Rock Band Overcomes ‘A Musician’s Worst Nightmare’ During Concert

Texas rock band Polyphia recently overcame what some musicians call their “worst nightmare” during a concert. According strong wire, while performing in front of a crowd at the 2022 So What Festival in Austin, the band’s drummer, Clay Aeschliman, began having trouble with his in-ear monitor. At one point, he pulled them out completely and uttered, “I can’t hear s—.”

Incredibly, Polyphia’s drum tech stepped in and saved the day by turning into a living metronome, so to speak, tapping the beat on Aeschliman’s leg with his hand. He then switched to a drumstick. Everything was captured on TikTok by Jason Tyler, the guitarist of Chicago rock band Belmont. In his post, Tyler noted that the drum tech “saved the show.” He also captioned the video, “The most impressive display of musical acumen I think I’ve ever seen in person.”


The most impressive display of musicality I think I’ve ever seen in person #fyp #guitar #guitartok #polyphia #polyphiagoat #polyphiatok #sowhatfest #sowhatfestival #progressivemetal

♬ original sound – jason

The video got a lot of attention online, with one person commenting on Tyler’s video and tagging the drum hero who saved the band’s set. “The drum tech tapping his leg is Chris Lent,” the user shared. “He was the drummer for I Set My Friends on Fire and also played keyboards in From first to lastamong others.”

Commenting on why it was such a big backup when Lent rushed to help, a fan of the band explained, “Polyphia has time signature changes throughout every song, so if the drums are off, the whole world can say more than most other bands.” Another TikTok user added, “Best drum tech ever. Give this man a raise. It’s math-rock, they use click .” Referring to the band’s lead guitarist Tim Henson, the user continued, “Tim’s doodles are against the grain. This drummer kills.”

Polyphia first formed in 2010 in Plano, Texas. The current lineup includes Henson and Aeschliman, along with Scott LePage (guitar) and Clay Gober (bass). To date, the band have released three studio albums, two EPs and a handful of singles. Polyphia’s most recent single is “Playing God,” who strong wire praised as finding “the band filling the song with Spanish flavor, using intricate arrangements with nuevo flamenco guitars, a bit of bossa nova flair and trap-style rhythms to deliver something intriguing.”

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