A former drummer for Beck has been hired to join reformed Australian group Crowded House. MATT SHERROD was selected for the coveted role after band members Neil Finn and NICK SEYMOUR held dozens of auditions in Australia, the US and the UK. In a post on his website, singer/songwriter Finn says: "A big thank you to all who put their hand up, and sorry we didn't get to play with everyone, but time and geography were against us. "Look out for more dates announced soon and we are about to do some serious rehearsing so we can be very good." The band is currently putting the finishing touches on new album TIME ON EARTH in London.