Brian Chase

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Brian Chase
Brian Chase in 2016
Brian Chase in 2016
Background information
Born (1978-02-12) February 12, 1978 (age 45)
OriginLong Island, New York, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, fusion, drone
Instrument(s)Drums, guitar
Years active1990s–present
LabelsInterscope, Heathen Skulls

Brian Chase (born February 12, 1978) is an American drummer and drone musician who plays in the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He was ranked at #50 in Gigwise's list of The Greatest Drummers of All Time.[1] He plays drums with traditional grip.[2]


Chase met Karen O at Ohio's Oberlin College, and he joined the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2000 after the original drummer left the trio.[3]

Starting at college, Chase played for the rock band The Seconds.[4] Chase has been described by the New York Times as "a consummate music nerd, a conservatory-trained jazz drummer who still plays in the city’s experimental scene."[5]

Outside of his rock work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chase has performed in a number of experimental duos with other musicians such as Stefan Tcherepnin and Seth Misterka, with whom he released a CD Duo on the Australian Heathen Skulls label in 2007.[6] Other musicians he has played with include Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Yonatan Gat, Moppa Elliott, and groups Oakley Hall, Blarvuster, and klezmer-fusionists The Sway Machinery[7]

In May 2010 the Chase/Misterka Duo performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival[8] and then a month-long Australian tour. A second record The Shape of Sound was released to coincide.[9]

In 2013, Chase released the album Drums & Drones.[5] A follow-up, Drums & Drones II, was released in 2018 by Canadian label ICM.[10] Chase's drone work has been inspired by his time working at La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Dream House, NYC.[11]

Chase founded and operates Chaikin Records, a label named after his family's original name.[12]


  1. ^ "The Greatest Drummers Of All Time!". Gigwise. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ "Brian Chase and Seth Misterka". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather (2002-05-17). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  4. ^ Motia, Shahryar (March 14, 2006). "No No No Wave". Music. Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  5. ^ a b Goodman, Lizzy. "Get Yer Yeah Yeah Yeahs Out". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  6. ^ "Heathen Skulls". Heathen Skulls. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  7. ^ Pasternack, Alex (October 10, 2007). "Can't Get Enough of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (interview)". blog. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  8. ^ "MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2010 — DAY 2". AusJazz Blog. May 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Heathen Skulls". Heathen Skulls. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  10. ^ "Drums & Drones II, by Brian Chase". ICM. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  11. ^ "Brian Chase On "Drums and Drones: Decade" - Ravelin Magazine". Ravelin Magazine. 2018-05-29. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  12. ^ "Chaikin Records – About". Chaikin Records. Retrieved 19 March 2022.

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