Bands with 2 bass players

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by 420bassplyr, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. So I've seen bands with 2 drummers, percussion, 2+ guitars, and after watching so many talented bass players over lapping bass lines to create a groove to perform a solo should be a testament as how 2 basses could provide a larger dynamic to a musical composition. .. In all genres of music i believe
  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I was in an experimental jam band and we had two bassists. I covered the bottom with fat sustain and chords. The other played up the neck more lead was killer.
  3. Sweet! That's progression!
  4. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Me too - we traded off the bass roles and sometimes 'doubled' one or the other - every bass player should do this as it helps define the role each can have in an ensemble. I even had a one night performance ensemble called "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" where every instrument was a bass instrument (tuba, tympani drum, electric bass, upright bass, baritone guitar, bari-sax) and all improv with the concept of 'the ocean depths'.

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018
  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Dumpstaphunk has two bass players.
  6. I'll check them out
  7. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    Maybe Ned’s atomic dustbin
    pcake, stigbeve, Lo-E and 11 others like this.
  8. its played in rotation on like every radio station... I love the name!!
  9. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    One of my favorite local bands in the mid-80s was Paisley Jungle, a two-bass, no guitar band, though one of the basses was strung piccolo (or maybe higher).

    I wish there was more of their stuff on YouTube. At least I still have their LP.

  10. shadowrider

    shadowrider Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    The "double trio" incarnation of King Crimson: 2 drummers, 2 guitars and 2 bassists (Tony Levin and Trey Gunn -- playing bass lines using various combinations of bass guitars, Warr guitars and Chapman Sticks...)?
  11. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Then there was Ornette Coleman's double quartet with both Charlie Haden and Scott LaFaro, most famously heard on the Free Jazz album.
  12. markbvt


    Jan 4, 2018
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin is the band that immediately springs to mind. But there are also plenty of songs by The Cure that feature Simon Gallup on regular 4-string bass and Robert Smith or one of the other band members playing a Fender Bass VI (and in the case of “Primary,” just two P-basses, no guitar).

  13. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    the ruins
    Julian G and bassfran like this.
  14. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    James Brown
    knumbskull likes this.
  15. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Riff Ranger and wmmj like this.
  16. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    Makes me think of this video
  17. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    Unfortunately I assure you no one here ever heard of us but years ago I had a punk band that experimented with having 2 bass players for a short time. I tend to write melodic lines anyway, so I just pushed my parts generally farther up the neck while the other guy tended to hold down the bottom. Of course at times we’d switch or both go low and really punch ‘em in the gut - maybe have him w/ distortion so there was still some delineation between parts.

    Unfortunately that didn’t last long and we were soon back to a traditional line-up. I really enjoyed the challenge tho.

    I hadn’t thought of that project for quite a while - writing about it now makes we kind of curious to try it again. I love the idea of challenging myself with a whole new set of restrictions and challenges. Def have to be very aware of what both parts are doing, or it can decend into bassy, wobbly trash very quickly.

    Riff Ranger likes this.
  18. oranje

    oranje Living Deliciously Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    San Diego
    Deadbolt! "Scariest band in the world" two bassists, same notes, the wall of thunder.

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018
    reno88 likes this.

Share This Page