Basic Background Info
Chris Pennie has found significant success drumming for prominent rock outfits Coheed & Cambria and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Influenced by such drumming greats as Stewart Copeland and Lars Ulrich, Chris Pennie began playing the drums when he was thirteen. Then, in high school, Chris Pennie joined the local New Jersey rock band Prozak (the other three members were eight to ten years older than Chris). Chris Pennie gigged with Prozak from 1993 to 1995 and recorded ten songs with them, though they never found their way to a commercial release.
In 1995, Chris Pennie decided that it was time to explore the possibility of a music career seriously. He went to Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Music Synthesis with a focus on electronic manipulation and composition. Chris Pennie also hooked up with pop-punk outfit Boxer with Jeremy McDowell. Boxer went on to become the first band signed to Vagrant Records. The band came out with one album, 1998’s Hurt Process, but broke up a mere year later.
1997 saw the founding of mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape plane with Chris Pennie, guitarist Ben Weinman, vocalist Dimitri Minakakis, and bassist Adam Doll. Chris Pennie has described Ben Weinman as his “musical soulmate.” The two wrote most of Dillinger Escape Plan’s material. During his time with Dillinger, Chris Pennie also became well-versed in the practical applications of electronics in the studio and onstage through the use of footswitches.
After drummer Josh Eppard left progressive rock band Coheed & Cambria, Chris Pennie stepped in. However, Chris Pennie was unable to record on their most recent album (Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow) because of contractual obligations. Resultantly, Coheed & Cambria briefly employed the talents of Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Chris did, however, officially join the band on June 28, 2007, and he has been touring with them ever since.
Additionally, Chris Pennie laid down drum tracks for bands like All Else Failed (2004’s This Never Happened) and Bellingham, Washington, electronic duo Idiot Pilot (2007’s Wolves). He can also be heard drumming for the hard rock band, Return to Earth.
Chris Pennie will be lending his drumming talents to charity at Texas Big Beat in Houston, Texas, on November 2, 2008.
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