Rigged/Drum Cam/Montage: Die Choking Drummer Josh Cohen

I’m stumped, folks. Usually features are pretty cut and dry. A Rigged is a Rigged and a playthrough is a playthrough, you know? Real, red-blooded, and true. But now Die Choking had to go and fuck with the formula.


Behold this…I guess I’d just call it a montage. A clip show, maybe? There’s certainly elements of a playthrough or a drum cam at points: plenty of opportunity to watch Josh Cohen blast faster then a Sega Genesis processor (yet unlike Sonic he only needs one foot). But there’s also a quick rundown of Josh’s kit, incidental dialogue, heart-rending drama, I think there’s a section on how to make deviled eggs or some shit? I forget. A lot happened.

The main point is that there’s some dope-ass drumming, the kind that you’ll hear on Die Choking’s new 7″, II. You likely would have expected some harsh devastation considering that the band’s members spent time in groups like Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, and Burden. Adding to the intensity is a production by Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) and a mastering job by Brad Boatright, who we just so happen to have interviewed recently.

So check out this Oscar-worthy epic of drumming cinematography below, and then keep scrolling down afterwards for a more detailed kit breakdown, tour dates, and Die Choking’s new single, “Tonsil.”

II can be procured from The Compound, where they have a limited edition mailorder-only version (featuring a living will printed on a brown paper bag).

Josh Cohen’s Drum Rig

  • 12″, 18″ Toms, 20″ Kick, 14″ Pearl Ultracast Snare
  • Axis Longboard A Double Pedal w/ DW double-sided beaters
  • Zildjian Cymbals + 1 Paiste Ride
  • 14″ A Custom Rock Zildjian Top Hi Hat
  • 14″ Z Custom Zildjian Bottom Hi Hat
  • 17″ A Custom Zildjian Projection Crash
  • 18″ A Custom Zildjian Projection Crash
  • 18″ Oriental Zildjian China
  • 20″ Paiste Signature Power Ride
  • Evans Heads
  • Toms- Hydraulic Blue
  • Snare- Evans Genera Coated Single Ply, 300 Hazy Bottom, Pearl Wires
  • Kick- Emad2
  • Vater 5a Extreme Sticks
  • Pearl Icon Rack/ hardware
  • DW5000 Hi-hat stand

Die Choking Tour Dates:

3/26/2015 Main Manor – New Castle, DE w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace
3/27/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 – all ages
3/28/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry
3/29/2015 The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot
4/25/2015 Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 TBA – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat [info]
5/03/2015 TBA – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl
5/15/2015 TBA New England
5/16/2015 TBA New England

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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