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Author: Craig Reynolds

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Hello. My name is Craig Reynolds, I play the drums in a band called Stray From The Path and this podcast is basically a series of relaxed conversations with people who are mostly other musicians, artists and/or idiots/legends. Enjoy.

106 Episodes
My guests this week are Brian and Chris of Connecticut metalcore band CURRENTS. Chris is already Downbeat alumni with his other band SHADOW OF INTENT, so we talk about balancing two very successful bands, as well as touring, the history of the band, accidentally stealing riffs, nando's and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest on the podcast this week is actor Leigh Gill. You may know him as Gary from the oscar winning movie Joker, as well as his roles on Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and his latest movie Blitz. We got terrifically drunk and talked what it's like to work with Joaquin Phoenix and hang out with Al Pacino. Mental. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
John Famiglietti (HEALTH)

John Famiglietti (HEALTH)


My guest this week is John Famiglietti AKA JOHNNY HEALTH from industrial/noise rock band HEALTH. With a career involving collaborations with NINE INCH NAILS and their chart-topping song 'Crimewave' with CRYSTAL CASTLES we had a lot to talk about as well getting into stuff like scoring numerous video games, Warhammer 40k...and letting fans sleep at his house (respectfully).  Great dude great band great chat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guests this week are the wonderful Courtney LaPlante and Mike Stringer of the band Spiritbox. We caught up in LA to talk about their Grammy nomination, working with Megan Thee Stallion, the creation their latest EP 'The Fear Of Fear' , and Courtney does a wonderful Mike Tyson impression. I love these people and I love this band. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is Bad Omens Drummer Nick Folio and for the first time on The Downbeat, their soundguy and tour manager Matt Dierkes. Me and Nick catch up and talk about their new single V.A.N (with Poppy) while Matt provides a bit of insight on the many hats he has donned for the band. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is Chris Turner - one of the best metal drummers in the world, both with Oceans Ate Alaska and with his solo stuff. We met for the first time to talk drums, practice, regretable early touring practices, and more. Check out Oceans Ate Alaska's new single and his lesson packs, merch, and solo stuff on spotify. He's an absolute freak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My festive guests this week on Jesus' birthday are BRENDAN MURPHY of Counterparts, EMMA BOSTER of Dying Wish, JEREMY DEPOYSTER of The Devil Wears Prada and acclaimed photographer/videographer IMANI GIVERTZ. We got absolutely hammered in July and pretended it was Christmas. Enjoy. Thank you for the support over the most successful year of the podcast ever. Wishing you all the best (unless I hate you) in 2024, let's make it a good one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week has the best, most calming voice of all time. Jake Smelley is the drummer for metalcore band Gideon and more recently he backs the singer/rapper/musician Zero 9:36. We talked about his love (and my hate) of country music, black magick, auditioning for one of the biggest music artists in the world...and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)

Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)


My guest this week is Jerry Horton, guitarist and founding member of the massively successful rock band Papa Roach. We talk about their pivotal role in creating what is now known as ’Nu Metal’ and their resilience to that genre‘s somewhat bad connotations that has seen them remain successful and relevant for 30 (THIRTY) years. We also talk CARS, PRIMUS, METALLICA, and much more.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Josh Middleton (Sylosis)

Josh Middleton (Sylosis)


My guest this week is guitarist and frontman of Sylosis, and one of my personal  oldest friends Josh Middleton. We talked about their latest album A Sign Of Things To Come but mostly about growing up together (including his CRAIG REYNOLDS DOS AND DONTS sign for his room), a killer Anthony Kiedis impression, touring with Metallica, and much more. We also make eachother cry laugh at least twice. This episode is also the first episode on the new cinema cameras, thanks to the Patreon for making that possible.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan Tracy - Deafheaven

Dan Tracy - Deafheaven


My guest this week is Dan Tracy, drummer of genre-bending black metal band Deafheaven. We caught up before their blistering set at Core Fest to talk about the 10th anniversary rerelease of their seminal album Sunbather, one of my favourite albums of all time. We also talk metal's recent resurgence, Metallica, the devils lettuce, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is one of my favourite people on planet earth Jeremy DePoyster. Jeremy is the guitarist/vocalist of iconic metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada. We talked about the business of metalcore, our fledging bromance, the secret to their longevity in the scene, our mutual love for Sam Carter from Architects... and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is internet funny man and your problematic fave Brendan Murphy. Brendan is the vocalist of the metalcore band Counterparts and grind/math/doom/whatever band END. We talked about my sexy criminal past, the price of a costco hotdog, twitter's rebranding and its devastating emotional effects, and I guess we talk about his bands. Brendan episodes are the best.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is Tom Williams, guitarist of my band Stray From The Path, as well as multi-band manager, father, businessman and one of my best friends. We talked about the risks we as a band took when preparing for our upcoming headline tour, as well as what bands should look for in a manager, the father life, what makes a drink 'cool' and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is the phenomenal Matt Garstka. Back for his THIRD episode. Matt is the drummer for Animals As Leaders and generally considered to be one of the best drummers of his generation. Back again, I got the chance to pick his incredibly ridged brain about the drums, working out, movies, and all the good stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Emma Boster (Dying Wish)

Emma Boster (Dying Wish)


My guest this week is Emma Boster, vocalist of Dying Wish. We talked about the creation of their STUNNING upcoming album Symptoms of Survival (and our Downbeat exclusive vinyl variant) as well as a variety of topics from Britney Spears conspiracy theories to gender and much more. Check out the exclusive Downbeat variant of Symptoms of Survival with insane death metal artwork at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jay Weinberg (Slipknot)

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot)


My guest this week is Jay Weinberg, drummer for Slipknot. Coming from a musical background, (his Dad is Max Weinberg of The E Street Band) Jay is a super humble, hospitable human and phenomenal drummer. We talked about his time in Slipknot of course but also about learning 200+songs for Bruce Springsteen at 16 years old. We also chat about drums, tattoos, doom metal, and much much more. This episode of the Downbeat is the first of a trip to Nashville, which was actually born out of Jay himself expressing an interest in doing the show. Thanks to the patreon we were able to make it work. Enjoy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guest this week is Connie Sgarbossa, vocalist of SeeYouSpaceCowboy. We talked about the creation of their upcoming as-yet-untitled new album as well as her history in the myspace-adjacent music scene and soundcloud rappers, volunteering in a vegan anarchist cafe, her struggles with addiction and experiences being a trans woman in heavy music, the earth being flat, radical politics and many more buzzwords that could not possibly annoy the comment section any more if I tried. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guests on the podcast this week are Matthew Honeycutt (vocals) and Isaac Lamb (drums) of Kublai Khan. We talk the decline of chipotle, living in a trailer, movies, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
My guests this week are Olli Appleyard (vocals) and Sam Ogden (drums) of Static Dress. We talked about the sometimes unfortunate downfalls of being unapologetically yourself, their recent signing to the prestigious Roadrunner Records, being invited to Bring Me The Horizon's Malta weekender...and much more. As they weren't on tour - accomodation for the guests on this episode of the podcast was paid for by the lovely people on The Downbeat Patreon. It's a quid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (6)

Ryan Quinn

best one yet

Jan 18th

Iain Frame

Sean and his lighting plans sound like a Spinal Tap moment in-the-making. looking forward to the band emerging from pods and eating tiny sandwiches. None more sleeps.

Feb 12th

Ryan Quinn

one of the best podcasts yet

Nov 24th

Ryan Quinn

Josh's mouse pad brilliant episode can't wait to hear the new album!!

Dec 10th

Sam Hughes

Loved this episode, had no idea matts lessons were so cheap, might have to pick em up!

Aug 19th

Teemu Siipola

Really good podcast! Keep em coming.

Aug 22nd
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