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Any good "modern" bassist

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Sexy magik, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Sexy magik

    Sexy magik

    Mar 23, 2012
    ive been looking through the web to search for awesome songs to learn but its always the same band/bassist people are recommending (not that theres nothing wrong with them) and the common trend is that their all from the 60's to the 80's. I know music was at the peak at that time and now its kinda going down hill but i was wondering if there are any good modern bassist out there who are from the 90's to now.

    so far bassists i like from that time are
    Christopher Wolstenholme (muse)
    Tim Commerford (rage against the machine)
    Ben Kenney (incubus)
    Nick O'Malley (arctic monkey)
    Stuart Zender (jamiroquai)

    please is there are any more let us now and link some songs by them :)
  2. That's obviously a tricky question, because nobody can agree what a good bassist is. My philosophy is: the one who plays what's good for the music involved. It can be chops-intesive guy like say Larry Graham, but also a solid root player, dare I say, Dee Dee Ramone. Wish is, of course, a matter of taste. A recent bass player that has really impressed me is Thundercat, who plays with a lot of leftfield R&B acts like Flying Lotus and also has a really nice solo work. Check out:
  3. The Celestials

    The Celestials

    Jul 1, 2013
    I have always loved the raw power from Nick Oliveri, and I guess now it is Michael Shuman from QOTSA... both are great. Jack Lawrence is also cool.
  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Dave Meros from Spock's Beard
  5. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    I asked the same thing, more or less, many weeks ago. I feel the same way, i feel like great inspiring bass playing barely exists anymore in more modern musicians. And im not even of those who thinks moden music sucks. I just havent been thrilled by modern bassists much at all. Like 35 and under. Mid you my thread was more specific and asked in the general genres of pop and rock.
  6. Auspex


    Jan 30, 2013
    Boise, Idaho
    You guys must be listening to the wrong music....

    There are tons of great bassists out there.

    My Favorites:

    Jeff Caxide - Isis
    Juan Alderete - Mars Volta
    Dan Briggs - Between the Buried and Me
    Brian Cook - Russian Circles/Botch/These Arms are Snakes
    Nate Newton -Converge
    Jack Donovan - Elder
    Evan Danielson - Mouth of the Architect.
  7. bmason81


    Jul 7, 2010
    Check out the redneck manifesto, not sure the guys name but they rock
  8. kikstand454


    Sep 28, 2012
  9. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    He's super good at the Motown sound, but I'm not sure nu-soul bass playing counts as "modern" playing.
    My first thought was Esperanza Spalding especially like this live clip I Know You Know. But then again it is a modern take on classic jazz sooo... Hmm?...
  10. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    I'm listening to these guys right now. Very interesting. Is this what is called "Math Rock"?
  11. spanndrew


    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    Dan Briggs from between the buried and me/trioscapes.
    Check out this band called intronaught as well, not sure of the guys name but he's fantastic.
  12. spanndrew


    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    And I guess saying Les would be redundant. But if you have somehow missed primus then check them out.
  13. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    Don't know his name off the top of my head, but the bass playing in Streetlight manifesto is amazing.

    Also if we are qualifying modern as '90's and later, there is a wealth of bassists (or at least bass lines) to choose from:

    Alice in chains (underrated bass playing imo)
    NIN (not one bassist, but some creative bass lines nonetheless)
    At the drive in

    Just to name a few..
  14. activebass


    Sep 19, 2013
  15. Sexy magik

    Sexy magik

    Mar 23, 2012
    i agree people have different opinion on what is considered as great bassist.
    and yeah ive completely forgot Queen of the stone age and primus
    sorry Milk i shouldlve checked the forum before posting the thread and yeah the genre can be anything you want, just a great bassist that have appeared recently
    the bassist for bruno mars is amazing, ive never really listen to those kind of music, id be more into it if there was more great bassist like him
    thankyou Auspex for the list of bands, i'll check them all out

    if theres more please keep them coming :)
  16. Matt Wong - Reel Big Fish
    Roger - Less than Jake
    Joe Gittleman - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Geddy Lee is still on tour.
  18. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Joe Dart - Vulfpeck

  19. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    Most of the "good" Incubus bass lines (anything pre-2003 iirc) were done by Alex aka Dirk Lance.

    Ben's an ex-guitarist that was added to the band, essentially, because he doesn't make waves and just follows the guitar parts.

    Also have to second the "weird to have the mention this, but um, Les Claypool from Primus" sentiment. Even if you don't personally love his style, he was pretty influential in perpetuating the slap/pop/strum stuff.
  20. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    Thank goodness!