This question is related to Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat, but essentially different.
I have been playing the drums for quite a long time. When I started drumming I practiced quite a lot. I noticed that some songs try to 'deceive' the listener into feeling the (down)beat at the wrong place by placing a big accent that is offbeat.
or listen to it (I skipped through most of the intro):
Notice the rest on the one, and the accent on the offbeat. A similar thing happens in 'elephants' by them crooked vultures (although I'm not even sure if I'm feeling the count wrong, or if the beat is actually where I feel it).
Is it 'wrong' to feel the downbeat in the wrong place (or count in the wrong way, if you prefer)? It certainly makes the beat from rope harder to play, but it is not very hard to just learn the patterns shifted by half a count.
Can you do exercises to avoid this? I tried playing rope quite often but never really got used to counting it the right way (although I did seem like I made a little bit of progress, in that I could feel the downbeat at the right space for a couple of bars. It seems like the little rest 'resets' my counting.
I hope my issue is clear. I am also curious how other people (more experienced musicians) interpret the downbeat in rope. If you do count it in the right way, is this by stubbornly counting or does it happen naturally?