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Luke Combs’ Drummer Jake Sommers Performs Gojira Song After Just One Listen

January 9, 2024 11:32 am GMT

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On a new episode of Drumeo's much-loved ‘For The First Time’ challenge, Luke Combs’ drummer, Jake Sommers, proved his talents aren't limited to country music by delivering an eye-catching performance of Gojira's metal anthem, ‘Stranded’.

As part of the game, which is hosted by Brandon Toews, Jake Sommers was played a couple of tracks by Korn and Porcupine Tree to see if he recognised them, with the aim being to find a song he was unfamiliar with. Each song option is stripped of its drums, leaving Sommers to devise his own accompaniment.

He knew both well, but when Gojira's ‘Stranded’ played over the speakers, Jake Sommers admitted he'd never heard it before and immediately started making notes.

Despite having only heard the song for the first time moments ago, Sommers showcased his prowess and delivered an electrifying drum accompaniment to the track.

After his performance, Sommers was able to listen to the original drum part from Gojira's Mario Duplantier, quipping, “There’s so much going on...I would hate to play that every night!”

This marked an undoubted departure from the steel-drenched melodies and bar-room soundtracks Sommers has become accustomed to performing as part of Luke Combs’ band.

Nonetheless, those who have seen Combs’ live shows will recognise the rock-tinged elements and high-octane, metal-inspired flourishes that creep into fan-favourites such as ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’, ‘My Kinda Folk’ and ‘Must've Never Met You’.

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Written by Maxim Mower
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