Jason McGerr

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Jason McGerr
Background information
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Drummer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano, drums, bass
Years active 2003–present
Labels Barsuk, Atlantic, Vanguard, Sire
Associated acts Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara

Jason McGerr is the long-standing drummer for the band Death Cab for Cutie.

McGerr was a guest performer on Tegan and Sara's album The Con (Released July 2007). He can be seen recording in studio with them on the DVD entitled "The Con DVD" by Tegan and Sara. He also played drums for their album Sainthood (Released October 2009).[1]

McGerr was previously in Krusters Kronomid and Eureka Farm as well as the Seattle jazz trio Rockin' Teenage Combo. McGerr is an instructor at the Seattle Drum School when not playing drums for Death Cab for Cutie. McGerr has also helped and mentored teen indie-pop group Smoosh.

McGerr played on Matt Nathanson's album Some Mad Hope. He is featured on half the tracks of the album, Jason McKenzie played on the other half. McGerr has also lent a hand to Pretty Girls Make Graves on their The New Romance album. This was done while drumming for his other band Neo. He also drummed on Tegan and Sara albums, The Con and Sainthood, and on his Death Cab bandmate Chris Walla's solo album, Field Manual.

McGerr plays Craviotto drums, Remo Drumheads, Paiste cymbals (their Twenty series), Vic Firth drumsticks, and Drum Workshop pedals and hardware.

In June 2007, McGerr opened the doors to his own recording studio, Two Sticks Audio, located in Seattle, WA – where Smoosh, Barcelona, Only Human, Moros Eros, Grand Archives, David Bazan, Mark Kozelek, Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, Tegan and Sara, and Death Cab for Cutie—amongst others—have spent time recording.

After the opening of his studio, McGerr began working with Propellerhead, specifically Hayden Bursk of Drummerheads on an expansion pack for Reason 4. It's been dubbed "The Jason McGerr Sessions", and it is available as a ReFill from the propellerheads website and as a stand-alone from the Drummerheads website.

Speaking of McGerr in 2003, Benjamin Gibbard notes that he "definitely believe[s] this will be the last drummer we'll ever have. It's kind of come full circle. It makes more sense having him than it has anyone else that's ever played with us."[2]


Death Cab for Cutie[edit]

  • Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (October 7, 2003, Barsuk)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Plans (August 30, 2005, Atlantic)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs (May 13, 2008, Atlantic)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Open Door EP (March 31, 2009, Atlantic)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys (May 31, 2011, Atlantic)

Other credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet the Band". teganandsara.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dobbs, Fraser. "discorder | that magazine from CiTR 101.9fm". Discorder.ca. Retrieved October 22, 2011.