Ilan Rubin is, without a doubt, one of the hottest young drummers in rock today. Fresh off the release of his solo album recorded under the name The New Regime – Coup, Ilan joined up with Nine Inch Nails as their new touring drummer. Full of influences from classical music and classic rock acts like Led Zeppelin, Queen, and The Beatles, Coup covers a range of swelling builds and emotional moments.
Every song on Coup is distinct from the others, as The New Regime explores a variety of sounds, styles, and instrumentation on different tracks. On “The Credit “WE” Deserve”, Ilan gives us the acoustic guitar ballad that we were all hoping would be on the album – taking a step back from the large instrumentals that make the rest of the songs so exciting to listen to. Ilan’s classic rock influences are well represented in his interpretations of traditional rock styles, such as the fast-paced riffs of “Tap Dancing In A Minefield“. Coup is as much a full album story as a collection of individual songs, closing out with the soulful piano rock of “Somethings”.
While he was on tour in Australia with Nine Inch Nails, we had unique the opportunity to do a quick Q&A with Ilan about Coup, touring, and joining NIN. Check out the following pages for more on Ilan’s experience recording Coup, trying out new instruments for the album, joining Nine Inch Nails, experiences from his most recent tour in Australia & New Zealand, and Twitter.