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Great fretless bassists in context of LOUD music?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ArturoOsito, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. ArturoOsito


    Aug 21, 2012
    Hey, I'm looking for bassists who play fretless exclusively, or at least nearly exclusively. I'm really looking for LIVE videos I can watch and study.

    Jaco is obviously the king, but I'm looking for more "loud rock" as opposed to jazz (or Weather Report). That dude from Mars Volta plays fretless but the show I watched of them featured very boring bass work....and I'm looking for people who kick ass with fretless. Bakithi Kumalo kicks ass, any more like him out there?? I'd reeeeeally like to find a 5-string fretless player...

    Suggestions of songs featuring fretless bass will be appreciated, but I'm REALLY looking for a FULL LIVE SHOW featuring fretless bass, or at least mostly fretless bass. BONUS POINTS for 5-string fretless!!

  2. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    Steve Digiorgio
  3. Road Bull

    Road Bull

    Jul 24, 2011
    Seattle, WA.
    Well, there is Tony Franklin..

    Although he is not very heavy in my book.

    Then there is also a ton of clips on youtube of people playing "fretless metal bass". Most are doing covers of other metal songs. But this usually allows you to take a good look at what is going on for the bass and not just a few seconds a time of the bass in the video of a band setting. May want to give that a try.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Check out Mick Karn with Dali's Car:

    Not necessarily loud, but then, neither is Bakithi Kumalo ;)
  5. BrBss

    BrBss Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Tony Levin

    He doesn't always play a fretless ... but he does it well.
  7. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    Joe Lester of Intronaut. He has a couple of vids of him doing playalongs to their songs. He plays five string fretless exclusively, and his tone is amazing.

    Juan from TMV boring? Are your ears broken?
  8. +1

    Also Jeroen Paul Thesseling.
  9. Agreed, but in all fairness, if he's only heard their newer material it's not very indicative of Jaun's skill.
  10. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    I haven't been up to date with their new material for a few years... I saw them live in '08 and Juan killed it as usual. Juan's work in Omar's solo projects is great as well.
  11. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Sean Malone with Cynic.
  12. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Kev Hopper's old stuff with Stump is pretty outrageous, very unique style on a Wal. IIRC some of Bauhaus was fretless too.
  13. ArturoOsito


    Aug 21, 2012

    Watch the first few songs of this:

    He just plays root notes in boring patterns. I got bored and changed the channel. The Joe Lester videos are sweet, though.

    This list is SICK, everyone. I'm diving into it headfirst. THANK YOU.
  14. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    Beyond Creation
  15. Omar has been writing in a lot more stripped down fashion the last few albums, for TMV at least. Unfortunately putting Juan on the backburner a bit I guess. Still writing him badass parts in ORLG though.
  16. That's Jeroen Paul Thessling in the video and he was on the last two Obscura albums. Linus had yet to appear on an album with Obscura.