“Of the Well of Life to taste”
If there’s one band who are not afraid to taste of the well of life, it’s Jane’s Addiction. Not just taste, but strip naked, dive in, and invite a few guests to join them. Their musical inspiration revels in the whole gamut of human experiences, or at least all the ones likely to get you laid. Which means Stephen Perkins plays some of the most diverse drum parts ever.
Jane’s Addiction’s music is free-spirited and unrestrained. Nothing is off limits. Their taste for the exotic inspired a kaleidoscope of drumming styles, with constructions that capture their wide-awake, mercurial, curious spirit. Anything goes, from tribal toms in ‘Three days’, steel drums in ‘Jane says’, a snare and marching beat for ‘My cat’s name is Maceo’, to power playing with trademark confidence in ‘Hypersonic’ and ‘Mountain song’. Stephen Perkins proves that intelligent composition can be even more compelling than flashy technique.
Couldn’t pick a fave so I just let shuffle decide. Senores y senoras, here’s ’Standing in the shower thinking’ by Jane’s Addiction. Buen apetito.