PHOENIX– Mechanic, and father of two, Bruce Harvey was offered an exclusive record deal after he was seen performing a drum solo on the steering wheel of his 2004 Buick LeSabre during his daily commute to work, ecstatic sources confirmed.
“At first, I could have sworn I was hearing Rush,” said Stan Shiffman, Head of New Talent at Epic Records. “I haven’t heard someone play the steering wheel like that in ages. And I’ve been in this business for a long time. The way he used his dashboard as an Octapad was insane — clearly a musical genius. I yelled out to him to pull over and we signed a contract on the spot.”
Shiffman discovered Harvey at the intersection of 7th St. and Osborn while the two were stuck in traffic.
“I mean this guy was just annihilating his steering wheel, playing high hat on an empty Coke can and obliterating his glove compartment. At one point, I even noticed one of his air conditioning vents popped out. It was super metal,” said Shiffman. “The guy is a next level talent who needs to be exposed to the masses, and not just a few stuffed animals in his back seat.”
Harvey believes his hard work and passion for in-car drumming, which often embarrasses his teenage daughters, has finally paid off.
“I’ve been practicing every chance I get. It used to be something I did to pass the time, but now it’s become my passion,” Harvey said spinning an imaginary drumstick in the air.
Michelle Raskin, a casual-turned-hardcore fan, witnessed the face-melting drum solo while waiting for the bus.
“When he played the ashtray full of coins, I thought, ‘OK, this guy is pretty good,’ but then the smoke machine from his cigarette lighter kicked in and, wow… that guy is a powerhouse of an in-car drummer,” said Raskin. “I just hope when he drives by here tomorrow he gets stuck at this red light so I can see the man work his magic.”
As of press time Harvey entered negotiations for his own line of signature steering wheel covers to prevent finger bruising.
Photo by Josh Jurk.