Tim Alexander Explained

Tim "Herb" Alexander
Background:non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth Name:Tim Alexander
Alias:"Herb"
Birth Date:10 April 1965
Birth Place:Cherry Point, North Carolina, U.S.
Instrument:Drums, vocals, guitar
Genre:Rock
Occupation:Musician, songwriter
Years Active:1989–present
Label:Prawn Song, Interscope

Tim "Herb" Alexander (born April 10, 1965 in Cherry Point, North Carolina) is an American musician, best known as the former drummer for the rock band Primus.[1] Tim played on the Primus recordings Suck on This to Tales from the Punchbowl, before leaving the band in 1996, only to rejoin in 2003 for the EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People. He was a member of, and toured with, Primus from early 2003 until approximately 2009 when he was replaced by Jay Lane. Although Alexander has been quoted saying he was originally inspired to become a rock drummer by legendary drummers like John Bonham, Neil Peart and Shaun O'Connor, Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde claims Alexander's drum beats are mostly influenced by African Jùjú music.

Prior to joining Primus, he played and recorded with Major Lingo, which at the time was a ska-based rhythm band that featured a lap steel guitar as the lead instrument, played by Tony Bruno. When Major Lingo toured through the Bay Area Tim met members of Primus and would go on to remain there trying out for the band.

Following Alexander's departure from Primus, he went on to form his own group, Laundry. Alexander released two albums with the band Laundry; Blacktongue and Motivator. Alexander has also collaborated with experimental bass player Michael Manring and guitarist Alex Skolnick to form the group known as Attention Deficit.

Alexander was the first drummer of A Perfect Circle, performing early live shows with the band, and recording drums for the track "The Hollow" on the band's debut album, Mer de Noms. He is listed as a member in the band's DVD/CD release aMOTION.

Alexander joined the theatrical group Blue Man Group, and has occasionally played with the Las Vegas-based improvisational rock band Uberschall.

Despite being primarily known for his drum work Alexander is an accomplished guitarist and singer. He performed live guitar with the group Born Naked and held the lead vocal duties on Laundry's second album and supporting tour.

Alexander was involved throughout 2008-09 in a project known as Into The Presence which features songs by Luis Carlos Maldonado. Their debut album was released on Razor and Tie Records and includes performances from bassist Paz Lenchantin and cellist Ana Lenchantin. Both Into The Presence and the Fata Morgana release were recorded and produced at Alexander's own Ghost Town Studios. As of 2010 Alexander is actively involved as a member of Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer project. He has toured with them and can be heard on their most recent released recordings.

Personal life

While his nickname, "Herb", could be construed as a cannabis reference, Alexander does not smoke marijuana, unlike his former Primus bandmates Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde.[2] Rumor has it that he was given this nickname due to his consistent use of herbal nutritional supplements.

Discography

Primus

Laundry

A Perfect Circle

Attention Deficit

Fata Morgana

Puscifer

Into the Presence

Various

Equipment

Drums:TAMA,

Hardware:TAMA,many various boom and straight cymbal stands

Cymbals:Zildjian,

Sticks:Zildjian,Tim Alexander Artist Series (16" length, 0.53" diameter)

Heads:REMO

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: [{{Allmusic|class=artist|id=p5181/biography|pure_url=yes}} Biography: Primus]. Erlewine. Stephen Thomas. Prato, Greg. Allmusic. 13 June 2010.
  2. Kenneally. Tim. 1994. July. The Secret Life of Primus. High Times. 227. 0362630X. 2008-06-30.