Beats, Breaks, Raw, Drums by Tortoise drummers Bitney, Herndon,
and McEntire

The three percussion experts behind the seminal indie rock / post rock
band Tortoise showcase their rhythmical prowess, coming together for
Bumps, the self-titled concept break beat record.

As members of Tortoise, these three gentlemen helped infuse a new
aesthetic into the indie rock scene of the 1990s. The group set itself
apart by focusing on instrumental prowess and group interaction. Instead
of the tried and true themes of familiar alternative and punk, Tortoise
opened up their scope of influences to create a new musical vision –
dubiously called “post rock” – incorporating styles from genres such as
Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and
space music, film music and British electronica.

One of indie rock’s most in-demand master producers of the last decade,
Tortoise’s producer/drummer/vibes player John McEntire has worked with a
staggering number of artists as engineer, producer and remixer. With
Bumps, he lends his talents toward pushing the boundaries of a typical
break beat record, fusing influences from funk, Brazilian, Latin and
Afrobeat music.