View Full Version : Chamberlin News - new band, "This", etc.

12-28-2009, 04:43 PM
Apologies if this is old news - did a search but seems like nobody else posted this.

Former Pumpkin beats out a smashing clinic (

"He's played stadiums, won a Grammy, sold millions of CDs and toured the world.

And yet Jimmy Chamberlin, former drummer for the 1990s alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins, was anxious before giving a free drum clinic for 200 fans Thursday at SSE Music.

"I'm used to three other people up there with me," Chamberlin said. "It's different on my own."

The evening was a mix of music and motivation. Chamberlin talked about drumming and played songs from his solo project, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, and his newest band, This.

But Chamberlin went beyond the music, encouraging people to follow their passion.

"Anything you do, make sure you can be happy doing it," Chamberlin said.

Drumming always has made Chamberlin happy, something he's done for 37 years. His idea of success, he said, isn't selling millions of records.

"I've seen people walk off the stage of stadiums miserable, and I've seen people playing smoky clubs who are lighting up the room with joy," Chamberlin said. "Fame and fortune doesn't equal happiness."
Chamberlin has followed his own advice - he left the latest incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins last March.

"For me, I felt like I needed to be more than a drummer," Chamberlin said. "I didn't feel like I had enough ownership. It's better sometimes to say ‘It's time to do my own thing.'"

That's where This, his latest band comes in. He describes the music as "progressive, symphonic pop," and said the band plans to hit the studio in January. It has challenged him musically and given him more freedom - things he finds essential for happiness.

"You need to find your own idea of what success looks like to you," Chamberlin said. "It all has to do with formulating a clear vision."

SSE Music usually has a drum clinic once a year, said owner Steve Earp.

"It's become a tradition," Earp said. "This is probably our largest one. It's our way of giving people an opportunity to see and hear a national artist."

Drummers Chris Paquette, 18, and Aaron Frost, 20, liked that Chamberlin talked about more than music.

"You usually just hear about technique," Paquette said. "I liked what he had to say about finding what you love, even if it isn't music."

"He took it beyond that level," Frost said. "He seems to really have a passion for it."

12-28-2009, 04:51 PM
To be fair the search feature is a joke.

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12-28-2009, 06:27 PM
i'm pretty pumped for some new music from jimmy. i'm glad he's doing something new... jcc was good music but not really my thing. idk what to expect from "this," symphonic pop? what? okay.

12-28-2009, 06:33 PM
To be fair the search feature is a joke.

Also the band name is "This". Highly unsearchable.

12-28-2009, 06:56 PM

12-28-2009, 07:03 PM
wtf is "progressive, symphonic pop"

12-28-2009, 07:11 PM

Pizza Club
12-28-2009, 07:13 PM
something something Gold Coast

You Said
12-28-2009, 07:14 PM
But she wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts
She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers.

12-28-2009, 08:50 PM
How much you want to bet Jimmy releases 44 songs before Billy does?

12-28-2009, 10:11 PM
he seems pretty awesome

12-28-2009, 10:26 PM
Guy wanted to get his own groove goin', can't beat that. Not bad mouthin' Billy, no bad blood, just moved on. JC: class act.

12-29-2009, 12:28 AM
Jimmy is all about THE MUSIC. I don't know WTF Billy is about these days.

12-29-2009, 02:36 AM
He at least seems to have some direction which is more than can be said about his bald headed counterpart. Either way we need something!!!!!:mad:

12-29-2009, 05:17 AM
Jimmy is all about THE MUSIC. I don't know WTF Billy is about these days.


12-29-2009, 06:23 AM
I wonder how long it will be until Billy makes some petty blog post mentioning how lame bands named after pronouns are

Sonic Johnny
12-29-2009, 06:57 AM
This This record will sound like either

a) Silversun Pickups in odd time; or
b) bad Smashing Pumkins b-sides

12-29-2009, 07:51 AM
I'm thinking more... something like Arcade Fire meets Sigur Ros. In fact, anyone heard Jonsi's latest song, Boy Lilikoi? Reminds me of "Death From Above" (but better), I think it's the drumbeat.

12-29-2009, 08:16 AM
I think even despite the fucked band name, This will sound better than anything Billy releases. I bet every hit of those drums is just Jimmy pretending they are Billy's shinybald head. Billy's more about collecting fake boobies and STDs now

Pop Tart
12-29-2009, 09:10 AM


JC: class act.

Absolutely. I have a lot of respect for Jimmy.

russian iha
12-29-2009, 09:53 AM
Great band name.

12-29-2009, 01:16 PM

^ This

12-29-2009, 02:58 PM
Maybe he went to say "I'm now in this amazing rock band" but we were so eager to get the news all we heard was "i'm now in THIS".

12-29-2009, 04:23 PM
^ This


12-29-2009, 05:01 PM
ah, I see we're gonna have fun with this

12-29-2009, 05:20 PM
This is getting old already..

12-29-2009, 05:22 PM
'this' sucks

12-30-2009, 08:51 PM
i thought he was now drumming for Avenged Sevenfold
and I thought he was dead.
Drummer Jimmy Sullivan dead at 28 | The Money Times (

12-31-2009, 06:49 PM