Nevermind is the second studio album from the grunge rock band, Nirvana. Released in 1991, Nevermind was something very distant in sound from the bands first record, Bleach, and was something totally different from the hair-metal bands that were popular at the time. Nirvana’s album changed the sound of popular rock music, essentially inspiring the whole genre of grunge and 90’s rock music. Though many iconic moments are scattered throughout Nevermind, there’s no doubt that Dave Grohl’s drums are a major force in making the album the powerhouse that it is.
The album was recorded at Sound City studios in Los Angles, CA. which is a studio well known in the industry for producing phenomenal drum recordings. Dave Grohl’s kit had a very simple traditional microphone set up, nothing special or out of the ordinary. Each drum had its own microphone and there were a few room mics to capture the coveted reverb sound of Sound City’s drum room. In an interview about recording, Butch Vig, the producer of Nevermind, said he gives Dave 90% of the credit of the albums drum sound. Butch also said that Dave Grohl’s drumming is so powerful that it was what made the album so loud and heavy. Everything considered, the secret behind Nirvana’s drum sound was just pure drumming talent.