Polyphia Drummer Deftly Overcomes A Musician’s Worst Nightmare

Rock bands are traditionally well-oiled machines on stage, very in touch with each other. But sometimes all it takes is a technical mishap to throw a wrench into even the best touring bands. What happens then? Polyphia found herself very early on in her appearance at So What Festival 2022 on Saturday May 29 when drummer Clay Aeschliman’s in-ear headphones started malfunctioning, but some quick thinking saved the day (and the beat) with the band not really missing a beat.

Like the details of a TikTok video shared by Belmont’s Jason Tyler, Aeschliman and his drum tech are really to be commended for navigating the instrumental rock band’s heavily percussive ensemble without using ears.

As we see, the drummer notices quite early that there is a problem, taking out his monitors and explaining: “I can’t hear anything.” As Aeschliman relies on the metronome to keep his place in the game, something has to be done, and quickly. So what was the quick fix?

Aeschliman’s drum tech was brought into action as a human metronome, first tapping the drummer’s leg with his hand to simulate the beat and switching to a stick on the leg to keep the beat. Fans may not have noticed anything was wrong, which is exactly what you as a band hope for.

Polyphia will be back in action, hopefully everything works out as it should, when they kick off a tour with Unprocessed and Death Tour at the House of Blues in Houston on July 28th. See dates and get ticketing information here.

@jasontyler_belmont The most impressive display of musicality I think I’ve ever seen in person #fyp #guitar #guitartok #polyphia #polyphiagoat #polyphiatok #sowhatfest #sowhatfestival #progressivemetal ♬ original sound – jason

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