Andy Hurley

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Andy Hurley
Hurley performing with Fall Out Boy in 2014.
Background information
Birth name Andrew John Hurley
Born (1980-05-31) May 31, 1980 (age 34)
Origin Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Pop punk, hardcore punk, alternative rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1996–present
Labels Fuck City, Island
Associated acts Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things, Enabler, FocusedXMinds, Misery Signals, Burning Empires,[1] Project Rocket,[1] Racetraitor,[1] Arma Angelus,[1] Earth Crisis,[1] The Kill Pill, xFor Death or Gloryx,[1] Killtheslavemaster, Vegan Reich[1]
Notable instruments
C&C Custom drums
Sabian cymbals
Vic Firth sticks
Remo Drum Heads

Andrew John "Andy" Hurley (born May 31, 1980) is an American musician and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of the Chicago-based rock band Fall Out Boy. Prior to Fall Out Boy, Hurley played in several hardcore punk bands. He joined Fall Out Boy as the full-time drummer in 2003 and was in the band's lineup until its hiatus in 2009. Following that, he formed the heavy metal supergroup The Damned Things with Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman; the group went on hiatus after its debut album, Ironiclast (2010), due to band members focusing on their original bands' new album cycles. Hurley moved on to hardcore punk band Enabler which released a debut album and toured in 2012. Fall Out Boy regrouping, new album and tour on February 4, 2013. The new album, Save Rock and Roll, was released April 16, 2013, with the punk EP PAX AM Days announced on September 30 and slated for release on October 15 the same year.

Hurley is straight edge and has been vegan since he was 16.[2] Bands such as Metallica and Slayer inspired him to play the drums. Hurley is endorsed by C&C Custom drums, Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks.

Early life[edit]

Hurley was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He was brought up by his mother, who worked as a nurse; his father died when he was five.[3] Hurley attended Menomonee Falls High School and played percussion in bands, though his first instrument was the saxophone. After high school, he attended University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, double-majoring in anthropology and history.[4] He identifies himself as an anarcho-primitivist, explaining that this means he believes that humans are supposed to live the way they lived prior to 10,000 years ago.[5] When asked about this in the February 2007 issue of Alternative Press, he said that his career contradicted his beliefs, but at the same time, he had to make a living. Hurley is also vegan and straight edge.[3]

Hurley's house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was featured in an episode of MTV Cribs. He loves comic books and still owns his first drum set from C&C Custom Drums along with his own custom drumsticks from Vic Firth.

Musical career[edit]

Hurley played in heavy metal and hardcore punk bands including Racetraitor, Killtheslavemaster, Project Rocket, xFor Death or Gloryx, The Kill Pill, and Arma Angelus.[3] In 1999, he was a guest drummer on Vegan Reich's "Jihad" EP.[6]

Hurley joined Fall Out Boy in 2003 after the band's debut mini-LP Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend and recorded Take This to Your Grave (2003). Hurley had been friends with bassist Pete Wentz since he was 16, and he first filled in on a touring position as drummer for Fall Out Boy before joining the band as full-time drummer. Fall Out Boy is the fourth band Hurley has been in with Wentz. With Fall Out Boy, Hurley has achieved major commercial success and toured the world.

Hurley has a record label, Fuck City, which has released music by Misery Signals, Peregrine (led by anarcho-primitivist writer Kevin Tucker), and Auryn.[7][8]

During the band's hiatus from 2009-2013, Hurley drummed with heavy metal band The Damned Things, which featured members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die and released debut album Ironiclast. He has also played in the Milwaukee hardcore band Enabler. It released a full album entitled All Hail The Void in Summer 2012. Hurley is also part of other rock bands.

In late 2012, Hurley began playing drums in Milwaukee-based straight edge hardcore band, FocusedXMinds.[9] It was rumored that the return of Fall Out Boy would end his time with the band, but Hurley confirmed on Twitter on March 12 that "I am in it for life." [10]

Fall Out Boy announced the end of their hiatus on February 4, 2013. Hurley drummed on their album Save Rock and Roll (2013)[11] and toured worldwide, including during the Monumentour.[12] Sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho was released to become the band's third Billboard 200 No. 1 album.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Andy Hurley and the Dads Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) to join Earth Crisis on upcoming tour Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Andy Hurley tweet on being vegan Twitter. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Apar, Cory. "Andy Hurley: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  4. ^ Olson, Drew (May 17, 2007). "Milwaukee native Hurley keeps the beat for Fall Out Boy", Retrieved on 2007-05-19.
  5. ^ "Not Gonna Fall Out". Memphis Flyer. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  6. ^ Downey, Ryan J. "Vegan Reich: Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Fuck City record label". Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Fuck City: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Twitter". 
  10. ^ "Twitter". 
  11. ^ "Interview: Fall Out Boy – Saving Rock And Roll (Part 2)". Music Feeds. 
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Fall Out Boy lights 'em up". Live Nation. 

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