Mike Dirnt's new sound.
So, as many of you may know, Green Day just released three albums, ˇUno!, ˇDos! and ˇTré!.
Mike Dirnt's bass playing is better on these 3 records than it was on 21st Century Breakdown, and also American Idiot.
But what interests me is his tone. It's nothing like any of his previous tones.
Here are a few songs where his bass is prominent, I'll also mark the time period where the bass is most prominent. Any idea how he gets that tone?
1. Nuclear Family (Uno!)
Start from 1:34 to 1:42
2. Stray Heart (Dos!)
The bass is there right at the start!
3. Makeout Party (Dos!)
Start at 2:05 to 2:44
4. Missing You (Tre!)
Start at 2:20 to 2:50 (Other instruments come in later)
5. Dirty Rotten Bastards (Tre!)
This has got to be some of the best stuff he's ever written.
Start at 3:17 to 3:29
Your replies are appreciated!
The difference in tone is most likely due to him switching to the new fender Bassmans. Also, they seem to have tried to make these albums sound a bit more like some of their earlier work, in which the bass is very prominent.
Thems some mighty tasty bass licks on "Dirty Rotten Bastards" if I do say so myself!
In regards to the new albums, Uno was a bit weak I thought, however Dos and Tre are great, a real return to form after 21st Century. I'm 30 now, have been listening to Green Day since I was 12, and I had kind of lost hope for them, but these new albums have me exited again. Not sure what to make of Billie's rehab thing though.
I really dig that sound! I never really liked how Mike was mixed on previous records. He always had presence, but his tone always seemed to lack a certain low-mid grunt that would give his bass authority.
This is just more incentive to pick up one of those new Fender tube heads. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. :D
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