Animals As Leaders new drummer
2012-03-28 by MO | 38 Comments

With an upcoming European tour on the horizon, Animals As Leaders has recruited drummer Matt Garstka to replace the now departed Navene Koperweis. In a recent interview Koperweis stated that he is moving on to other aspects of music saying that he has been behind the drum kit for too long and needs to chase other aspirations.

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MO
March 28th 2012

18267 Comments


actually excited for the change

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botb
March 28th 2012

9560 Comments


navene is so fucking good but this guy is nuts.

Funeralopolis
March 28th 2012

11034 Comments


what a wacko

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MO
March 28th 2012

18267 Comments


yea navene was really coming into his own, but garstka is crazy good

AlasKenColors
March 28th 2012

159 Comments


hmmmm....

Devastator
March 28th 2012

2455 Comments


Didn't even know that the drummer left.

asaf
March 28th 2012

885 Comments


just in time to walk away from the meshuggah and thrice farewell tour! smooth move!

jasonslfl
March 28th 2012

97 Comments


I'm actually really bummed about this. New guy seems good, but I doubt he'll have the same energy that Navene did.

Devastator
March 28th 2012

2455 Comments


@asaf Meshuggah farewell tour?

iamthenightmare
March 28th 2012

754 Comments


i care slightly less about them now

Relinquished
March 28th 2012

24485 Comments


why nothing changed

withateethuh
March 28th 2012

78 Comments


@Devastator he mean't the meshuggah tour, and the thrice farewell tour. Commas people.

TheFifthEye
March 28th 2012

121 Comments


Another djentleman bites the dust.

Devastator
March 28th 2012

2455 Comments


As long as Tosin doesnt leave its all good. He has been playing with BOO and might be recording with them.

Relinquished
March 28th 2012

24485 Comments


lol tosin leaves his own project and I highly doubt he'll do that

TRMshadow
March 28th 2012

4982 Comments


Listened to the new album and wasn't really enthralled or anything... add to that the fact that they were only so-so live. I've kind of lost faith in this band, and this doesn't really change anything.

bloc
March 28th 2012

34679 Comments


Don't really see a new drummer affecting anything, really.

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J0ckstrapsFTW
March 28th 2012

3652 Comments


Ooooooo this should be awesome

taa672
March 28th 2012

29 Comments


Navene is one of my favorite drummers, in one of my favorite bands no less...but the new guy is insanely good too, so no worries. I'm just kinda sad that he's leaving to join the already over-saturated DJ/electronic producer scene...oh well.

Cipieron
March 28th 2012

3508 Comments


wake me when tobin makes the next AAL album, otherwise i don't care about his touring drummer

TarkAhh
March 28th 2012

46 Comments


Lameeee. Go back to programming the drums. No other drummer can replace.

FearThyEvil
March 28th 2012

12286 Comments


Excited to hear something with him in it.

Ending
March 28th 2012

1889 Comments


So will this really change anything?

Relinquished
March 28th 2012

24485 Comments


not at all until they decide to record again and the playing might slightly change

Josh D.
March 28th 2012

13967 Comments


Didn't know they lost a drummer.

jwyles4
March 28th 2012

311 Comments


There's other people in this band besides Tosin Abasi?

17WordHaiku
March 29th 2012

79 Comments


NOOOO navene was so awesome =[

Guess I should check out this new guy...

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Nomos
March 29th 2012

812 Comments


That's too bad - Navene is a great drummer. Fleshwrought would've blown without him

iambandersnatch
March 29th 2012

1466 Comments


"There's other people in this band besides Tosin Abasi?"

Idk how technically skilled their bassist is, but some of the bass lines are bamf

MO
March 29th 2012

18267 Comments


Tosin did the bass for the first album and I think the second

eleventhsun
March 29th 2012

1475 Comments


I'm interested to see what his future projects are. I'm guessing he is a multi instrumentalist? He is a legit drummer though.



taa672
March 29th 2012

29 Comments


AaL doesn't have a bassist, they have tosin, Javier Reyes (another 8 string guitarist), and their drummer

ncguitar
March 29th 2012

2402 Comments


I thought Tosin had 8 arms and played all instruments.

UnnamedOcean
March 29th 2012

3950 Comments


He does but he prefers to look humble on stage.

Ending
March 29th 2012

1889 Comments


AaL doesn't have a bassist, they have tosin, Javier Reyes (another 8 string guitarist), and their drummer


Is "Javier Reyes" the name of a character from Red Dead Redemption?

AlasKenColors
March 29th 2012

159 Comments


There's an Abraham Reyes and Javier Escuella.

Quen
March 29th 2012

1633 Comments


Sucks, this dude was pretty sweet live.

MikeC26
March 30th 2012

3147 Comments


Navene is a great drummer, new guy is sick as well. It's all about Tosin, though.



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