Pixies' David Lovering Joins Vater Family

Vater Welcomes Pixies Drummer David Lovering to the Artist Family.



David Lovering is an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986. After the band’s breakup in 1993, Lovering drummed with several other acts, including The Martinis, Cracker, Nitzer Ebb and Tanya Donelly. He also pursued a magic career as The Scientific Phenomenalist; performing scientific and physics-based experiments on stage.

As a drummer Lovering was inspired by bands from a variety of genres, including Rush and Steely Dan. Author Ben Sisario described him as the “great unacknowledged anchor” of the Pixies, and stated that his unique influences gave “a precision and versatility essential to following Black Francis’s songwriting quirks”.


"The Pixies have had such a major influence on many of today's top alternative rock bands." said Chad Brandolini (Vater's Director of Artist Relations). "David Lovering has been using the Vater 5A's for years now, so we're very excited to officially welcome him into the Vater Family!"


A few words from his peers: 


"From the first time I heard the opening drums on the Pixies 'Bone Machine' I became a fan of David Lovering. His style is unique and musical. I've logged a lot of hours listening to his drumming on those Pixies records and have always found his parts and approach to drumming fresh and exciting." -Josh Freese (Devo/A Perfect Circle/Weezer) 


"No one else sounds like David Lovering. He has his own "thing," and it's genius. I just saw the Pixies at the Ryman in Nashville recently and it was as powerful and as fresh as ever. I'm proud to be in the Vater family with him." -Fred Eltringham (KD Lang)


"No Pixies, No Boston Rock. No David Lovering, No Pixies...No Boston Rock. Dave Lovering is a Great Drummer!" -Mike Levesque (Seven Mary Three/Independent)


"David Lovering is one of rocks most underrated drummers. His drumming screams precision and taste."-Jose Medeles (The Breeders/1939 Ensemble)



About the Pixies:

The Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in their home country, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.

The group has been described as a big influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt his band Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, helped the Pixies' legacy and popularity grow in the years following their break-up, leading to sold-out tours following their reunion in 2004.

In the 11 years following the break-up, rumors sometimes circulated regarding a reunion. Though Frank Black steadfastly dismissed them, he did begin to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering's magic show as an opening act to concerts.

In 2003, a series of phone calls between band members resulted in some low-key rehearsals, and soon to a decision to reunite. By February 2004, a full tour was announced, and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes. The band's four night run at London's Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue's 20 year history.

The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a warmup tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band then spent much of 2004 touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. The 2004 reunion tour reportedly grossed over $14 million in ticket sales.

In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok" exclusively on the iTunes Music Store. The song reached number one in the UK Official Download Chart. 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of "Ain't That Pretty At All" to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. The band continued to make appearances through 2006 and 2007, culminating in their first-ever appearances in Australia.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009, in which all the album's songs and B-sides would be played. The tour began in Europe, continued in the United States in November, with Australia, New Zealand, and more European dates in spring 2010, and back to North America in autumn 2010 and into spring 2011.


The Pixies Live:

Here Comes Your Man

Where is My Mind


Wave of Mutilation

loudQUIETloud: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES - Official Trailer

Posted by Chad on Monday, April 25, 2011 12:04 PM

New Vater Artists

We are very pleased to welcome a few new artists to the Vater Family recently. We're honored that these drummers have chosen Vater as their stick of choice. More and more of your favorite drummers continually count on Vater's high quality to meet their demands on the road and in the studio.

Join us as we welcome the following artists to the Family:

Scott Travis (Judas Priest)

Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars)

Mike Phillips (Janelle Monae)

Adam Coldhouse (Gold Motel)

Andy Reilly (Celtic Woman Tour)

Andrew Oliver (I See Stars)

Mike Kennedy (The Wonder Years)

Marc St.Sauvuer (Fang Island)

Jamie Perkins (The Pretty Reckless)

Jon Epcar (Carney/Spiderman: Turn off The Dark on Broadway)

Jen Lowe (Independent)

Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals)

James Ulrich (Runner Runner)

Steven Adler (Adler's Appetite)

Steven Kopacz (Go Radio)

Rob Perkins (Michael Buble)

Grant McFarland (This of the Apocalypse)

Dennis Wilson (Every Avenue)

Rob Hammersmith (Skid Row)

Mitch Moulton (Bucky Covington)

Categories: Artists
Posted by Chad on Friday, February 18, 2011 4:37 PM

New Vater Artists

It's been a while since we posted new Vater Artist announcements as we have been busy working on this new site. So, here's a list of new Vater Artists from the past few months.

Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals)

Big Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)

Lou Vecchio (Vita Chambers)

Leah Shapiro (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Nik Hughes (Emily Osment)

Dante Roberson (The Whispers/Independent)

Jay Lane (Primus)

Dan Johnson (Brian "Head" Welch)

Ryan Gose (This Century)

Rob Chianelli (We Are The In Crowd)

Nick Pizzolato (Moving Mountains)

Jazz Robertson (Jazz Robertson Trio & Quintet/Yvonne Aubert Trio)

Alberto Vargas (New Wine/El Rey Jesus)

Travis Roundtree (The Ready Set)

Eric See (Just Kait)

Matt Young (Black Sunshine)

Caleb Clifton (Eyes Set To Kill)

Hayden Scott (The New Regime)

Kyle Melancon (Disney’s Imagination Movers Tour)

Michael Rogers (Craig Morgan)

Larone “Skeeter” McMillian

Rischard Jenkins (Tamia/Kelly Price)

Tyler Minsberg (The Dangerous Summer)

Skip Erickson (The Classic Crime)

Jevin Hunter (Musician’s Institute Faculty/PIT)

Sam Bosson (Trash Talk)

Chris Kamrada (There For Tomorrow)

Tino Arteaga (Of Mice & Men)

Luke Swarm (Cobra Skulls)

Matt Rawlins (Living Anthem)

Aaron Mathew (Luminate)

Nick Angelini (A Wilhelm Scream)

Dave Hidalgo (Social Distortion)

Matt Burr (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals)

Categories: Artists
Posted by Chad on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:30 AM
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