Interview With Andrew Dellarco of Desert Storm Mafia
Connecticut band Desert Storm Mafia are one of the most chaotic bands to have ever come from the state of Connecticut. Having only been assembled for a year, the band has already established a small but loyal internet following. Metal Underground has had the pleasure of talking to the band's drummer Andrew Dellarco.
Matt: How long have you been a drummer?
Andrew: I've been drumming since I was 15, a later start then most other drummers I know but it hasn't seemed to set me back at all.
Matt: What's the scene like in Connecticut?
Andrew: In my opinion, the music scene in Connecticut is terrible. While it is true that the only band that's ever been widely known out of this state, Hatebreed, is a metal band, I feel that anything classified as metal around here is shunned by most and always restrained from getting too big in favor of Indie and bands that try too hard to mix pop punk with classic rock. Compared to the music scene in places like Austin the state of Connecticut pales in comparison.
Matt: What's your favorite Iron Maiden album and why?
Andrew: My favorite Iron Maiden album would definitely have to be Killers. I'm a HUGE Maiden fan and love everything they put out up to Seventh Son, but I just love the style of the first two albums with Paul so much more. With the addition of Adrian Smith the band felt much more complete making their debut album seem obselete in comparison, and the track "Genghis Khan" just showed how unique and talented a drummer Clive Burr, who in my opinion is severely underrated, was and just how much he added to the band.
Matt: Who are your biggest drumming influences?
Andrew: Joey Jordison of Slipknot was who really inspired me when I was younger and drove me to spend hours upon hours building up speed and endurance with my double bass pedal. Drummers such as The Rev, Neil Peart, Travis Smith, Dave Lombardo, Clive Burr, and Jason Bittner are a few that also heavily influenced me but Joey Jordison was my biggest influence by far.
Matt: Are you looking forward to Halo: Reach?
Andrew: I'm really looking forward to Halo: Reach. From what I played on the beta it looks like it will be the best Halo since Halo 2.
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