I joined the band when Erik and Mike started jamming at my house. At the time, I was kind of jaded--every band I had been in had broken up, plus my dad had just passed away, so I was kind of in a funk. I wanted nothing to do with it. Those two kept pressuring me, and Erik was feeding me gin and tonics. Needless to say, I started jamming and have been in the band ever since.
[ INFLUENCES ]
I grew up listening to bands like the Beatles, the Eagles, Creedence, etc., with my dad. He was a musician as well, and listened to music often. One of the first songs I ever learned on guitar was "Lying Eyes" by the Eagles, taught to me by my father. Pretty special. As I grew up, I got into AC/DC, and was really taken by the simple but heavy rock. Later I had a huge Motley Crue phase (starting with Shout at the Devil and lasting up until Dr. Feelgood). Around 6th grade, I started getting into heavier bands. I became obsessed with Anthrax and Metallica. As I spread my metal wings, I got into Slayer, Megadeth, and lesser known bands like Metal Church, Sacred Reich, etc. I got into hardcore (Breakdown, Killing Time, Sick of it All) for a bit. This was about the time I started playing music "seriously" and got into my first real band (with Mr. Johnson). Over the years, bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Rush, NoFX, and the Melvins have influenced me in my musical journey.
Neal Peart was the first drummer that made me say, "How the hell did he do that?"; Charlie Benante, Tommy Lee, Dave Lombardo, John Bonham, Brian Downey, Sean Kinney, Tim Alexander, Danny Carey, and Lars Ulrich influenced me growing up. In more recent years, I've really gotten into Brann Dailor, Dale Crover, Coady Willis, JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb, Sean Reinert (I was really into him when I was younger, but just couldn't wrap my brain around what he was doing), Richard Christy, Mike Mangini, Thomas Lang, Marco Minnemann, Andrea Vadrucci, and tons more. I often spend hours on YouTube looking for good drumming videos.
[ GEAR ]
Kevin uses Tama Starclassic Maple Drums, Sabian/Paiste Cymbals, a GMS snare, Evans heads, and a Pearl Demon Drive double bass pedal.