Last night me and Mrs grog went to see Matt Nathanson (if you're a guy in your 20s to mid 30s and want to go to an event where at least 60% of the audience are woman in your age bracket, go see this guy). The band opening for him is a singer named Rachel Platten.
Her drummer, Craig Meyer, had a very small kit up there: acoustic snare, acoustic HH, a Roland SPD-SX and a "kick drum" which is the subject of this post. Look at this video:
That blue box in the foreground, that's his kick drum. Now, at the venue, The Blue Note in Columbia Missouri, sound quality either because of the venue's gear or the venue's sound people, has *always* sucked. Massively. Last night was no exception. That being said, the massive thump and boom of this Meyer's kick drum had me thinking this had to be either sampled or somehow electronically triggered, then significantly tweaked front of house. The above video won't give you that amazing sense of thump.
So, after the show, early into Nathanson's set, I see him back near the bar at the back of the venue. I go over and ask him, what's your kick drum. His answer?
Naturally I reply "wtf are plastic steps". And he said, literally that box you see is "plastic steps", it's not electronic, it's simply miced like any kick drum. He said trying to haul a kick drum around on tour with a small band like Rachel's is a large pain and I had to admit, he brought new meaning to the phrase "compact kit".
I have an email in to him asking if he could elaborate on "plastic steps" since it might be something folks here who are looking for small kit alternatives could use.