|At the start of the list is a rather new drummer, a number of people may contend that he's not actually a punk drummer and more of a metal one but I disagree, it's right that he's keen to slow it down and do his metal fills but at heart he's genuinely a punk-
Steve Jocz -AKA "Stevo"Born 23/07/1981. Jocz is best renowned for his percussionist in the Canadian punk group Sum 41. A really quick and awkward drummer, he's able to change the atmosphere of a song at once. One of the few punk drummers that is able to record cheesy metal fills and get away with it. Steve is also notorious for his toilet humour which is a certain indication of punk maturity/immaturity- you choose!
Tré Cool (real name Frank Edwin Wright III)Born on December 9, 1972. Tré is part of the original (pretty much) 3 piece that make up Green Day. Leaning extensively more to the pop part of punk as a drummer, Tré undeniably aided Green Day accomplish the world audience that thrust them to superstars. If he been yet an extra, breakneck speed, clichéd drummer the group could have toiled to appeal to such a massive marketplace.
Josh FreeseBorn Xmas Day, 1972. Freese is best renowned for his percussionist in The Vandals however is capable of listing many other bands and accomplishment. A breakneck speed drummer he can also slow it right down and unite with the finest and has recorded for Guns N' Roses, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson as if to prove the point. Josh's individual works can also show a measured, more refrained drumming technique demonstrating that speed isn't everything but personally I favour the Vandals noise.
Travis BarkerBorn on November 14, 1975. Perhaps best renowned for his percussionist in Blink 182 he has also drummed for many other bands. Travis comes in at number 2 not simply as for his great speed and timing but because of his expansive range of styles from Hip-hop to Punk, Pop to even Country.
Erik Sandin-AKA "Smelly"Born 29/07/1966. Erik is the enduring drummer for NOFX. Erik was a founder member of the group but left two years after in 1983. In 1986 Sandin was persuaded to re-join the group but suffered from heroin dependence until 1992 when thankfully he checked into a rehabilitation centre and has been off the drugs constantly since. Sandin may not be the top of many people's list, for anyone who enjoys the perfection of NOFX then there is no rival.
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