By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Drown Mary is gearing up for a busy couple of weeks.
First, the local metal act will play a 40th birthday show for drummer Troy Rimstad at 9 p.m. Saturday at Flight’s Pub in Everett, 7601 Evergreen Way.
Then, next week, the group will open three Northwest dates on the Uproar Festival, including a stop on Sept. 22 at the White River Amphitheater. The major rock festival features headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind.
Rimstad, who lives in Everett’s Lowell neighborhood, spoke to The Herald and HeraldNet.com about the upcoming shows and the perils of being a heavy metal drummer.
Q: You’re going from playing a small club to a major rock festival in a week. What’s the difference between those types of venues like?
A: Small venues, the cool thing is you’re a lot closer to the fans. It’s more intimate. You can actually touch the crowd, as opposed to the bigger shows, there’s a barricade. But the bigger shows are pretty awesome. You definitely appreciate the things you’ve done over the years to get to that level.
Q: How does the pay work for you guys playing the Uproar Festival?
A: These shows are total publicity shows. We don’t get paid. It’s exposure.
Q: You need endurance to drum in a rock band. How do you prep for a show?
A: I’ll take 20 minutes and stretch my legs and my arms. Then, I have a practice pad, and I just sit there, and for like 10 minutes, practice, loosen my fingers and wrists. I get in the zone, then take the stage, and kill it.
Q: Ever hurt yourself during a show?
A: Yeah, I have. I’ve whacked my knuckle on the rim of my snare, and blood went everywhere. I didn’t feel it till after I was done with the show. I still have a scar from that.