Needless to say, I get my humor and performance gene from my mom. It’s about knowing what I’m good at and what I’m not good at and being okay with that.As far as performing musically, I’ve been in bands, whether real or imaginary, since the fourth grade.There was this nagging feeling that it was true mixed with my desire for worldly fame and fortune.
Of course, this complaint was just a cover for my fears about God judging me. When I was 21 years old I started dating a guy who didn’t drink and do drugs. We were taking a walk one night, and I said, “Are you religious?
I notice that you don’t do these things.” He didn’t know that I was Mormon or had a Mormon background.
One of my earliest musical memories was from kindergarten. Around this time I got into the idea of drumming, I think maybe because it was aggressive. I would drum wooden spoons and beat on pots and pans, using the pots as the drums and the lids as the cymbals.
I remember sitting on the bus staring out of the window and singing to myself “You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago. I always flipped through the Sears catalog to look at the drum sets. When I started band in the sixth grade, my parents got me the Sears drum set. That’s when they figured out I was serious enough about playing the drums that they could afford to actually invest a little money in it.
Elaine Bradley is the drummer for the rock band Neon Trees, which released their first full length album, Habits, in 2010.