Funny you should say that Charlie, Clive Deamer's (Portishead) drumming is one of the things I really like about this. Seb sounds dangerously close to an over-player in the extreme skill Bruford/Vander mould, but I know I must be wrong about this, as my reliable drummer friend says he's a genius and an inspiration.
Your friend is right, Chris, Seb R is far from an overplayer. He's very economical, effortlessly elegant, with a great drive, and he uses a small kit. Far from the Bruford mode. Don't be put off, and seize any opportunity to see him live.
That Get The Blessing clip was OK, but I'm afraid that the Acoustic Ladyland clips don't do anything for me, except make me want to listen to something from 'Turn It Over'. This will do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzDDO0G9YU
Saw Get The Blessing a couple of months ago. Drummer Clive Deamer wasn't available (Radiohead have put a price on his head & head hunted him), so the very highly liked & rated Dylan Howe was the drummer - for some reason he just didn't work with them for me, and we left a few numbers before the end. BUT, Bristol's bestest drummer Daisy Palmer is now balancing on the drum stool, and that suits them a lot better. Try this clip and listen to the drumming from 2:42 onwards - just lovely: http://youtu.be/US1sA1Rj08M or this for a more punk jazzy feel: http://youtu.be/m61JpgftkFM
btw tulsehill Charlie - as recommended by you, and as I said I would, I've now been to hear Seb Rochford play live (in a duo with Kit Downes), and he was......just great - very imaginative & individual player. (I also note he plays the drums all over, yet subtly, Fatoumata Diawarra's album from last year - a good 'un)