Ben Barclay of Going Swimming

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Ben Barclay of Going Swimming

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What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?

Today, I present to you my 21” Zildjian Sweet Ride.


How did you come across this particular item?

I found it in a Kinder Surprise, I was stoked… Nah, I bought it from a guy name Phil at a music store down the road from my house. I’m sorry I don’t have a better story for you.


What is it that you like so much about it?

Well I know this is a very common cymbal that a lot of drummers use, but I’ve never been much of a gear junkie. So for me, this really changed things. Before this I used a chunky 20” Paiste ride that I kind of borrowed (stole) from my mate Jack. Whilst I was very grateful of Jack’s loan, the thing sounded like an infant running unknowingly into a garage door. I just thought that’s what ride cymbals sounded like – until I got my hands on the sweet ride.


How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?

I use it for everything. It really did change the way I play drums as I would only ever use my ride for the bell. When I started playing this sweet ride I finally understood how other drummers used their ride cymbal to crash so much. This cymbal pretty much sounds great however you use it. I have a pretty minimal kit so I need something that’s going to fill in a lot of space, and that’s exactly what this cymbal does. Our music has definitely become louder as a result. 


Any other interesting points/stories about it?

I accidentally found out that it looks awesome if you spit beer all over it and then crash it real hard. It’s kind of like when Triple H comes out in his entrance and then sculls a bottle water and spits it all into the air like a mad dog. So yeah, I guess me and Triple H are kind of the same dude.


Tell us a little bit about what you have coming up?

Going Swimming have been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve just released a new track ‘Debt Collector’ and we will be back on the road this month for what some would call a national tour. Get down to one of the shows and I’ll show you what I mean about the Triple H thing. 


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