Meinl Cymbal artist and underground drumming legend Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag, ALL) was recently recognized by SPIN Magazine in their 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.
Bill made the #25 spot and here's what the magazine had to say about him:
Bill Stevenson is the Thomas Edison of modern pop-punk drumming, his speedy, jovial bounce influencing the gait of Green Day, Blink-182, and Foo Fighters, among many others. But a careful listen to his 30-plus years of recordings shows Stevenson to be much more. Sure, he's the master of the super-fast 16th-note buzz roll that he made famous in the Descendents, but other sides of this versatile battering ram can be heard during Black Flag's sludgier My War years as well as in All's quirkier prog rock diversions.
Most Booming Moment: Stevenson's self-penned "Myage" was the perfect example of a drummer making great creative choices. Instead of sticking with a traditional kick/snare/hi-hat approach, he mixed it up with driving floor tom/snare rhythm and his trademark rolls to create a sound uniquely his own.
Currently Bill can be found hitting the road with a version of the mighty Black Flag; this version simply going by the moniker Flag, with every member of this line-up having served time in the original group during its glory years.