Tim Alexander Biography
Tim "Herb" Alexander (born April 10, 1965 in Cherry Point, North Carolina). His nickname comes from his fondness for herbal remedies. Described as "one of the most innovative drummers in the drumming community", Alexander is known best for playing in the rock band Primus. Tim played on the Primus recordings Suck On This, Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Miscellaneous Debris, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl, before leaving the band in 1996, only to rejoin in 2003 for the EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People and related tours.
Alexander has also played in the indie band Laundry, recorded songs with experimental bass player Michael Manring and the related Attention Deficit project (all of which also featured Alex Skolnick), joined the theatrical group Blue Man Group, and occasionally rocked with the Las Vegas-based improvisational rock band Uberschall. Tim has also worked with the indie band Born Naked, having lent production skills and live guitar work to the trio.
Although he states that he was originally inspired to become a rock drummer by John Bonham and Neil Peart, Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde claims Alexander's drum beats are mostly influenced by African Jùjú music. Prior to joining Primus, he played and recorded with Major Lingo, which at the time was a ska-based rhythm band that featured a lap steel guitar as the lead instrument, played by Tony Bruno.
Alexander was the first drummer of A Perfect Circle, performing early live shows with the band, and recording drums for the track "The Hollow" on the band's debut album, Mer de Noms. He is listed as a member in the band's DVD/CD release aMOTION.
He currently is completing recordings on an album with experimental band Fata Morgana, which features guest bassists Tony Levin of Peter Gabriel and Paz Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle. An April 26, 2006, billboard.com story reported that Alexander will be the drummer in a reunited Meat Puppets lineup. The band will feature original members Cris Kirkwood and Curt Kirkwood.