Drummer Andy Hurley was born on May 31, 1980, in Milwaukee, WI, and, after his father passed away at age five, was brought up in the Midwest by his nurse mother. Over time, Hurley became a strict vegan, an adherent to the straightedge style of living, and the owner of some radical views on politics and life. He was inspired to pick up the drumsticks early on by Metallica's Lars Ulrich, and though he played in plenty of acts throughout the years -- including Project Rocket, Arma Angelus, the Kill Pill, and most notably the political metalcore unit Racetraitor -- he became most well known as the skinsman for popular Chicago pop-punk group Fall Out Boy. He joined the band in 2003, after they had already recorded their first album, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend. The group steadily built up a loyal grassroots following around the country before exploding into the mainstream consciousness with their third album, From Under the Cork Tree, in 2005.
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