“NOTHING FROM MY GENERATION SPOKE TO ME UNTIL I HEARD PUNK ROCK. IT WAS RAW. IT WAS ANGRY. IT HAD ENERGY AND ANGST. IT WAS EVERYTHING THAT I WAS.” – If it weren´t for Punk Rock, Erik “Smelly” Sandin might not have played drums—or any instrument at all. But in 1981 his neighbourhood punk band needed a drummer, so 15-year-old Erik became one. Two years later, he and two Los Angeles friends formed NOFX, which would go on to become one of the most successful and long-running punk bands ever.
With his skittering sixteenth-note hi-hat patterns, clean snare rolls and speedy double kick patterns, played with a single pedal, Erik manages to be the solid foundation of the band´s sound even at NOFX’s light-speed tempos. In our interview Smelly tells us how he sees his role within in the band and explains his current set-up.
Erik plays Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple in Red Autumn:
22″ x 18″ Bass Drum, 12″ x 8″ Tom Tom, 16″ x 15″ Floor Tom
14″ x 5.5″ Brass Snare (RRS1455).
More of Erik, NOFX and the band´s new album “First Ditch Effort”: http://www.nofxofficialwebsite.com/
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Camera & Edit: Merlin Ettore.
Recorded at Grosse Freiheit36 in Hamburg on August 6th, 2016.
Special thanks to Steve Garrett and whole NOFX Crew.