She begins with a slow, casual stick twirl, before turning up the aggression on the tom-heavy intro to Slipknot’s fierce new track “Unsainted.”
14-year-old Maren Alford proceeds to nail Jay Weinberg’s part, including the lightning-fast fills, in a drum cover posted to her YouTube channel. The video has nearly 12,000 views and counting in barely more than two weeks.
Alford isn’t exactly a beginner, if her obvious skills don’t give it away. The Texas native has already performed with her all-girl power trio Not Ur Girlfrenz on the last two Vans Warped Tours.
Alford told Drum Magazine she originally wanted to learn how to play guitar like her dad and brother, but it was her mom that ultimately influenced her to pick up the sticks at a young age.
“My mom had always wanted to learn how to play drums and percussion, but her parents believed it wasn’t very ladylike and said no,” Alford said. “My dad knew this story and when I was 8-years-old, he bought my mom her very own kit for Christmas! Of course, I wanted to try it, too. The first time I sat behind the kit, I knew it was definitely for me. I instantly fell in love with everything about it and started begging my parents for lessons. I’ve been playing ever since.”
“Unsainted” was Slipknot’s first single from their long-awaited new album We Are Not Your Kind. The LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the metal band’s third top album.
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