Dennis Chambers Hears Tool's 'Schism' for the First Time and Improvises a Drum Track
What if funk/fusion drummer Dennis Chambers was the drummer for Tool? Well, that is exactly what we get in this video featuring the legendary Dennis Chambers. Dennis is known for his legendary backbeat and funky style. So of course we felt mischievous and we dared him to try playing “Schism”, one of Tool’s biggest songs. It’s full of odd time signatures, quick, complex changes and unexpected accents, and Dennis had never heard it before.
Since the song doesn’t have a drum track, he listens for two things: the style and the time signature. Watch Dennis’ playthrough where he gives it his own spin. It’s solid, it’s groovy, and there’s some unexpected footwork later on. It’s amazing how much a song can change with a different approach on the drums.