THE VICTIM PARTY


PEN PALS/PROCESS

More questions from the mail bag! This week Kyle Cook of Paris, ON asks what Kyle Cook, the drummer of The Victim Party, does to warm up before playing a gig or entering a marathon recording session. Well, Kyle has several preshow rituals that he uses to get himself into a focused state of beat, but today we’re  going to leave those for another post, and concentrate on his recording session rituals.

Before he even picks up a drumstick, Kyle does what all serious musicians do, he loses his pants. “My legs have to be naked if I’m going to pound some skins, so I only wear high cut shorts or my briefs,” he tells me between giant gulps from a 2litre bottle of Cola. Carbonated drinks are another staple of Kyle’s prerecording hype up. “I need as much caffeine in me as possible, and I really need a full bladder. If I have to piss but won’t let myself, that urgent feeling really translates into the finished product. If I feel like I have to go but can’t then I tend to play everything faster, and as we all know, faster is better. “ Now that he’s jacked up on caffeine and fighting to keep his underwear dry, Kyle moves onto his only meal for the entire session – cabbage. “I need something with minor nutritional value that won’t make my tummy upset. I want to feel full but I don’t want to be sick. Cabbage, particularly red cabbage has always done the trick. I don’t cut it or nothing, I just hold it like a big apple and chomp away while the engineer gets the levels.” And once the levels are good, it’s quiet on the set. “I fucking hate when everyone is flapping their jaws in the studio. This art, my art, requires complete concentration. I don’t want to hear any notes about my playing, or what someone did on their day off. And I especially don’t want to hear any jokes – one uncontrolled burst of laughter and I’m libel to piss all over myself and my drums. It’s happened more than once. Seriously, my kit smells like I store it next to a litter box.”

That’s all the time we have for letters for now. We’ll keep you posted about how the session goes. If you’re in Toronto this weekend, we highly recommend making your way to the Toronto Reference Library for this fun event.  Or if that’s not your thing, try a movie, particularly this move.

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