Last night I caught The Mynabirds and it was easily one of the best shows I've recently seen. While the lead singer is a phenomenal front woman of the fetching variety, I went out of my way to make sure I gave a big hug to the heart and soul of the band: the drummer.
Let's face it, drummers need more hugs. Night in, night out, they deal with the age-old identity crisis of taking a back seat to the rest of band. There's a reason why Charlie Watts looks so stoic and uninterested while he's drumming. No one's watching him. That's because all eye's are on that strutting rooster-peacock, Mick Jagger. If he's not enough eye candy, there's always the shambling, immortal junkie Keith Richards swinging his Telecaster like a medieval weapon at some idiot who rushed the stage.
However, with this next invention, drummers are about to sproing to the top of stage, front and center. Canadian inventor Charlie Rose has out done himself with his Boingy Boingy, a rideable drum set suspended in mid-air by heavy-duty car springs.
It's basically a drum set crossbred with a mechanical bull. What's birthed not only looks like one of those rides kids beg their parents for a quarter for outside of supermarkets, it also looks like the most fun you could ever have sitting down.
Saddle up on a the 40-gallon oil drum, get out your sticks and start pounding out some wicked beats.
Rose, a log home builder by trade, gigging drummer by night, first envisioned making drumming more dynamic in 2000. But after two failed attempts to bring his bouncing drum set prototypes to fruition, he sought the help of a clan of custom motorcycle builders.
In what could be the sweetest business transaction I've ever heard of, Rose said the bikers helped build the Boingy Boingy for "4,000 dollars in beer and pizza, and an El Camino."
Want a Boingy Boingy of your own? Sure you do. Well, good news. Rose will make you one for $4,000. If you're still on the fence about whether you need one, take a look at this video. I mean, how great is life if you're playing drums while bouncing on a saddle-equipped oil drum in the bed of a pick-up truck? It really doesn't get any better than this.