GOOD bands without a bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by gsys, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. This has probably been done before, but how many good bands are out there that have nobody on bass? (this excludes White Stripes because they are not good.) The only one that comes to my mind is Casanatra, but I bet there are others out there, especially with organs or Charlie Hunter guitars in them. Anybody?
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    The Black Keys are pretty good.
  3. trog


    Nov 8, 2003
    Definitely. They're great.
  4. Eagles Of Death Metal
  5. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    ....Kraftwerk? Heh.
  6. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
  7. + infinity. His left hand is sick.

    Also check out some of Melvin Sparks' stuff.
  8. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Sorry.. that's an extended range bass he's playing.

  9. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
  10. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    Only live.
    In the studio they relied on bass session ace Jerry Scheff who is more known as being the bass player in Elvis' last band and father of the excellent bassist/vocalist in the band Chicago: Jason Scheff. (Talk about a product of good breeding ;) )
  11. matt bass

    matt bass

    Apr 28, 2003
    Staffs, England
    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  12. burntgorilla


    Jan 24, 2005
    I think the White Stripes are good, so I'll add them to my list. There's also some metal bands without bass (I only saw them on TV though, can't remember the names). The guitars are so heavy, you don't need bass. I often wonder what Meshuggah's bassist does.
  13. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    sleater kinney.

    ...if you like the bleating goat vocals. :D
  14. tin hat trio, benevento russo
  15. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Pig Destroyer
    Late Night Prayers
    Federation X
  16. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Not a current example, but one of the hottest bands ever not to have a bass player per se was Tony Williams' original Lifetime, with Larry Young and John McLaughlin. Unbelievable playing.
  17. I think Soulive should be mentioned again, in case anyone read the name but decided not to listen to them. They are awesome.
  18. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    East Coast, US