I've played in a surf rock band for two years now. The band is composed of friends of mine, and I was a long-time fan. In the last couple years they were forced to fire the bass player due to attendance issues, and the drummer grew disenchanted with the originals, plus he took a job several cities away so it was only a matter of time before he quit. I joined just in time to play his last show. We've been without a drummer for almost a year. We've played one charity show with a guest drummer, but we knew it would be an uphill battle. The thing is, we're not full-time players...we all have day jobs, and play because we really like to play. We knew if we found someone we preferred it be was a friend-of-a-friend (easier that way), that person would have to be a casual player comfortable with casual players, and willing to play surf/punk originals for free. Most importantly they'd have to match our messed up sense of humour. Long(ish) story short, we finally found someone who likes our songs, likes us, and wants to join. We've been easing her into the role, and she fits perfectly. The best part, she comes from an urban background, so while she's learning our drumlines, her beats come from a new place that we all dig. Last night we asked her to play something she feels the vibe of, and she came out of left field with this awesome blues/hip hop-inspired drum beat, and after five minutes we created a new smooth groove instrumental from the jam we decided to call "low tide". Our first new original since I joined. I can't wait until this comes together and we're back in the scene. This new lineup is rocking my brain and I'm quite certain we all feel the same. Sorry for the rambling story...just really excited to see how this evolves. I think we finally have the lineup and energy they were hoping for when they created the band.