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So I have do play with a drummer and guitarist, but the guitarist is really hard to work with. In the mean time I really want to keep playing and my best friend can play some guitar, but is really getting good at drums, he's a natural I think. Anyways, I'm an ok guitarist, but bass is my place. Anyways, we want to start playing and I am curious about a largely bass and drum band with vocals? I don't know the names of many, and whenever I type in drum and bass I am assaulted by techno vomit. Can you guys see it working, more so in mainstream dive bars and small places without a guitar hero on most songs as I'd be switching out between the two for the time being.
#2
Dude, you need to listen to some mclusky. It's not bass and drum exclusively, but most of the songs sound like they were written with drums and bass first then guitar.

You could also try an octaver on the bass to help fill out the high end. It's not an impossible feat, especially with distortion and fuzz, but it helps to have a guitar.

Edit: Also, you could write the guitar parts and run it on your iPod through the PA. That's what Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry! does when he plays without a full band.
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That edit scared me, cause the guitarist I mentioned is named Jeff. I have an octaver but it's only down. I do play guitar, but I always feel uninspired and like I'm playing poorly. Bass is where I feel like I am in control and make things move (literally).
#4
I'm not overly familiar with them, but I think there's a band called Om like that?

It's stoner metal-ish stuff, and I *think* they only use drums, bass and vocals.
#6
Rush have many song that is built up on bass and drums first and then a added guitar track. A good example is Maligant Nacisissm which is practically a jam between the bass and drums.
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I'm not overly familiar with them, but I think there's a band called Om like that?

It's stoner metal-ish stuff, and I *think* they only use drums, bass and vocals.


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Om are amazing.
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Om Om Om Om Ommmmmmmmmm. Awesome stuff. Bassist doubles as vocalist and drums are amazing. Trance music all the way.
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Another idea is to split your signal and run it through two separate paths? One path being a traditional bass-type path, and the other a bit more overdriven and EQ'd more like a guitar perhaps?
I know I can do these kind of things on my pod at least, and it can produce pretty cool sounds.
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Another idea is to split your signal and run it through two separate paths? One path being a traditional bass-type path, and the other a bit more overdriven and EQ'd more like a guitar perhaps?
I know I can do these kind of things on my pod at least, and it can produce pretty cool sounds.


I'm starting a Om influenced project and that's what I'm doing, at least for now.
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#12
Well, you have Clatter, a two-piece band with drums and bass/voacals. Mind you that the bassist has her signal split into 3 amps: a SWR amp with a Henry 8x8 cab, a SWR Redhead running an effects loop, and a Mesa Boogie Dual rectifer (this signal is first sent through a Digitech whammy set at 5th up)

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#13
I'm in a similar boat to OP, I just jam with a drummer friend of mine, we play mostly groove sorta stuff, and we plan to fill out the mix with classic sounding analogue synths, and perhaps one day vocals.

I'm hoping to get a fuzz pedal, and some other bits and bobs to fill out the mix, but its getting there! Good luck.

A few examples of what we do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34mjpNh3RiI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lb1c9_VB_A
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I played with a drummer friend of mine for a couple years in high school for a few years. It all worked out pretty well. Might want to play these on some good speakers as it's hard to hear the bass sometimes.

Here's the first thing we did: Some overdrive used.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9HZZV26zgA

2nd: Overdrive and delay used here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyjnguUxAh0

3rd: Used a loop we made and played from my pedal to start and some delay effects.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9QuOlBlsQs

Last: Used a guitar for this one but still heavily bass influenced.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIcYvLP1AQU

I hope this gives you some ideas maybe of what you can do!


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Thanks guys I had heard of death from above, nothing else. I was thinking of running a stereo rig. I don't like Rush btw, and when my girlfriend finally moves here from Canada she can play guitar. (random omegle encounter 2 years ago)
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Go look at a live performance of Damien Rice's "I Remember" i know, he plays guitar but it may give you ideas on what to do with effects, multiple amps and signal splitting
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Cant believe Im the first to mention Lightning Bolt...bloody awesome Noise Rock band with mental playing from the drummer and bassist...very very loud,very very crazy,when they gig they set up in the middle of the crowd...and the drummer wears a mask with a telephone mic in it for vocals.

Peel Footage:
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Live Footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrfuJiMAf9M&feature=related

DFA79 and OM have been mentioned too,but preps again to them

And my housemats have been working on fretless bass/drum experimental stuff,mix of jazz and blast beat and crazy time signatures, cuz they're main project is a math rock band
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The White Stripes.

Obviously they're a guitarist/vocalist + drummer, for the most part - but the reason the songs sound complete is because the guitar fullfills the role of the bass and the guitar at the same time. There's nothing to stop the same working in reverse - especially not with an octaver and, if you can afford, some bi-amping.

There's a video of them playing My Doorbell around somewhere too, with Jack White playing bass rather than guitar. It has Jools Holland on keys too - but they don't play a particularly noticeable role in the song.
#22
How about the xx? They create a really deep, haunting sound with just bass, drums and vocals (occasionally a bit of synth too).

Also, listen to some Joy Division. While they had a guitarist, he didn't really drive their sound - it was mostly bass and Ian Curtis' vocals, with a few sloppy guitar solos here and there. Most of their songs would stand up superbly even without guitars.
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I don't like Rush btw, and when my girlfriend finally moves here from Canada she can play guitar. (random omegle encounter 2 years ago)


Whats wrong with you? Just kidding. You have to apreciate the musicianship those guys have reguardless of if you like them

And PS, never play in a band with someone your ****in. You will end up screwed......but not in a good way
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Whats wrong with you? Just kidding. You have to apreciate the musicianship those guys have reguardless of if you like them

And PS, never play in a band with someone your ****in. You will end up screwed......but not in a good way


He's probably worked that out in the year since this thread was made

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