Tinnitist TV | Episode 30: Victor DeLorenzo of Night Crickets + Violent Femmes

The veteran drummer on his many bands, his percussive inspirations & much more.


Victor DeLorenzo is in good company. Again.

More than 40 years ago, the Milwaukee drummer formed The Violent Femmes with singer-guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie. After being discovered busking on the street by Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, the folk-punk trio went on to become one of the most commercially successful alternative rock acts of the 1980s and 1990s, selling over nine million albums thanks to hits like Blister In The Sun, Add It Up and Gone Daddy Gone. Now, DeLorenzo has gone from that pioneering trio to a new indie supergroup: Night Crickets, co-starring legendary bassist David J of Bauhaus and Love And Rockets, along with singer-songwriter Darwin Meiners. They just released their poetic and cinematic debut album A Free Society, which was recorded long-distance and features DeLorenzo’s tastefully understated grooves and stylishly textured percussion throughout. From his home in Wisconsin, DeLorenzo Zoomed in to talk about Night Crickets, his cello/drums duo Nineteen Thirteen, his favourite drummers, the odds of him playing with the Femmes again and a lot more. Enjoy.