Chris Pennie

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Chris Pennie
Born May 31, 1977 (age 37)
Genres Alternative rock, new prog, mathcore, post-hardcore
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coheed and Cambria, Idiot Pilot, Return to Earth, The Armed

Chris Pennie (born on May 31, 1977) [1] is the former drummer for the progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria and former drummer and co-founder of mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Background[edit]

Pennie began playing drums at the age of 13, and at age 16 decided to pursue music seriously. He spent two years at Berklee College of Music and received a diploma in Music Synthesis, which focuses on electronic music composition and manipulation.

Influences[edit]

As far as drummers, Pennie has cited Lars Ulrich and Stewart Copeland as his main early influences. In regard to his current playing, Sean Reinert is one of his biggest inspirations. He's also emphasized on several occasions that listening to and playing a diverse assortment of music has been an integral part in developing his style, noting such eclectic influences as 70's jazz-rock fusion group Mahavishnu Orchestra, technical metal bands Meshuggah, Cynic, and electronic-influenced groups such as Nine Inch Nails and DJ Shadow.

Bands[edit]

While in high school he was playing in the local New Jersey based band, Prozak. The other 3 members of Prozak were 8 – 10 years Pennie's senior, and in order for Prozak to play the local bars and clubs, Pennie's father would accompany him to the various gigs. Chris played with Prozak from ‘93 until he began attending Berklee School of Music in '95. He recorded ten songs with Prozak during his time with the band but they were never commercially released.

Pennie also spent time with the pop-punk group Boxer. Formed in 1995 with another Berklee graduate, Jeremy McDowell, they became the first band to be signed to the now famous Vagrant Records. They released one album, "The Hurt Process" in 1998, and broke up in late 1999. Pennie also recorded drums for his former tourmates in experimental metalcore group All Else Failed on their 2004 album "This Never Happened". Pennie describes his band, The Dillinger Escape Plan, as being 'mathcore' where they start each song with no structure and an open palette.

As for his role in the Dillinger Escape Plan, he and guitarist Ben Weinman, along with now departed singer and bassist Dimitri Minakakis and Adam Doll respectively, formed the band in March 1997. He and Ben Weinman wrote the majority of Dillinger's material and Pennie called Weinman his "musical soulmate". Pennie also took care of a lot of the electronic influence in the band’s material in the studio as well as onstage, triggering effects and loops with footswitch pedals.

Chris became frustrated with The Dillinger Escape Plan, in particular with Ben Weinman because of a lack of creativity and touring because Weinman was caught up trying to sue somebody. Pennie had previously turned down the Nine Inch Nails job because The Dillinger Escape Plan was 'his baby' but wasn't willing to turn down Coheed and Cambria because of his frustrations with Weinman and subsequently left Dillinger.

Chris began working in the studio with rock band Coheed and Cambria, because the drummer Josh Eppard had left the band. Due to contractual obligations, Pennie was not allowed to record for Coheed's 2007 album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow. Instead the band recruited Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins for the task. On June 28, 2007, Coheed and Cambria announced on their Myspace that Chris Pennie joined the band.

On 2 November 2011, Coheed and Cambria announced on their Facebook page that Pennie had left the band.[2] Chris also announced: he had parted ways with Coheed and Cambria, in order to focus on other projects such as Return to Earth and Fight Mannequins.[3]

Current projects[edit]

He has also lent his talent to the predominately electronic band Idiot Pilot on their 2007 released album Wolves. "In addition, the Dillinger Escape Plan's Chris Pennie appears on the album, augmenting several of Wolves' tracks with his drumming prowess. Anderson said the one-two punches of Hoppus, Robinson, Barker, and Pennie are bringing something new to Idiot Pilot's established sound."[4]

Equipment[edit]

Drums: Mapex Saturn Series in Black Cherry Sparkle finish

  • 20"x22" Bass
  • 9"x12" Rack Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom
  • 7"x14" Mapex Snare drum

Cymbals: Sabian

  • 14" HHX Groove Hats
  • 18" HHXplosion Crash
  • 19" HHXplosion Crash
  • 21" HH Raw Bell Dry Ride
  • 19" Paragon Chinese

Sticks: Vater

  • Vater Xtreme Design 5B

Bass Pedals: Mapex

  • Mapex Falcon Double Bass Pedal.

Discography[edit]

With Dillinger Escape Plan[edit]

With Coheed and Cambria[edit]

With Return to Earth[edit]

  • 2007 Captains of Industry
  • 2010 Automata

Others[edit]

  • 1998 Boxer The Hurt Process
  • 2005 Getaway Car "Getaway Car" Mass Appeal
  • 2004 All Else Failed This Never Happened
  • 2007 Idiot Pilot Wolves
  • 2010 The Armed "Common Enemies"
  • 2010 New World Man - A Tribute to Rush
  • 2011 The Armed "Young & Beautiful"
  • 2012 The Armed "Spreading Joy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mapex Drums". Usa.mapexdrums.com. 1977-05-31. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Coheed and Cambria (Facebook)". 
  3. ^ "Noisecreep". 
  4. ^ Harris, Chris (2006-09-18). "Idiot Pilot Work With Plus-44's Barker, Hoppus On 'Dark Pop' LP - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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