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By: NickyWalker
At the start of the list is really a comparatively recent percussionist, some may well say that he's not really a punk percussionist and more of a metal one but I disagree, so he likes to calm it down and do a few death metal fills but at heart he's an out and out punk rocker-

Steve Jocz -AKA "Stevo"Born July 23, 1981. Steve is most recognized for his drumming in the Canadian punk ensemble Sum 41. A really speedy and also tricky percussionist, he knows how to alter the atmosphere of a track instantly. One of the few punk rock drummers that is able to sneak in cheesy metal fills and get away with handling it. Steve is also renowned for his lavatory humour which is a distinct indicator of punk maturity/immaturity- you pick!

Travis BarkerBorn November 14, 1975. Perhaps most recognised for his drumming in Blink 182 he's also banged away for a number of other groups. Travis comes in at no 4 not merely for his good speed and timing but as a result of his extended range of styles from Punk to Hip-hop, Country to Pop.

Tre Cool (real name Frank Edwin Wright III)Born 09/12/1972. He is one of the original (pretty much) 3 piece that are Green Day. Slanting extensively more to the pop part of punk as a percussionist, Tre definitely assisted Green Day grasp the worldwide audience that thrust them to superstars. If he been yet an extra, high speed, same old drummer the ensemble might have struggled to impress such a massive market.

Josh FreeseBorn 25/12/1972. Josh is best known for his drumming in The Vandals yet can list lots of other groups and accomplishments. A high velocity percussionist he's able to slow it right down and merge with the very best and has played for Guns N' Roses, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson as if to demonstrate the point. His individual recordings can also feature a slower, more refrained drumming fashio demonstrating that a fast pace isn't the lot but personally I prefer the Vandals sound.

Erik Sandin-AKA "Smelly"Born July 29, 1966. Sandin is the lasting percussionist for NOFX. Sandin was initially an original character of the ensemble however departed 2 years later in 1983. In 1986 he was persuaded to re-unite with the ensemble but suffered from heroin dependence until 1992 when he booked into a rehabilitation center and has been clean ever since. Sandin may not be the top of everyones list, for somebody that loves the brilliance of NOFX then there is absolutely no equal.

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Even though Nicky has matured (a little) and utilizes his days working for service, he will forever be a big defender of punk. His hair's a fair bit more rational at the present time.

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