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|My Favorite Bassists|
As a bassists, these 10 guys have been my biggest influences over the
years. Most of them aren't considered bass virtuosos, but thats not
really my style anyway.
Aka Twiggy from Marilyn Manson/APC/Goon Moon. White was pretty much the guy who
made me pick up the bass in the first place. Even though his lines are pretty
elementary most of the time, he holds down a nice groove and locks in with the guitar
and drums very well. I don't really listen to Manson much anymore, but Twiggy will
always remain a big influence on me. And I still would murder someone for a vintage
alpine white Thunderbird.
|2||Jesse F. Keeler|
Another huge influence on my playing. Anyone that knows me around here knows I
am a huge DFA1979 fan and a large part of that is due to Jesse's playing. His lines
are always danceable yet still dark and distorted. His tone is to die for and one of a
kind. I think he is one of the most original players I have come across and I aspire to
one day to be half as great a player Jesse is.
Fugazi bassist for the uneducated. Lally is often overlooked due to two of the greatest
punk guitarists being in the same band as him, but Joe makes up for half of the best
rhythm section in all of music. His lines are always funky but punk as fuck. I don't
think there is one Fugazi song with an unmemorable bass line.
Most may know him by The Mars Volta fame, but some of his best lines have
been composed on his side projects. Most notibly Big Sir and Racer X. In Big Sir
Juan made up some of the best trip-hop bass lines I have ever heard, they're
soulful and funky and always danceable. In Racer X his speed was unmatched.
I watched an interview with him once where he said he would practice scales
doing 16ths at over 160bpm while he was in Racer X. Fucking ridiculous.
Theres a reason why he is Omar's go-to bassist for all his projects, and one of
the only consistent members of The Volta.
At The Drive-In bassist for those who don't know. Just another great player, all
his lines in ATD-I are great. I wish he went on to do more after ATD-I, but it
seems like he is no where to be found nowadays.
Botch/Russian Circles/These Arms Are Snakes bassist. Probably one of the best
bassists in punk. He is versatile and innovative, and has one sick tone out of a
fucking Grabber. His lines on Geneva blow me away every time, especially on the title
track. Of course he was a key member in Botch, one of the greatest metalcore acts
around, and the no de-funked These Arms Are Snakes. I don't know any bassist with
a better resume than Cook.
Another huge reason why I picked up the bass, and the reason why I mostly play
fingerstyle. He proves that even in metal its all about your style and technique, not
your gear. He's another guy that is pretty damn versatile, I mean just listen to his
playing on Damnation.
Converge. Easily one of the best players in metalcore and punk. His tone is
brutal and his playing is flawless. I can only dream that I can write crushing
riffs like Newton one day.
From Lullabye Arkestra. One of the baddest chick bassists around, Kat plays in
a bass and drum bad with DMST drummer and husband Justin Small. Her lines
are about as punk as it gets and always interesting. I love playing through
Threats/Worship, every song has an amazing riff or two.
|And my favorite virtuosos:|
|was hoping to see 5 on here, then saw it was your list|
|Alex Webster. -Cannibal Corpse, Blotted Science, etc.|
Dan Briggs. -BTBAM, Orbs.
Two you missed right there.
|Not a big fan of technical metal players. Their playing is more about the craziest shit you can do rather than the soul. Mendez is one of the best players in metal in my opinion, just because he plays from the heart and doesn't go over the top with his playing.|
|been meaning to make one of these for awhile but mine would also have geezer butler|
tod and jack from cop shoot cop
and the guy from lightning bolt
|Awesome list. |
|Major props for JuanAlderete and Martin Mendez. I love the bass playing on Damnation and Frances the Mute|
I just wish Juan would take it easy with the bass wah and flanger.
|Agreed with irai on Dan Briggs, except he plays guitar in Orbs I'm quite sure, but nonetheless he should be up there in my opinion. But I respect your choices.|
|Les Claypool (Primus)|
Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, Blotted Science)
Sean Malone (Cynic)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
Tony Choy (Atheist)
Eric Langlois (Cryptopsy)
Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (Augury)
|im playing a show with lullabye arkestra in a couple weeks, i should probably check out some of their stuff|
|I have to tell you something. List is fail. Best bassists:|
Cliff Burton (R.I.P)
some of my faves.
|lol @ my influences being a fail. Key word influences. I never said they were the best, just that they have been a source of inspiration for me.|
Dan Briggs is an incredible player, but like I said, I'm not a big fan of super technical playing.
That sick Silverleaves, Kat is pretty hot.
|you've been progmastered|
|Man whatever happened to Progmasta?|
|Oh really? I guess the pressure of being the master of prog got to him so he had to change his name.|
|haha well he said he was on my shoutbox so i assume its atually him. no other user has argued crimson being better then floyd with me then him|
|I've always really liked the guy from Intronaut.. uses a fretless on all of their stuff.. and he also does lots of upright stuff too, mans a virtuoso beast!|
|Didn't know the bassist from These Arms Are Snakes is also in Russian Circles. I remember you rec'd Circles to me awhile back, and they're great. Thanks!|
|I'd put Flea from the Chilis on this list, but thats just me lol|