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Brendan Canty (born March 9, 1966 in Teaneck, New Jersey) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band Fugazi.

Canty and friend Guy Picciotto (vocals, guitars) were bandmates in several Washington D.C. area bands in the early and mid-1980s, including Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Insurrection, and Happy Go Licky. He also played drums with the short-lived Deadline, featured on the Flex Your Head compilation.

Canty joined Fugazi in 1987, and Picciotto joined not long afterwards.

Many of Fugazi’s songs since Steady Diet of Nothing are based on guitar riffs introduced to rehearsals by Canty. An adept multi-instrumentalist, Canty also writes songs on piano (he plays a skeletal version of “Bed for the Scraping” on the Instrument DVD), as well as bass lines for some songs.[1] He is also noted for using a ship’s bell as part of his Fugazi drum set in recent years.

In between Fugazi tours, Canty frequently composes soundtrack music, primarily for Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel documentaries. He also contributes to or helps produce other Washington D.C.-area recordings. During Fugazi’s post-2002 hiatus, Canty took part in a side project, Garland Of Hours, with vocalist/cellist/keyboardist Amy Domingues and drummer/percussionist Jerry Busher, both of whom have contributed to Fugazi recordings and performances. Their first self-titled album was released on the Arrest Records label founded by Busher and Canty’s younger brother James, formerly of Nation of Ulysses.

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