All That Remains Drummer Jason Costa Played Five Shows With a Broken Hand
Jason Costa, drummer for the melodic metalcore band All That Remains, is incredibly bored. He’s sitting around his Massachusetts home, nursing a broken right hand, while his bandmates are out on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
“I’m calling them every day and sending them text messages every day,” Costa told Noisecreep. “They send messages back to me–hopefully I get well…I won’t know until tomorrow (Thursday, July 16). I go back to the hand specialist. I still can’t make a fist, which I think is bad.”
Costa broke his hand in late June while on tour in Scandinavia. He’s unsure of the country because all the days roll together while on the road. But he believes it was in Sweden.
“I hit it on a table,” Costa said. “I was goofing around. I wasn’t trying to break a table or anything in a drunken rage or anything like that. I had been having some drinks, so I was probably not as coordinated as I normally am. I banged my hand into a table. I hit it just right. I got the typical ‘boxer’s break’ where the bone behind your knuckle in your hand is broken. I also knocked the knuckle out of the socket. I did a good job. If you’re going to do it, do it right.”
When Costa broke his hand, All That Remains only had five shows left on their European tour. He played the gigs despite the injury–and without painkillers.
“The worst (songs to play) were ‘Chiron,’ ‘Undone’ and ‘Six,’” Costa said. “‘The Weak Willed’ wasn’t too great either. That was one night that a bunch of fans were cheering for ‘Weak Willed.’ I was looking at the rest of the band like, ‘Of course. It’s the one song I definitely don’t want to play.’ There’s so much right-hand action on that song. But I made it through.
“Adrenaline is a good thing,” he added with a laugh. “It hurt a lot and it was swollen. They would have ice waiting for me by the side of the stage when I got off. It was really surreal. Some of the shows I couldn’t believe I was actually up there playing. I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ But I had to play. Those last five shows were so big. It would have been disastrous to not play them.”