#1
what do you guys think about a band having two bassists?
and are there any already in existence?
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#3
you could do some really sweet ****. try like a fretless with a drop tuned. bass harmony!
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#5
Spinal Tap had 3, I guess.

A lot of old Jazz bands had a standup bassist and an electric bassist.

Mike Watt and... some other chick have a band called Dos that's just a singer and 2 bass players. They sound even worse than the whole concept. I'm all for experimental music, but... wait, actually, I'm not for experimental music at all. Apparently it's a bit too avante-garde for me and I like my synth beats.

Long story short, it's been done, but you either run the risk of sounding like crap and making thefitz want to quit playing (like Dos) or you could do something very interesting. However, the interesting things require either a lot of theory knowledge or a big friggin imagination. I'm willing to say 2 people playing the same line will have less definition than just the 1 person. But then again, there's songs like Hejira, Big Bottom and Take A Walk On the Wild Side. That last song is 2 chords and it uses 2 basses, but the concept behind the dual bass line is friggin brilliant. Basically, slide downwards and then upwards on an upright using root notes, and slide upwards and then downwards at the same time using the 10th (and I guess the 18th?) on a fretless electric. Batty.

I don't know you or how you play, but bottom line, if you play simple things that aren't incredibly well thought out, if you have a lot of people in your bands, or are a root note thumper, it won't work.
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#6
metallica used to do it alot when they had cliff burton and dream theater do it, it works sometimes but you have to get it right otherwise it sounds like ****
#7
I don't recall Dream Theater ever having two bassists. I know Petrucci also plays bass, but I don't think he's ever done it in studio
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#9
A lot of new dance-rock/alt bands like CSS and LCD soundsystem have two bassists.
#10
If you like Incubus, Earth to Bella on Light Grenades has two basses on it. Like they said, it can either be really really good or really really bad.
#11
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Mike Watt and... some other chick have a band called Dos


Kira Rossler, exbassist for Black Flag. (also Watt's ex-wife lol!)
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#12
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Kira Rossler, exbassist for Black Flag. (also Watt's ex-wife lol!)

Do they have kids? If so, I bet they're the strangest, quirkiest, and most neurotic bass players in the world.
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#13
My church band had two bassist. Till the one quit, then I kinda quit a little while after that, and the other one came back, then the other church band I was in had two bassist. then well, I quit again after about 3 weeks, it kinda sucked really bad. So now my Funkadelic five has two bassist, because it's kinda the lead instrument in there.
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metallica used to do it alot when they had cliff burton and dream theater do it, it works sometimes but you have to get it right otherwise it sounds like ****


The main Metallica songs I can think of that use 2 bass lines are Orion, The Call of Ktulu, and For Whom the Bell Tolls, which others were there?
#16
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Kira Rossler, exbassist for Black Flag. (also Watt's ex-wife lol!)

Dos 0wnz

They always sounded great to me

#17
I think the only way a 2 bass band would work long term is if one played lead bass and one rhythm. Otherwise the low end would get too muddy for my taste. People cant distinguish bass as well as we would like to.
#18
Well, if you had one bassist stick to the traditional bass role, and the other went higher up on the neck, it may work. Basically, have one bassist on bass level, the other bassist on mids, and the guitarist on highs?
#19
You could have one rhythm and one lead bassist, forget the guitars, or is that too avant-garde?
#20
James Brown did it for a while after Bootsy left apparenently.
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#21
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You could have one rhythm and one lead bassist, forget the guitars, or is that too avant-garde?

It's too avant-garde for you, forget it. Your mind would blow up if you tried to understand it.
#24
Well in my opinion you couldnt do much with two bassists that you couldnt just do with one really good one but im going to use this thread to make a point.

Jam Sessions (when like 15 people get up there) at festivals are one of my favorite things in the world. But i cant take it when the bassists keep switching instead of just using more than one bassist. If there can be 8 guitars and 4 drummers why cant there be two bassist. So never be a part of one of those.
#25
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uh, Spinal Tap?


Spinal Tap does not have more than one bassist. For one song they used three basses. The rest of the stuff has one bass on it.
#26
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#27
The group I'm working with currently has three guitar players, two keyboard players, to bassists and a drummer. It's sectioned off: left and right, with the third guitar player taking the "center" in front of the drums in the mix.

We're trying it, anyway. It might not work. Multi-part harmonies and arpeggios are fun and interesting, but can also turn into nothing but noise very quickly.

Just sayin'.
#29
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You could have one rhythm and one lead bassist, forget the guitars, or is that too avant-garde?


Check out Stanley Clarke's album East River Drive. Last two tracks, "Lords of the Low End" and "Illegal", are largely Sir Stan, and Armand Sabal-Lecco doing pretty much just that. Especially the call-and-answer section towards the end of "Illegal". Sabal-Lecco gives the bottom end plenty of tight percussive slap while Stan pops little two string interval stabs up top. It gives way to them basically becoming a four handed bass machine, with some tasty chord work.
Or there's the Ned's Atomic Dustbin approach! Thx for the reminder of NAD whoever said that, I was thinking it was PWEI had 2 bassists...duh. Mis-spent youth in indie clubs to blame...
#30
Paul Simon used 2 basses on the album Graceland. Search YouTube for 'You Can Call Me All' there's one version where you can see them both playing.
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#32
The bassist from Acid Bath started a side project with two bassist called Shrum. was very \m/
#33
I play in a bass trio, and I know this might seem arrogant, but it sounds amazing! The more basses the better (within reason).

CSS have 2 bassists, but then again you did say "band" and one of those doesnt really play much...
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#34
I love the way Dos sounds, but I wouldn't recommend it too often. I suppose if you had one bass playing higher lines and another playing lower ones (al a Dos) it would be fine, but it really just depends on what other instruments are being played, you don't want to over crowd a song.

Also I was thinking about maybe layering a bass with some decent effects (something like death from above 1979) and still having the lower, clean bass to back it, but with no guitar. Just an idea floating around I may try.

All for expirimenting in music, but sometimes it just doesnt work lol If it works for you though, I would love to hear it.
#37
Pink Floyd did it on "One of These Days". That was pretty cool.
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#39
My old death metal band had two bassists, I played lead bass and the vocalist played rhythm bass. They're still going now, I quit a while ago.