few days playing at the Ichthus Festival in Wilmore. The opening day, the group was one of nine acts in the Ascenxion Scout Competition. Then, on the festival’s closing day, the band took the main stage as a reward for winning another competition prior to Ichthus.
July 11, a month in the spotlight will continue for Too Many Drummers as the group opens for Sanctus Real and Tenth Avenue North at the Summer Slam concert at Winchester’s George Rogers Clark High School.
For the band, events like Ichthus and Summer Slam are chances to get in front of audiences that otherwise might not hear them, or anyone like them.
The men in Too Many Drummers describe their sound as, “melodic art rock.”
To a newcomer, it can sound kind of jam-band oriented, as they launch into things like the Reckless Love Trilogy, which the group played at the Ascenxion competition.
But, the band members point out, most of TMD’s music is written, much of it by Dahm, a classically-trained musician who studied at Asbury College and is now the music director at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church in Wilmore.
The group started at Asbury, but is by no means a college band. Abbott and Dahm initially got together at Asbury in 2002, played together for a while, and then reunited years later.
“We were playing coffee shops and praying for a bass player and a drummer,” Abbott says.
They met Berner to form a trio in January 2008. With the addition of bassist Erik Rishel, an old Asbury friend, in the spring, Too Many Drummers’ current lineup was complete.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich