I just read this article in the New York Times. It was generally interesting (if a little long) but one section really made me do a double-take.
The sleeve of Final Fantasy’s most recent album (the title is at once innocent and vulgar, and can’t be printed here) lists violin, trombone, concertina, accordion, harpsichord, a string quartet, shouting and a monologue among its instruments, but guitar is nowhere to be found; neither, for that matter, is a drum kit. When I asked him why, Pallett answered without a moment’s hesitation. “Drummers ruin bands,” he said simply, as if the fact were common knowledge. “There are probably about 10 people in indie rock who know how to play the drums. If you’re in a mediocre band, just fire the drummer, and chances are you’ll have the best band in the world.”
Wait, what? This is the prose of a cutting-edge indie musician? How is it that someone who operates in the pop paradigm can say this about drummers? I know quite a few drummers and, really, all the other musicians around them tend to get their time from the drummer. In fact, I’d venture to say that most pop band musicians would sound noticeably worse without the aid of their drummers.
I think this was really just an opportunity for Owen Pallett to say something pretentious as an explanation for his lack of drums in Final Fantasy. (In fairness, it’s actually a pretty good project, if you get a chance to check it out.)