Brendan Canty

Brendan Canty (born March 9, 1966 in Teaneck, New Jersey) is an American musician, composer, producer and film maker, best known as the drummer for the band Fugazi. In 2007, Stylus Magazine ranked Canty at #29 on the list of "50 Greatest Rock Drummers", ahead of jazz virtuoso Billy Cobham, based on his drumming work with Fugazi. Canty began playing drums at the age of 15 in the short-lived band Deadline, featured on the Flex Your Head compilation. He began his musical career in earnest in 1985 with Rites of Spring, after which he ended up playing drums in One Last Wish, and Happy Go Licky. Canty joined Fugazi, as their drummer in 1987 and recorded and toured with the group until their "indefinite hiatus" in 2003. Many of Fugazi's songs since Steady Diet of Nothing are based on guitar riffs introduced at rehearsals by Canty. An adept multi-instrumentalist, Canty also writes songs on piano (he plays a skeletal version of "Bed for the Scraping" on the Instrument DVD), as well as bass lines for some songs. He is also noted for using a large ship's bell as part of his drum kit.

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