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Chris Pennie
Born May 31, 1977 (1977-05-31) (age 32)
Genres Alternative Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1995-present
Associated acts The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coheed and Cambria, Idiot Pilot, Return to Earth

Chris Pennie (born May 31, 1977) [1]is the current drummer for the progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria and former drummer and co-founder of mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan.

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Background

Chris started playing drums at the age of 13, and at age 16 decided he wanted to pursue music seriously. He spent two years at Berklee College of Music and received a diploma in Music Synthesis, which focuses on electronic music composition and manipulation.

Influences

As far as drummers, Pennie has cited Lars Ulrich and Stewart Copeland as his main early influences. In regard to his current playing, Sean Reinert is one of his biggest inspirations. He's also emphasized on several occasions that listening to and playing a diverse assortment of music has been an integral part in developing his style, noting such eclectic influences as 70's jazz-rock fusion group Mahavishnu Orchestra, technical metal bands Meshuggah, Cynic, and electronic-influenced groups such as Nine Inch Nails and DJ Shadow.

Bands

While in high school he was playing in the local New Jersey based band, Prozak. The other 3 members of Prozak were 8 - 10 years Pennie's senior, and in order for Prozak to play the local bars and clubs, Pennie's father would accompany him to the various gigs. Chris played with Prozak from ‘93 until he began attending Berklee School of Music in '95. He recorded ten songs with Prozak during his time with the band but they were never commercially released.

Pennie also spent time with the pop-punk group Boxer. Formed in 1995 with another Berklee graduate, Jeremy McDowell, they became first band to be signed to the now famous Vagrant Records. They released one album, "The Hurt Process" in 1998, and broke up in late 1999. Pennie also recorded drums for his former tourmates in experimental metalcore group All Else Failed on their 2004 album "This Never Happened". Pennie describes his band, The Dillinger Escape Plan, as being 'mathcore' where they start each song with no structure and an open palette.

As for his role in the Dillinger Escape Plan, he and guitarist Ben Weinman, along with now departed singer and bassist Dimitri Minakakis and Adam Doll respectively, formed the band in March 1997. He and Ben Weinman wrote the majority of Dillinger's material and Pennie called Weinman his "musical soulmate." Pennie also took care of a lot of the electronic influence in the band’s material in the studio as well as onstage, triggering effects and loops with footswitch pedals.

Chris began working in the studio with rock band Coheed and Cambria, because the drummer Josh Eppard had left the band. Due to contractual obligations, Pennie was not allowed to record for Coheed's newest album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow. Instead the band recruited Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins for the task.

On June 28th, 2007, Coheed and Cambria announced on their Myspace that Chris Pennie joined the band.

Current Projects

Chris is currently the drummer for Coheed and Cambria.

In addition, he has also lended his talent to the predominately electronic band Idiot Pilot on their 2007 released album Wolves. "In addition, the Dillinger Escape Plan's Chris Pennie appears on the album, augmenting several of Wolves' tracks with his drumming prowess. Anderson said the one-two punches of Hoppus, Robinson, Barker, and Pennie are bringing something new to Idiot Pilot's established sound."[1]

He is also the drummer for hard rock band Return to Earth.

Equipment

Drums: Mapex Saturn Series
Finish: Black Cherry Sparkle
Sizes: 22"20" Bass Drum, 12"x9" Tom, 16"x16" Floor Tom, 14"x7" Snare drum (Mapex "Classic" Sizes)
Cymbals: Sabian - 14" HHX Groove Hats, 18" HHXplosion Crash, 19" HHXplosion Crash, 21" HH Raw Bell Dry Ride, 19" Signature Paragon Chinese
Sticks: Vater Xtreme Design 5B.

Discography

With Dillinger Escape Plan

With Coheed and Cambria

  • 2008 Kerrang - A Maiden Heaven - The Trooper Cover
  • 2009 Neverender: Children of The Fence Edition
  • 2010 "Year of the Black Rainbow"

Others

  • 1998 Boxer The Hurt Process
  • 2005 Getaway Car "Getaway Car" Mass Appeal
  • 2004 All Else Failed This Never Happened
  • 2007 Idiot Pilot Wolves
  • 2007 Return To Earth (band) "Captains of Industry"

External links

  1. ^ http://usa.mapexdrums.com/artists/bio.asp?ID=54







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