Archive for March, 2013

What is it with drummers? The backbeat and backbone of the band and generally content to take the back seat, eclipsed by bandmates and a bewildering construction of percussion items and supporting metalwork. I suspect it takes a certain kind of personality: selflessness, a closet love of engineering and a conviction that the music is all that matters.

The Monkey Fingers’ Nigel Summerley — pictured below — is a case in point. But exceptions prove the rule. Those whose formative musical years coincided with Top of the Pops in the early 1970s may well recall Golden Earring‘s Cesar Zuiderwijk, who would launch himself skywards over his drum kit at the finale of the drum solo on Radar Love. Gymnastic prowess is one way to grab centre stage, I suppose. Perhaps wisely though, Nigel tends to stay right behind the drums: at the back and on the beat. After all, the music’s all that matters.

Nigel Summerley

Behind the drums

The Monkey Fingers’ “world tour of Woodingdean” continues apace following a triumphant return to the Downs Hotel on March 2nd. Coming just a week after the Palmeira in Hove, there was a sense of the band getting into its stride: altogether more confident and self-assured than the first appearance at the end of last summer and certainly propelled to greater heights by an energetic and enthusiastic audience. There’s no doubting that seeing people dance while you play gives a kick to the performance.

Downs Hotel March 2nd 2013

On the strength of that night, the Monkey Fingers are booked for another appearance. So, don’t miss out. Come and see the return of the Monkey Fingers for yourself on May the 4th: this band is the one you are looking for.

Five Fingers

The Monkey Fingers at the Palmeira, Hove, 23rd February 2013.