By Brandon “B-Mac” McCarthy
My first day back at NAMM was riddled with non-stop walking, playing instruments, and talking with artists. From chatting with Vigil of War to GFM (Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh) and the Living Dead Drummer Nick Mason, I was spent and ready to head to the after parties at the hotels. However, before Rabit and I headed to the festivities, my friend and O.C. Review writer Jeniffer Grana presented me an opportunity that I just could not say no to. She helped set up an impromptu interview with her punk drummer beau, Anthony ‘Tiny’ Biuso. This dude has been around the rock scene since I was in diapers, performing in groups like T.S.O.L., the Dickies, Hed P.E., and even a touring gig with Doyle. I will admit, I did not about him or T.S.O.L., but I curious, ready to find out some more.
After pronouncing his name that rolls off the tongue, Tiny told me about when he a youngster, he played a lot of different instruments and was in a music academy, where his instructors and peers thought he make a better drummer than pianist. Oddly enough, he did not get behind the kit until middle school, and found the punk rock scene to his likening. We talked about his time in T.S.O.L. and he gave me joke names for what it stood for like “Truly Sad Old Losers” and “Totally Shit Outta Luck,” when really it means “True Sounds of Liberty.” Being unfamiliar with the band, Tiny gave a brief history lesson on them and how they are a tougher band than Mötley Crüe. One of his favorite places to play in is Prague, and that’s when we got into the intense fan base over in Europe vs. here in the U.S. We would go on talking about his most recent projects he is working and him interviewing people drumline.net. Imagine that, he is an interviewer as well.
Like I said, you never know when opportunity will present itself. I had a blast getting to know Tiny and his long career in music. I want to thank Jeniffer for pointing me in his direction. Otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic conversation with a righteous punk drummer at NAMM. To Anthony ‘Tiny’ Biuso, I salute you. Horns up!!!
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