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What are some good rock bands that are more bass driven/dominated with less guitard in them or no guitards at all? I need some new stuff to listen to with bass more upfront but I can't seem to think of anything.... rock seems like it's all about guitar and not enough about the bass, whats with that?...... suggestions?
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#3
Iron Maiden songs have pretty definitive bass lines, even though they have a lot of guitar too. But the bass does stand out quite well.
#4
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS!!!!!!!

i mean, everyone in the band plays an equal part, but flea gets alot more attention than the bassists in other bands.

not their most rock-ish songs, but 'hard to concentrate' is an awesome bass-first song from their latest album.
Cant wait till they start doin stuff again!!!!!!!!!!
#6
obvious answer for me would be primus.

EDIT: or maybe muse or nirvana
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#7
chili peppers, primus, most punk, mudvayne, rage against the machine
#8
Rishloo, Om is a bass/drums/vocals only band ... long songs and more stoner rock but its pretty good, from what ive heard of Mew their bassist gets a good cut of their sound but ive only listened to "And the Glass-Handed Kites", Isis' bass player takes a few solos and is generally pretty awesome as well, and if your willing to look into a sludge kind of rock Irepress should sound pretty great to you aside from the distorted guitar bits the bass usually takes the lead.
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#10
Muse, RHCP, Rage Against the Machine, Rush, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Metallica (in a way), Led Zeppelin. Many more too.
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Nirvana, as stated above.
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#13
Try listening to Morphine, They have Mark sandman, who plays a 2 string slide bass as their bassist. It's pretty cool.
Fishbone is a good early ska band with a fast slap bassist.
Kings of Leon, I recommend listening to their album 'Because of the times' first.
Phish, don't listen to their studio stuff. My favorite is their album Vegas 96', Les Claypool plays for a part of the show with them.
[Edit] How did I forget, check out Umphrey's Mcgee. It's an awesome prog/jam band, their bassist is Ryan Stasik. You can actually download some of their shows here for free http://www.archive.org/details/um2004-02-07.shnf
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#15
Rage Against the Machine, Cream, Cold War Kids (especially their single something is not right with me)
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#16
Yes Primus is very bass driven. Also, there are quite a few Red Hot Chili Peppers songs that are lot more bass driven with the guitar playing rhythm. For example "Me and My Friends" and "Aeroplane"
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Seconded, Yes Yes Yes and Black Heart i both think are really fun bass

As well, rage against the machine are good, as stated chili peppers, some metallica and i find guns n roses bass stands out to me

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'Anti-Flag' is pretty bass oriented for a modern band

agreed especially songs like Mind the GATT,Turncoat (some of the fills are pretty nice), 1 trillion dollars is a bit slower but its bass line is sheer brilliance

Also RATM is very bass driven,Longview by Green Day is easy and is pretty much just bass cept maybe the choruses and is pretty easy to boot xd.

A few early Metallica songs are bass driven, but the best Thrash metal song with a really bass driven core has to be peace sells the intro's great on CD and 100x better live. :P
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#20
Probably not your usual suggestion but I'd check out some Billy Talent. It's not bass-driven so to speak, but the bass really is a massive part of the sound and Jon Gallant is a tasteful player.
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I find that Anthrax is more bass driven than alot of other thrash acts, not to mention, I love the bass intro in "Caught in a Mosh"

too right its epic espeically in a gig setting it builds up to the "mosh" which inevitably will happen

and about Billy Talent the duet with Anti-Flag called turn your back has some nice bass parts :P
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Probably not your usual suggestion but I'd check out some Billy Talent. It's not bass-driven so to speak, but the bass really is a massive part of the sound and Jon Gallant is a tasteful player.


I'll agree with you there. Billy Talent would benefit a lot if they turned their bass up during recordings. Jon's one of the most solid bass players today.
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#26
I would say Rage Against the Machine! The bass is just soo much fun to play with their stuff!
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The steve miller band and boston
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I'll agree with you there. Billy Talent would benefit a lot if they turned their bass up during recordings. Jon's one of the most solid bass players today.

I have all three of their albums and I think that the bass level is pretty sufficient. Plus, his range is pretty mid-heavy so he cuts through well anyway. Nevertheless, he is a damn solid bass player.
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#30
For the oldies...

Faith No More
Marillion
Police
Yes

These are all in the "how to play the bass" book.
#31
Kyuss, and some Queens of the Stone Age...basically anything from those two with Nick Oliveri
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#32
Primus. Nuff said.
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#33
Dream Theater, RATM and Rush all have pretty prominent basslines in most of their songs..also, muse, and I especially like theirs because of all the distortion and effects they utilize in their music.
#36
If you want to try playing a bit like a guitarist, just for fun, look at Blink-182, for example, Adam's Song; palm-muted verses, volume-knob fade-ins with chords during the interludes, and the second half of each chorus is powerchords and octavechords.
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Enough said

This and Primus were my two suggestions. And if you like mellow Indie Rock, check out a band called Pinback. Awesome bassist
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