Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
Meet the Meatbats
The Meatbats provide Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith with another side project besides looking eerily like Will Ferrell. The band’s sense of humor is evident in both the quirky song titles and playful riffs and rhythms. The Meatbats’ music highlights lefty guitarist Jeff Kollman, who employs a variety of guitar tones, with changing and adapting riffs. Ed Roth’s tinkling keys serve as a modest counterpart to Kollman’s guitar: providing an atmosphere for the guitar to drizzle notes against. The funky instrumentalism of â€œTops Offâ€ is reminiscent of progressive jazz in the vein of Stanley Clarke, with the exception of the Meatbats’ inaudible bass. The guitar groove on â€œOh! I Spilled My Beerâ€ and the drum solo on â€œLolaâ€ are high points. The Bombastic Meatbats are a talented and creative quartet that inject a sense of humor into progressive instrumentalism.