Fear ze beard. According to LoCO readers, current Lord Ellis and former butt-ton of other bands drummer Steve Bohner brings the most craved rhythmic thunder in all the land. In a tight two-way race, the Alchemy Construction green guru just beat out lucky Absynth Quintet drummer Mike “Tofu” Schwartz. Bigger beard prolly capped it.

However, as we stated below these polls are just dumb fun. What we need now, of course, is a deciding drum off. Maybe at a Lord Ellis/Absynth Quintet joint show? Could those bands’ fans coexist? Let’s rally HumBrews, LoCO readers’ choice for best big town music venue from a couple weeks back to book that show! Yeah! Do that!

Congrats, Bohner. Keep hitting’ ‘em hard. We’ll add this week’s Humboldt Approved poll later this afternoon.

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Thus far in our Humboldt Approved polls, your Lost Coast Outpost has stuck letting our readers honor local businesses and organizations. People feel safer voting for inanimate objects i.e. bars, music venues and (well cooked) burgers. This week we wanna branch out this week and try our first people poll. Hopefully, it won’t be too painful.

So, tell us, whose kick drum makes your heart beat fastest? Whose stick control soothes your soul? Specifically, who is your favorite drummer in Humboldt County? You choose your parameters. Do you prefer your rhythms played with deft restraint or more balls-to-the-wall? Brushes or tree limbs? Shirt on or off? What ever means best to you, vote for that below.

Now before you get irked about LoCO competitively pitting artists against each other, let us assure you that we understand the winner of this poll, when it’s all said and done, is not necessarily the best anything. But we’d argue that, if you appreciate local music, this is a chance to recognize some of the folks that make it great. And seriously, we could have gone with best singer or guitar player polls first and we didn’t. They get enough glory, amirite? Throw a drummer’s name out there. Allow yourself some dumb fun.

This is the fifth week of Humboldt Approved, but it might be the first time you’ve participated. Here’s how voting works (please read carefully):

To vote, look through the comments of this Humboldt Approved poll. If someone has already nominated the answer you would give for that week’s category, click the upvote arrow. If you don’t see your desired Humboldt Approved answer nominate it in a comment for others to upvote. (Please be careful to not duplicate answers; redundant answers will be deleted and potential associated upvotes will be lost.) Feel free to make your case by replying to/cheering on the answer you love most, but again the number by the arrows is what counts.

You can vote for as many nominees as you deem worthy but, of course, the more you do that the more watered down your initial vote becomes. That’s math.

We reserve the right to delete superfluous comments that make the voting/comment section hard to sift through. Please try not to get offended when your comment battle reply is deleted. We’re trying to do something here.

While most weeks we look for two winners — one winner from the metropolises of Eureka and Arcata, and one from Humboldt’s smaller communities — this time we’re gonna limit it to one. The winner will be declared next Friday around this time. Eventually, they will get something — again, we’ll get to this part eventually. For the time being, “glory” will have to suffice.

OK, now get to voting. Who is Humboldt’s “best” drummer?

(Tip: Sort comments by “BEST” to get a better grasp of how voting is going.)