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By: NickyWalker
At the start of the list is a pretty recent percussionist, a few could disagree that he's not really a punk percussionist and more of a heavy metal one but I differ, true he's partial to calm it down and do his metal fills but at heart he's really a punk rocker-

Steve Jocz -AKA "Stevo"Born July 23, 1981. Jocz is generally known for his percussionist in the Canadian pop punk ensemble Sum 41. A very high-speed and awkward percussionist, he's able to turn the feel of a song instantly. One of the few punk drummers that is able to play cheesy metal fills and get away with handling it. Steve is also notorious for his lavatory humour which is a known indicator of punk maturity/immaturity- you choose!

Travis BarkerBorn November 14, 1975. Perhaps best known for his percussionist in Blink 182 he's also drummed for many other groups. Travis sits in at number 4 not just as for his great speed and timing but because of his varied collection of styles from Punk to Hip-hop, Country to Pop.

Tré Cool (real name Frank Edwin Wright III)Born 09/12/1972. He is one of the original (pretty much) 3 piece that make up Green Day. Bending a lot closer to the pop side of punk as a percussionist, Tré undeniably helped Green Day accomplish the global audience that pushed them to superstars. If he been yet one more, high speed, uninspired drummer the ensemble would have struggled to interest such a big market.

Josh FreeseBorn 25/12/1972. Josh is generally known for his percussionist in The Vandals but is capable of listing many other groups and accomplishments. A high speed percussionist capable of slowing it down and unite with the top and has played for Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Guns N' Roses as if to demonstrate the point. His solo works sometimes present a slower, more refrained drumming style proving that speed isn't everything although for my part I prefer the Vandals sound.

Erik Sandin-AKA "Smelly"Born on July 29, 1966. Sandin is the enduring percussionist for NOFX. Sandin was a founder part of the ensemble although departed two years later in 1983. In 1986 Erik was convinced to re-unite with the ensemble but suffered from heroin dependence until 1992 when he checked into a rehabilitation centre and has been clean ever since. Whilst Erik may not be the top of everyones list, for someone that understands the perfection of NOFX then there is no challenge.

About the Author:

Even though Nicky has matured (a little) and spends his hours dreaming of doing stupid things like http://www.cheeserolling.co.uk again he misses the life of a punk rocker. He's so grown up he's even started listening to http://www.einaudi.co.uk!

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