Looking for Influences please? :)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mcblahflooper94, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    I've really been interested in like Art/ psychedelic/prog bands lately. Some of the bands I've been enjoying a lot lately are: Muse, Radiohead, The Doors, Rush, Yes, and Pink Floyd. I've been trying to write those kind of songs lately, but I guess I'm still too focused on being a groovy/funkish bass player like JPJ (which is not a prog/psychedelic thing, IMO) that I'm having trouble writing non blues/funk influenced music. So I guess I'm asking for some more bands to add to my repertoire in hope of influencing my writing. As always, thanks very much for reading, and thoughts are very appreciated :)
  2. Makatak


    Apr 13, 2002
    New Zealand
  3. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
  4. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
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  6. RS66LB


    Dec 29, 2012
    Try giving a few seconds to the 1970 recording of "Jack the stripper", this is actually an intro to another song called "Faries wear boots", it's a slow yet heavy song by Black Sabbath -it's got a bass line that virtually defines the term 'heavy', who knows -you may actually like it
  7. Great song here:

    You're also going to want to take a look at King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Gentle Giant, and bands like that.

    IMO, as much as blues is not my favorite genre, it's hard to escape the blues influence in art/prog/psychedelic rock
  8. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    There is a Canadian band called Black Mountain... give them a shot. I like their record "In The Future" in particular.
  9. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Discipline by King Crimson
  10. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Sorry to keep adding to the list but for something a little more contemporary than the links I posted above, check out Sleepy Sun. They're a really good psychedelic group from California. Their 2010 album "Fever" is pretty fantastic.
  11. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Well since we are talking about them in another thread, The Mars Volta.
  12. I heard they just broke up.
  13. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    I LOVE blues/funk, and that's the problem. I'm having trouble having that lot reflect in my writing. I'm just trying to surround myself around the genre I'm going to be writing in so I can write good psychedelic/prog/art songs.
  14. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    'The Eclectic Measure' by Hypnos 69. I get eargasms every time I listen to it - the songwriting brings me to tears in a good way, and them bass lines...
  15. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    Great stuff, thanks. I really like that vibrato the guitarist uses in country joe and the fish. Is that some sort of vibrato pedal, or is he bending that?
  16. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    Surrounding yourself in the music is a good idea. You play what you hear in your head, we all do, and that could take a long time to change.
    My advice is that in addition to listening, play all the songs by the bands you want to write/play like. Analyse the song forms, chord progressions, melodies, and the arrangements.
  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    There is also something called "Psychedelic Funk"...
  18. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
  19. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    Cool stuff guys, I'll make sure to listen to all of it. So far, I've got:
    King Crimson
    Jefferson Airplane
    Jethro Tull
    It Bites
    Country Joe and the Fish
    Porcupine Tree
    Gentle Giant
    Black Mountain
    Mars Volta
    Amon Duul II
    Hypnos 69

    Anyone know some modern influences for bands like Muse & Radiohead too? I've dived into Pixies & Sonic Youth, I like Pixies a lot, Sonic Youth is really hard for me to like, though. I've looked up Muse's influences and honestly I can't find their prog/space influence. I know they get their "bombastic" influence from Queen, but I'm looking for their influences like their song Forced In (a less common number off their REAL third album, Hullabaloo Soundtrack) or the slow part of Space Dementia or Citizen Erased. Thanks so much for helping me find some new cool music, too.
  20. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    That's Mr. Barry Melton. Easily my favorite lead guitarist. In my mind, he defines the psychedelic guitarist. The vibrato comes from his intense use of both his fretting hand and the Bigsby on his Gibson SG.

    fretting hand vibrato can be seen here around the 2min52sec mark:

    and here's another all around mind boggling one from them
  21. robotriot


    Jan 8, 2013
    for some recent stuff check out tame impala, UMO, pond