Neil Peart might be a Hall of Famer, but he’s still a beast behind the kit. The legendary Rush drummer has contributed beats and bluster to a pair of songs from Vertical Horizon’s upcoming sixth studio album, “Echoes From The Underground.”
Billboard can reveal a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Peart’s drum-tracking sessions for the song “Instamatic.”
Peart’s in tight form. And he’s relaxed, talking drumming structures and quipping about how his kick-drum has been converted with a white blanket to look like an igloo. “I think it’s a Canadian joke,” he deadpans. His stick-catch at the end of the clip, however, could do with some work.
“It was an absolute blast to record. Neil’s drum performance is simply stellar,” explains Vertical Horizon frontman and guitarist Matt Scannell. “Lyrically, it’s just your average spy thriller/espionage/blackmail/love song.”
Vertical Horizon enjoyed a major-league breakthrough in 2000 with “Everything You Want,” which went on to be one of the most-played songs of the year at radio.
“Echoes From The Underground” arrives Oct. 8 in the United States through Outfall Records. The album’s first single, “Broken Over You,” can be downloaded for free from www.verticalhorizon.com.