30 Bands With Two or More Drummers

When one drum kit is not enough...

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30 Bands With Two or More Drummers
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Drummer's role in the band is really crucial because often he creates the whole heartbeat, dynamics and drive. But there some cases when one drum kit is not enough...

So we prepared a special list of 30 music bands with 2 or even more drummers at the same time.

And before the actual list - here are (as always) honorable mentions:

  • .38 Special
  • Arcade Fire [occasionally]
  • Axehandle
  • B.A.L.L.
  • Beauty Pill
  • Big Pig
  • Bon Iver
  • Burmese
  • Butthole Surfers
  • Clear Light
  • Combichrist [live]
  • Course of Empire
  • Cult of Luna
  • Cyberne
  • Door Marked Summer
  • Drew of the Drew
  • Eagles
  • Garbage Island
  • Crash Worship
  • Genesis
  • Godsmack [live]
  • Ground-Zero
  • Hawkwind
  • Ill Niño
  • Joe Lovano Us Five
  • Jukin' Bone
  • Korn [live in 2006]
  • Leprous [live]
  • Magma
  • Massive Attack [live]
  • Mind Spiders
  • Ministry [live]
  • Modest Mouse
  • Motograter
  • N*E*R*D
  • Nomeansno
  • Pavement
  • Pere Ubu
  • Radiohead [live]
  • Raccoo-oo-oon
  • Shortparis
  • Sigue Sigue Sputnik
  • Sunburned Hand of the Man
  • Sydonia
  • Taraf de Haïdouks
  • The Charlie Daniels Band
  • The Fall
  • The Glitter Band
  • The Go! Team
  • The J.B.'s
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • The Mothers of Invention
  • The Tubes
  • The Warlocks
  • Tornavalanche
  • Tussle
  • Upsilon Acrux
  • WAR
  • Why?
  • Yes [on tour]

And here's the list!

30. Tortoise

Thouhn not on all recordings and performances, experimental rock band Tortoise often utilize 2 drummers.

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29. White Rabbits

American six-piece indie rock band White Rabbits have 2 drummers.

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28. Concussion Ensemble

American short-lived instrumental math rock/post-rock band from the 1990's Concussion Ensemble had three regular drum kits plus junk percussion.

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27. Hidden Orchestra

Hidden Orchestra, led by multi-instrumentalist composer/producer Joe Acheson, combine many genres from jazz and world music to electronic and post-rock and include 2 drummers.

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26. The Dirtbombs

American garage rockers The Dirtbombs' lineup include guitarist, 2 bassists and 2 drummers.

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25. Black Eyes

Black Eyes, short-lived but already cult experimental rock band, included 2 drummers.

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24. Thee Oh Sees

The lineup of American garage rock/noise rock band Thee Oh Sees included 2 drummers.

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23. The Feelies

Post-punk band The Feelies, formed in 1976, have 2 regular drummers, sometimes expanded to 3 drum kits on live shows.

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22. Do Say Make Think

Canadian post-rock band Do Say Make Think consist of 8 band members, including 2 drummers.

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21. U.S. Christmas

American psychedelic rock/sludge metal/folk/space rock/etc band U.S. Christmas have 2 drummers.

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20. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have 2 guys behind the drum kits.

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19. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Alternative/progressive/indie/math/etc rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have 2 drummers since 2011.

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18. Boredoms

Famous Japanese experimental rock band Boredoms have not 2, not 3, but 4 drummers, sometimes expanded to just unbelievable amounts (with the biggest number being 77)!

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17. Gnod

Gnod, British experimental band, described by some journalists as "a collective from Manchester with an ever-rotating list of members," often have 2 drummers.

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16. Year of No Light

French atmospheric sludge metal/post-metal band Year of No Light have 2 drummers, who also share electronics and keyboards.

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15. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with their almost unlimited lineup have at least 2 drummers who play live.

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14. Melvins

Since 2006 cult Melvins have 2 regular drummers in the lineup.

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13. Mushroomhead

Since 2006, besides the main drum kit, Mushroomhead also have 2 waterdrumkits on their live performances.

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12. Ulver

Cult Norwegian experimental band Ulver have 2 drummers since 2014.

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11. Kylesa

American progressive sludge/stoner metal band Kylesa had 2 regular drummers.

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10. The Doobie Brothers

Famous The Doobie Brothers have an extended lineup, which includes 2 drummers + percussionist.

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9. Tedeschi Trucks Band

Blues rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have 2 drummers in their lineup.

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8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The lineup of Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor include 2 masters of drum kits.

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7. Earth, Wind & Fire

In their various forms Earth, Wind & Fire included up to 11 musicians, with 2 drummers and percussionist.

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6. Swans

Cult experimental band Swans, after reuniting in 2010 (the band was formed in 1982) had 2 drummers.

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5. King Crimson

King Crimson had 2 or even 3 drummers simultaneously in different periods of their career.

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4. Adam and the Ants

Now inactive new wave band Adam and the Ants had 2 actual drummers in their lineup.

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3. Slipknot

Without a doubt the most known band with more than 2 drummer, Slipknot (as you all know) had one drummer and 2 percussionists/drummers.

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2. Grateful Dead

For the most of their history Grateful Dead had 2 great drummers: Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart.

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1. The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band had 2 drummers from 1968 to 1982, but in their latest incarnation, from 1989 to 2014, they had even 3 drummers!

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Know more bands with 2 or more drummers? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

42 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Jackstratstroem
    Genesis?
    NeilTheDruid
    Right. Not just two drummers but two legendary drummers.
    Trellis
    What about korn? They did a tour with 2 drummers in 2006!
    creapilust
    not a single mention of Ministry....after all that uncle Al has done for up.  
    iamsnc
    Dead Soul (Sweden) also have 2 drummers. They toured with Ghost when Infestissumam came out.
    eatfresh1736
    No shoutout to the fact that one of the Allman Bros Band drummers (Butch Trucks) just killed himself this year? RIP
    UltimateGuizar
    If there's two drummers, do they both have to play half a beat slower to make the timing work?
    soundsabbath
    Also Our Man In The Bronze Age!!! Great band and the video is just fucking brilliant too.
    jonsherry14
    Can someone explain why Modest Mouse are only honorable mentions on this list. They are better, and more well known than most of these acts?
    mobidguitar
    Slipknot is not a band, rather some leftovers from the pop-metal scene.
    JimBonJovi
    Yes because having some melody and clean vocals in Metal isconsidered "Pop Metal".
    imbatman1312
    "Slipknot is an American heavy metal band" -Wikipedia I know wikipedia is sometimes wrong, but I think they've got this one.
    jaceebersole1
    Slipknot is definitely one of the best of their kind. They influenced many of today's metal artist, and were very original when they first came out. Right now, they are probably at one of there best times. Corey's singing isn't as powerful as before but they now have the gray chapter, probably their second best album, under their belt and they aren't stopping anytime soon. Most of today's metal bands are just rip offs of these guys and other originals such as korn. To call them not a real metal band is just insulting.
    mobidguitar
    Most of today's metal bands are not ripping off Slipknot, because Slipknot ripped off a bunch of other bands. Slipknot are not the root of heavy metal, unless your interpretation of metal is 1998-present.
    Raven_Flight
    I can't believe Cult Of Luna didn't even make it to a list of 30. The video of them playing Ghost Trail is fantastic.
    StrongLikeBull
    What about Talking Heads? If we are including bands like Slipknot who have one drummer and two percussionists then surely Talking Heads should be on here.
    Dioptri
    Gary Glitter (I don't think they actually needed in two drummers, but the fact...)