Isaac Carpenter (drummer)

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Isaac Carpenter
Performing with Loaded at the Dublin Academy in 2009.
Background information
Born (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 37)
Tri-Cities, Washington, U.S.
  • Drummer
  • musician
  • producer
  • audio engineer
  • session musician
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts

Isaac Carpenter (born August 29, 1979) is an American drummer, percussionist, producer, audio engineer and session musician. Carpenter is best known as the former drummer for the alternative rock group Gosling as well as its previous incarnation Loudermilk. Currently, Carpenter is the drummer for Awolnation. He previously played with Duff McKagan's Loaded[1] as well as Adam Lambert's live band and he has performed and/or recorded with The Exies,[1] Ours,[1] Seaspin,[2] Black Lab,[3][4] Marion Raven,[3] Tyga[3] and Unified Theory among others.


Loudermilk & Gosling (1995–2006)[edit]

In 1995,[5] friends Davey Ingersoll (vocals, guitar), Mark Watrous (guitar), Shane Middleton (bass) and Carpenter formed the hard rock quartet Loudermilk in the Tri-Cities of Washington.[5][6] Initially formed as a Guns N' Roses cover band, with the name .22s and Tulips,[5] in high school, they released their own independent album, Man with Gun Kills Three! in 1998.[5][6] American Recordings heard a demo of theirs and subsequently signed[5] them however despite touring with famous bands such as Mötley Crüe and Megadeth,[5] they were dropped from the label.[5] DreamWorks Records signed them in early 2002.[5] Several months later, they recorded and released their first official major label album, The Red Record.[5][6]

Isaac (drums) recording with Gosling

The group later changed their name to Gosling, after changing their musical style, retaining all members with Watrous switching from guitar to keyboards.[7] Influenced by the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate,[7] The Smashing Pumpkins,[7] Pink Floyd[7] and Queen,[7] they released the Gosling EP through The Control Group in August 2004.[7] Earlier in the year, they supported Velvet Revolver at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.[8] They released their debut full-length Here Is... in 2006 through V2[7] and went on to tour with Rose Hill Drive.[7]

A cover of David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" was included on the soundtrack to the film Underworld: Evolution in 2006.[9]

The Exies (2007–08)[edit]

In 2006, The Exies announced that they were to return to the studio to record a new album with Carpenter joining the group to perform drums on the album. The result was A Modern Way of Living with the Truth, produced by James Michael, released by the band's new label Eleven Seven.[10] Carpenter toured with the group for a month before departing.

Loaded (2009–present)[edit]

In September 2009, drummer Geoff Reading announced his departure from Loaded and at the same time he informed everyone that his replacement was Carpenter:

Isaac performing with Loaded at the Maquinaria Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2009.

Carpenter performed with the group on their tour supporting Black Stone Cherry,[12][13] during their tour of Europe, UK and Ireland that had been announced in June.

On December 2, McKagan announced via his Twitter that he and the band were jamming on some new material.[14] while guitarist Mike Squires stated in an online interview, on December 6, that the band were hoping to record a new album and to be touring and supporting it in 2010.[15]

On February 1, 2010, it was announced, via, that the group had parted ways with label Century Media and were now looking for a new label having already written and demoed new material.[16]

On July 4, 2010, the band announced they were to begin pre-production and enter the studio in August to record the follow-up to Sick stating:

In August, it was announced that the group were to record their new album with producer Terry Date, whose production credits include albums by Soundgarden, Pantera and Deftones among others.[21][22][23] On September 2, it was announced that the album was completed and that the group were looking for a label. McKagan also stated that it was Date that approached the group about producing their new album.[24][25]

Adam Lambert (2010–12)[edit]

On September 18, 2010, Carpenter joined the touring band for Adam Lambert's Glam Nation Tour, replacing previous drummer Longineu W. Parsons III who has since returned to previous group Yellowcard. He performed dates in the US as well as Europe, Asia and Australia from September through to December 2010. As of August/September 2012, Carpenter no longer plays drums for Adam Lambert.[26]

Touring with AWOLNATION (2014–present)[edit]

Isaac began touring with alternative rock band AWOLNATION during their UK summer tour in 2014. He also recorded drums for tracks on AWOLNATION's new album, Run.


Title Release Label Artist/Group
Man with Gun Kills Three! 1998 She's an Anchor Loudermilk
The Red Record 2002 DreamWorks
Gosling EP 2004 The Control Group Gosling
Here Is... 2006 V2
Huck[3] Capitol Huck Johns
A Modern Way of Living with the Truth 2007 Eleven Seven The Exies
Set Me Free[3] Marion Raven
Passion Leaves a Trace[3] Blacklabworld Black Lab
No Introduction[3] 2008 Decaydance/Young Money Tyga
A Very Special Christmas 7[3] 2009 A&M Various Artists
Welcome to the Blacklist Club[3] 2010 Sire/Reprise Evan Taubenfeld
Two Strangers Blacklabworld Black Lab
The Taking 2011 Eagle Rock Entertainment Loaded
Justice[27] Interscope Rev Theory
Run 2015 Red Bull Records Awolnation

Production & engineering credits[edit]

Release Title Label Artist/Group Credits
2002 '"Rock N' Roll" (from The Red Record) DreamWorks Loudermilk Engineer, Mixing[28]
2003 Ordinary Miracles The Control Group Post Stardom Depression Mixing[3]
2004 Gosling EP[29] Gosling Engineer, Mixing
2005 Prime Time Looks A Lot Like Amateur Night Post Stardom Depression Producer, Mixing
2006 Here Is...[30] V2 Gosling Engineer, Mixing[3]
'"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (from Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack) Lakeshore
2009 Diamonds in a Dead Sky The Missionary Position Mixing


  1. ^ a b c d "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED Drummer Quits; Replacement Announced". September 12, 2009. Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ McKagan, Duff (April 1, 2010). "A Dork Among Hipsters". Seattle Weekly. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Isaac Carpenter Credits". Artistdirect. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Durham, Paul (July 27, 2010). "Album 4 is coming!!!". Twitter. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i MacKenzie, Wilson. "Loudermilk Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c McKagan, Duff (August 2, 2010). "Love and Loudermilk". Seattle Weekly. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Apar, Corey. "Gosling Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ "VELVET REVOLVER: Setlist From Roxy Show Revealed, Photos Posted Online". May 10, 2004. 
  9. ^ "SLIPKNOT, CHESTER BENNINGTON, LACUNA COIL Featured On 'Underworld: Evolution' Soundtrack". December 16, 2005. 
  10. ^ "A Modern Way of Living with the Truth by The Exies". Artistdirect. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Reading, Geoff (December 16, 2005). "Geoff Reading announces departure from Loaded/Replacement". 
  12. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED To Support BLACK STONE CHERRY in U.K.". June 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Black Stone Cherry Announces European Tour Dates with Duff McKagan's Loaded". Metal Underground. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ McKagan, Duff. "Jamming on Loaded Material". Twitter. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ "A Q&A with Mike Squires from Duff McKagan's Loaded". Blogger. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  16. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED Splits With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS, Seeks New Label Home". February 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED To Enter Studio in August". July 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Duff McKagan's Loaded Ready New Record". Classic Rock. July 5, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Duff McKagan's Loaded To Enter Studio in August". July 5, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Duff McKagan's Loaded Ready New Album". Metal Hammer. July 6, 2010. 
  21. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED Taps Producer TERRY DATE For New Album". August 4, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Duff McKagan's Loaded Choose Producer". Classic Rock. August 5, 2010. 
  23. ^ McKagan, Duff (August 9, 2010). "Loaded's Headed into the Studio With Terry Date, the Guy Behind the Records That Inspire the Records I Strive to Make". Seattle Weekly. 
  24. ^ McKagan, Duff (September 2, 2010). "One Loaded Summer". Seattle Weekly. 
  25. ^ "DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED Completes Work on New Album". September 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Adam Lambert Introduces New Drummer Isaac Carpenter". Rockstar Weekly. September 21, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Isaac Carpenter Credits". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  28. ^ The Red RecordIs (booklet). Loudermilk. DreamWorks Records. 2002. 
  29. ^ Gosling EP (digipak). Gosling. The Control Group. 2004. 
  30. ^ Here Is... (booklet). Gosling. V2 Records. 2006. 

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