Hello! My name is Don Anderson, a drummer formerly residing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, now in the Greater Phoenix area of Arizona. I've been playing drums for over 30 years and do some singing and songwriting as well. Primarily, I like to work in the genres of Indie/Alternative Rock, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Blues, and my history spans from "Shoe Gaze" Psychedelia and Post Rock to Country and Power Pop. My interests lie mainly in making music that takes you on an adventure sonically, or bleeds sincerity in any form.
I've released a 3-song EP called Topanga Side Eye, which is a non-genre specific recording project where I pull from the talents of various amazing players. The EP was produced by Ray Gennari at Rocktorium Records, in West Kingston, RI. I continue to build my repertoire through various home studio experiments as well. I'll post some songs here, but please feel free to visit TopangaSideEye. com .
I WOULD LOVE TO DO MORE SESSION WORK. I have a home studio set up (also happy to work in yours) and can create tasteful, simple tracks to poly-rhythmic percussive soundscapes using both acoustic and electronic percussion. I can also add MIDI synth tracks from a wide palette of sounds if your song needs an extra layer of subtle magic to help build the energy. I’m all about the song and won’t crowd your ears with anything the song doesn’t need (unless you ask me too).
I'd really like to work with filmmakers and musicians who produce music for scores or placement for licensed use in film, TV, video games, documentaries, podcasts, etc.
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- Sep 05 2011
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- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
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This changes daily, but the usual suspects, of course. Many that most folks have not heard of, but to make this easy, most classic rock heroes, 80's and 90's alt rock, and various film soundtracks. If I’m playing in a band, my perfect Frankenstein of influences would somehow merge and balance the alt-rock psychedelia of Swervedriver and Curve, the power-pop sensibility and feminine energy of Belly, the singer/songwriter versatility of Jeff Buckley, Tom Petty, and Pete Yorn, and the rock and roll fire of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, with some blues and “space rock” thrown in for good measure. I like to play with musicians who can jam without going too far off the reservation (Take us high, then bring it home!). Sometimes, just the simplest songs work the best too. If you’ve got some roots-country in you too, I’m happy to ride that river as well.
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I currently play on a Gretsch Catalina maple kit with Zildjan A Custom cymbals, and Ludwig Vistalite snare, and Alesis electronic percussion. I don't mind walking in and using a studio or house kit, especially if it cuts down on set up time, I do tend to travel with extras. If I understand the mission, I'll do my homework, due diligence, and will come prepared. If I don't have it, I'll go get it (when budgets allow if course). I also have my own small PA setup and can record from my home studio to DAW.
Break The Skin
Break The SkinBreak The Skin is an alternative rock song with a driving rhythm and hypnotic, swirling guitars. It moves like a dance track but rocks like a pulsing, desert road track. Topanga Side Eye drummer, lyricist and vocalist, Don Anderson wrote this song with Mike Horton originally as an instrumental in 2000 while playing with The Experimental Noise Incinerator. Don had lyrics written, but ENI was a post-rock instrumental group. Years later, it was later reworked with singer, Rob Johnson, as an alternate version. This is an iteration of the original version with pre-imagined, re-imagined vocal track. Drums and vocals were recorded at Topanga Side Eye's Arizona studio and Mike Horton recorded all guitar and bass tracks in Massachusetts and then mixed back in Arizona. Since the pandemic, most of Topanga Side Eye's music has been done remotely in collaboration with other artists through virtual means. Since the cover of Curve's "Coast Is Clear", this is the first original music to come out of the new Arizona studio since Don Anderson moved from RI to AZ. Don and Mike have played together in various projects for more than thirty years.
Coast Is Clear
Coast Is ClearThis is a cover song from one of the most innovative forces to come out of the Creation Records alternative period of artists, Curve. Guitars and bass tracks recorded by Mike Horton. Drums, vocals and mellotron by Topanga Side Eye. Topanga Side Eye does not own the rights to this recording...
Lie Awake"Lie Awake" is a stripped down piece of Americana with a little Classic Rock vibe that can be enjoyed by a cozy fire with a little "some-somethin'" or someone to keep you warm. Lyrically, it touches on self-sacrifice while keeping the home fires burning. The song has a looseness that feels reminiscent of road weary wagons barely making it across the Great Plains as they headed West.
SereneIndie song, “Serene” from Topanga Side Eye. Lyrics and music by Don Anderson. Vocals, drums, keyboards performed and recorded by Don Anderson. Guitars, bass, and loops by Mike Horton. Photo by Bella Anderson. Video by Rotor Videos. Copyright 2020. Please continue to visit us on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, ReberbNation, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes YouTube, and all the rest, wherever you enjoy your music. Here's the website where you can find links to all of these: https://TopangaSideEye.com Grateful for you all and thank you forever!
Onward"Onward" is an instrumental track from Rhode Island's own, Topanga Side Eye. The song centers around drum rhythms played by Don Anderson, who also plays keyboards and synthesizers. Additionally, the loop you hear is comprised of Don's vocal harmonies, along with his wife, Maggie Anderson. The chant is taken from the Hindu-inspired piece, "Om Gum" from Don's "Warts And All" series of rhythmic conversations. The piece here is a reinterpretation taken from those works, inclusive of additional improvisations.
Dismissal“Dismissal” is an electronic song with tense, ghostly undertones. It tells a story about a once unremarkable traveler who returns to the place of his birth after having left years before. The storyteller now sees things with experience and wisdom, but feels that his home has changed very little and seems much smaller in both appearance and perspective.
Pushing Back“Pushing Back” is an alternative rock song with a hip-hop/soul flavor. It comes out of the gate strong and in protest-song fashion, leading the listener into its dystopian, industrial-rock influenced chorus. The song’s lyrics examine how a society's population can be driven to desperation when left to fend for itself as a result of corrupt and ineffective leadership. #SCFIRST
I Think You Get It
I Think You Get It“I Think You Get It” is a mid-tempo, bluesy, jazz laced, rock song, featuring a guitar based instrumental section which starts with licks reminiscent of Eric Clapton, and builds, layer by layer, into a climactic refrain and huge extended chorus, including a gospel call and response vocal section at the end. The music would fit very well for scenes where someone is searching for something. #SCFIRST
Let Me Breathe
Let Me BreatheDescription: “Let Me Breathe” is a good “walking down the street” and “looking for trouble” song. I’m told it would be a perfect Farelly Brothers movie. It starts out with an early eighties rock feel, then becomes a hard, edgy, alternative rock song v pop-punk sensibilities, strong hooks, and a new wave flavor in the chorus. Think Tom Petty meets Weezer. The song is a good post break-up song with sarcastic overtones. Imagine the first person in the song is avoiding a former lover, is found, and all hell breaks loose. #SCFIRST
Dismantle“Dismantle” is a beautiful, Beatles influenced ballad, intended to evoke the emotion of family and friends left behind in the wake of a tragedy such as an untimely death or a suicide. The tone is sad and somber, but it becomes hopeful with a glimmer of forgiveness and redemption. #SCFIRST