I spent this week trying to get my head around the drum part in the tune ‘Bonnie The Cat’ by Porcupine Tree. The drummer in this band is none other than Gavin Harrison. Gavin is a powerhouse, progressive-rock drummer who strikes a perfect balance of tone, creativity and groove. You can watch or hear any of Gavin’s drumming to see that he has virtuosic abilities behind the drum kit. I highly recommend listening to the Porcupine Tree album, ‘The Incident’, to hear Gavin in his element.
For many listens of this track I was stumped as to the time signature(s) they were using and generally struggled to even hear where the one was. Eventually I managed to tap my foot along and realise it was in 4/4. Albeit, the rhythm was complex and highly syncopated, but it was indeed 4/4/.
The groove is a 4-bar pattern which revolves around hi-hat openings on the downbeat with no kick and snares accents placed on the up-beats rather than the typical backbeat.
I had a great time learning this groove but I will be honest that I am pleased to move on with my life and not deal with the struggle of trying tapping my foot along.
Enjoy the transcription below, I believe it is mostly accurate to what he is playing in the first verse.