Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: The Pressure Boys, Mike Cross, Alanis Morrisette, The Bad Checks, Meredith Brooks
Genres: Ska, Rock, Pop
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


In 1981, drummer Rob Ladd got together with other students and graduates of Chapel Hill High School to create a band to perform at a local talent show. After the performance the group soon an opportunity to play their favorite new wave, ska, and reggae songs and to make a little money. Calling themselves the Pressure Boys, they initially performed covers of songs by Madness and Bad Manners. However they quickly started developing original material.

Pressure Boys played all around the Southeast and gained a following. They landed gigs to touring with popular acts like Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Fishbone, and R.E.M. In 1987, they released the Krandlebanum Monumentus LP, but decided to go their separate ways the following year.

After Pressure Boys, Rob Ladd moved to California. Since then he has played with Susanna Hoff, The Bad Checks, Vonda Shepard, Don Henley, as well as on Alanis Morissette's smash hit debut, Jagged Little Pill.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1982 Jump! Jump! Jump! EP The Pressure Boys
1987 Krandlebanum Monumentus LP The Pressure Boys
1986 Big Plans for Everybody Let's Active
1989 Prodigal Son Mike Cross
1994 Yellow Pills, Vol. 2: More of the Best of American Pop Various Artists
1995 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette
1996 Ironic/Forgiven/Not the Doctor/Wake Up Alanis Morissette
1997 1997 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1997 Brilliant New Disaster Daniel O'Brien
1998 High Dollar The Bad Checks
1998 Raising Heroes Kyle Davis
1998 Songs from Ally McBeal Vonda Shepard
1999 Deconstruction Meredith Brooks
1999 Legacy Stacy Guess
1999 See Red Cindy Alexander
2000 Diet for a New America 58
2000 Fiction Yve Adam
2000 Invisible Man Don Dixon
2000 Now You See Inside SR-71
2001 Note Pad #38 Don Dixon
2001 Now You See Inside SR-71
2001 Yonder The Red Clay Ramblers
2002 My Tidy Doily Dream Marti Jones
2002 Your Shoes, My Shoes Tom Paxton
2003 Firefly Mishelle Bradford-Jones
2003 Follow You All Over the World Bland Simpson
2003 Looking Glass Conversations Alysson Light
2004 Moonlighting: The Anthology Roger Daltrey
2004 Soundlight Chagall
2004 Steep Canyon Rangers The Steep Canyon Rangers
2004 True Wealth Charles Pettee & Folkpsalm
2006 Gold Roger Daltrey
2006 Mile High Fan Parthenon Huxley
2007 Optimist Stan Harrison


  • In 2008, The Pressure Boys reunited to play a live benefit show for Songs For Sixty-Five Roses, a musical charity formed to benefit the the research of cystic fibrosis. Former Pressure Boys member John Plymale’s young daughter, Allie, was diagnosed with the disease in 2004.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vic Firth

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