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October 25, 2010

EQ.com Interview Outtakes: Maserati

Maserati Pyramid of the Sun

By Tony Ware

The December 2010 issue of EQ profiles Maserati's Pyramid of the Sun. Here, the band discusses improvising with drums, following the passing of drummer Jerry Fuchs.

Erik Wofford: "Probably the only time we really used any 'Pro Toolsery' was for the song 'Oaxaca.' The song was originally based around an electronic drum loop. It didn't really fit in with the rest of the record that way, so we decided to try and put some drums to it. Luckily, there was another song with the same tempo and a similar feel to it, so I raided that drum take to construct the beat, fills and breaks for 'Oaxaca.' There I was, orchestrating a drum take for one of our generation's best drummers post-mortem. Definitely one of the weirdest things I've ever had to do. I am not a drummer by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it's pretty hard to tell that Jerry never played the drums for that song."

Coley Dennis:
"I knew when we were doing 'Ruins' that we wanted to slow down the drums at the end, but Erik’s tape machine would only slow to 75-percent the feed, so we’d run one take, bouncing it down to 1/4-inch slowing it by 25-percent each time, running it three or four times and then running it together at the end, making a slow drum breakdown."

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