If you love heavy music and drumming, and are relatively keyed in to what’s happening in underground music in 2022, you surely know that Stray from the Path drummer, Craig Reynolds, is one of the best drummers in heavy music right now. The dude just absolutely shreds. Not content with just being a sick drummer, Craig also moonlights as a super entertaining podcast host on The Downbeat.
Craig’s most recent guest is none other than Andy Hurley, who you surely would recognize as the drummer of a tiny band called Fall Out Boy. Andy is a fascinating individual. If we’re being honest, this guy basically lives the dream and we’re extremely jealous.
It’s well documented that Andy is a life-long fan and activate participant in aggressive music. He’s been in (and continues to be in) an overwhelming amount of hardcore and metal bands. Basically when Fall Out Boy isn’t playing arenas or stadiums, he goes and gigs in tiny clubs with the reunited Racetraitor, Sect, and has even filled in for legendary vegan straight edgers Earth Crisis in recent times.
Anyways, Andy is a massive Behemoth fan, and tells Craig a pretty entertaining story about the time he got to briefly play drums with the band. The audio is below but we’ve transcribed it for you if you prefer to read:
“So, Andrea (or Dre as I refer to her), who’s in Racetraitor [with Andy]- she was driving [the tour van] for Wolves in the Thrown Room – they were on that tour [with Behemoth] and are great. She hit me up because she was in town and we went out to eat. I LOVE Behemoth, and she was like hey- they do like a sound check and they bring fans up to play. Would you want to do that? Because I can get that to happen. I was like there’s no way. I’m not ready. Super embarrassed. And she’s just like dude, you gotta do it. Cuz she already hit someone up (and they said yes) so I was like fuck, I have to do it. This is my chance to do it.
He goes on to say:
So I just like went home, listened to the song, I can’t remember what song it was. Over and over I listened, played it in the car, you know, tapping. And then I got there. I meet them, they’re super cool. I get on stage… they start the track. And I have no idea what their count in is. They don’t have a count in. We [Fall Out Boy] have a count in that’s 5,6,7,8 for every song… Behemoth didn’t have a count in, so it just starts. And I didn’t come in because I had no idea…. and it was super embarrassing. So they explain- we come in HERE…and I wouldn’t say I nailed it. There was a few things happening. One thing that happened is the drum throne (I don’t know if this was a prank they pulled on me or something, it could’ve been)! But, the legs [on the drum throne]… the middle of it dropped so it was moving around. So I was holding myself up [to play drums] which was brutal. Dude, I have to hold myself up with a song I just learned? It was awesome. It was super fun. I fucked up the ride part because I was super nervous. I was tight and I was rushing a little bit. But it was so much fun, it ruled.”
Craig incredulously asked- “Did they knew it was you?” Andy responds: “They knew who I was. It was very cool.”
Digging back on Nergel’s Instagram, it definitely looks like they knew who he was. Here’s a video of Andy playing with them (presumably edited out to omit the count in mess up that Andy talks about above).
Watch Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy Play Drums with Behemoth:
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The whole podcast is a great listen, but if you want to zoom in to the Behemoth conversation specifically, that starts around the 6:49 mark below:
Some of Andy’s other bands are also below for your listening pleasure: