Spike T. Smith could well be described as the British version of josh freese with regards his varied & colourful drumming career to date. Well known for his work with massively influential singer MORRISSEY, with whom he toured & recorded with between 1999 & 2003.
Spike played previously with punk legends THE DAMNED before being poached by the above-mentioned singer. Before this spike cut his teeth playing for hardcore/dub reggae crossover act WARDANCE, recording two albums & numerous singles & extensively touring Europe & north America in the mid 90's.
There have been many sessions that spike has contributed to & many remixes.SONA FARIQ. THE MOTIVATORS (featuring Alain whyte & Gary day of Morrissey) Chinese pop singing superstar I Ching & THE T4 PROJECT ( which features some of the biggest names from the past 20 years of the u.s./u.k. punk scene, featuring members of BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, STRUNG OUT, BUZZCOCKS, THE SUBHUMANS & PORNO FOR PYROS) Have all benefitted from Spikes playing.
Gizz butt, former guitarist of THE PRODIGY & now fronting his own metal band THE MORE I SEE had Spike contributing his drumming skills to the bands 2nd album THE UNHOLY FEAST. He also performed all drumming duties on their latest album TREAD THE DARKER PATH.This saw the light of day in spring 2010. There is also much touring in the pipeline both in Europe & America where spike is an in demand player. The summer of 2010 was stepping in for the mighty KILLING JOKE culminating in their first visit to china headlining the inja festival. Time was also spent occupying the drum throne for the NEW YORK DOLLS which saw Spike once again reunited with his old rhythm section brother GARY DAY. Autumn 2010 into 2011 will see Spike once again playing with STEVE IGNORANT (former front man of CRASS) with his new live band. Billed as THE LAST SUPPER the tour has already began with sell out shows in the u.k & will spend the remaining months of 2010 criss-crossing Europe. 2011 will see the band touring America, Japan, Australia & New Zealand.
In-between all this spike has taken part in a number of clinics demonstrating his wide-ranging styles & influences & also runs his own drum school. He has also been the featured artist on the recent Pearl Drum Vision advertisements that have been appearing in all the top drum magazines.