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Everything posted by Cato

  1. Congratulations. That is a definite result.
  2. They've just announced they're calling it a day, but Funeral for a Friend - Hours was a great album. Emo mainly passed me by but I saw them live about 10 years ago, bought the album & ended up loving it. Its somewhere between hair rock Bon Jovi & early Manic Street Preachers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX-kf3s_6DQ
  3. Not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but I'm quite fond of [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfeyUGZt8nk[/media] By the time it finishes I've forgotten it's a novelty & been transported back to a dodgy club in the late 90s.
  4. 1992 is mu favourite Carter album - I atill break it out for a listen every now & then. I'm not sure what qualifies as 'under rated' but my choices would be The Wedding Present 'Bizarro'. Maximo Park 'A Certain Trigger' Beastie Boys 'Ill Communication'.
  5. I'm not at all religious & I don't really understand these things (& I certainly don't want to sound like I'm taking the pee), but is it possible that he sees taking part in the band as part of his worship experience, raising a joyful noise unto the creator? (if that's actually a thing, I know it's a Galliano album), rather than just providing a backing track for the congregation? My best mate rediscovered christianity a few years ago & I'm constantly suprised by the way he applies it to almost every area of his life. Alternatively, Double Bass guy could just be being a d*ck.
  6. Probably worth asking on the bass build diaries section. There are some seriously skilled people on that thread. The main thing I've picked up is that you need a lot more clamps than you might think when building a bass.
  7. I've sung & played guitar in a couple of bands but when it comes to singing & playing bass, I just can't do it, its like a mental block. In one band we used to do Nirvana's 'All Apologies' - after a bit of practice I had no problems singing & playing the guitar line at the same time. If I switch to bass & try to play exactly the same line whilst singing my fingers start tripping over each other. I can't even do it with a pick (which is how I played it on guitar). I have nothing but envious admiration for every bass player/singer out there.
  8. After multiple attempts 878 with right hand, 893 with left hand (I'm right handed) & 832 the time the program ran without sound so I had to guess where the beat was based on previous attempts.
  9. I was a big fan of Galliano in my student days (early 90s) particularly the 'Joyful Noise Unto the Creator album'. This thread has inspired me to go back & listen to a few of their tunes. Tbh I think I'm bit old, jaded & cynical for the idealistic hippy lyrics these days but apart from that its still fairly enjoyable Anyway... [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymGxV6KEtCc[/media] I do still love the flute solo on this one.
  10. I think from a bass players perspective (and purely my own opinion, of course) that when you play with a guitarist with a single coil guitar it leaves a clear demarcation between the sonic territories of the bass & the guitar which makes it relative simple to get a nice clear bass sound in the mix. The increased mids range of humbucking guitars (PAF fitted Les Pauls seem to be particularly strong in the mids area) blurs the sonic territories together making it a little bit harder to get a distinctive bass voice in the mix. Its not a huge problem but I think it does require a little more fiddling with various controls to get right. Going from a Tele to a Les Paul does seem a bit like going from one trebly extreeme to the mid-heavy other.
  11. [quote name='bartelby' timestamp='1439322444' post='2841957'] The first time I heard Om I listened to the album constantly for a week [/quote] When I read 'Om', for a split second I thought you might be referring to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M0GnI_cIDg
  12. Nooooo Not the Reflex, I'm only about about halfway through my efforts to save up for one. I think I'll have to keep the fund going & see what the new bass models are like. (Fingers crossed there are some new bass models)..
  13. It's not going to be to everyone's taste, but it looks like you've done a fantastic job there. You should stick a thread up on the Build Diaries section I'm sure they'd be interested in the processes you employed to get such a great looking instrument.
  14. I was on the Public Peace website last night and found these stunning examples. [url="http://www.public-peace.de/index.php/bass-guitars/maruszczyk/mr-tee/4-string"]http://www.public-pe...mr-tee/4-string[/url] They've definitely made the 'basses I will one day own' list. The red hollow body is up there with the most beautiful basses I've ever seen.
  15. [quote name='bluejay' timestamp='1438806929' post='2837643'] Their guitar, drums and bass solos weren't driven exclusively by their egos. James needed breaks to rest his voice, and obviously the other bandmembers who weren't playing a solo at any one time could rest for a few minutes too. Jason usually played some nice melodic solos which stopped just before becoming boring! [/quote] I saw Metallica on the Black Album tour at the NEC in Birmingham. During Jason's Bass solo me & a friend left our spot in the stands, [color=#000000]queued [/color] up at the bar, bought a round of drinks for the rest of our group & returned to the stands and still had to wait a couple of minutes before he finally finished. Still it was better than Lars' Drum solo. Played at a physically painful ear splitting volume complete with strobing lights I have wondered if the effect it produced is similar to those employed by the CIA on Guantanamo inmates. Still one of the best gigs ever though.
  16. I'm in the 'Bass solos can work really well in Jazz' camp. But then only for about 30 seconds to a minute tops. Other genres I'd have to take on a case by case basis , but generally its a bad idea - 99% of audiences would prefer it if you just did another song.
  17. I've always found Closer by Nine Inch Nails to be a particularly touching & emotive love ballad.
  18. Just out of curiosity I googled bass guitar double neck & found this page. [url="http://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-double-neck-bass.html"]http://www.aliexpres...-neck-bass.html[/url] No idea what what the import costs/duties are but the basic retail prices seems pretty astonishing. Wonder what the quality is like?
  19. [quote name='Jenny_Innie' timestamp='1437918911' post='2829959'] Rock and roll is virtually dead. Young people don't want it any more. [/quote] I think it depends on the definition of 'Rock n Roll'. If you include more recent guitar bands like Arctic Monkeys they seem to be doing very nicely. I try to listen to Annie Mac's 7-9pm show on Radio 1 a couple of times a week (although I'm some way outside of their target demographic of 16-24). Its gotten a bit more electronic oriented since Zane Lowe left but there still always seems to be a handful of new bands who I think could fit the description of Rock n' Roll. Tastes seem to evolve & revolve over time, give it a few more years & there'll be another band putting their own twist on the Rock'n'Roll genre & storming the charts all over again.
  20. The cover that most impressed me I saw done at a beer festival a few years back - a full on funk version of Bobby Gentry's Ode To Bille Joe complete with horns section. Completely filled the dance floor even though I'm not sure how many people would have known the original. I think it must have been the band's own arrangement because I've never been able to find a recording of the song being done that way.
  21. [quote name='Meddle' timestamp='1437511814' post='2826738'] I thought this thread was about the Groundhogs... I briefly considered auditioning for a wedding band gig, but those identi-knit set lists put me off. On top of that, I've only ever heard people covering Mustang Sally. I've only heard the original on the two occasions or so that I've decided to listen to it. I never hear it when I'm out and about. Is it a myth propagated by cover bands? Is it really such an in demand song? [/quote] I don't think Mustang Sally was that famous in this country until it featured in the film The Commitments. When I was at uni in the early 90s & for a good few years afterwards if you saw a band in a pub or club the chances are that at least a part of their set would be dedicated to playing soul classics from the soundtrack of that film. My theory is that whilst you don't hear most of those songs as much these days, somehow,at some point Mustang Sally passed into the national subconsciousness as a song you expect to hear if you go to see a pub/club/functions band & stayed there.
  22. I went to two weddings last year. The first had a little form on the back of the RSVP where the invitee could suggest three songs for the band to play.(Annoyingly my suggestion of Gil Scot Heron's 'Whitey on the Moon' was ignored) The second invitation had no such feature. Both the band who's set was based on attendee requests & the band who presumably were just doing their standard wedding set ended up playing pretty much identical sets. So based on that ridiculously small sample & depressing as it is, it would seem that all these bands belting out 'Sex on Fire', 'Mustang Sally' & 'Mr Brightside' are indeed giving the audience what they want.
  23. Two fairly recent ones. I suppose what they've got in common is that the artists never followed them up with anything half as good (IMO of course) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHuebHTD-lY
  24. I've never really 'got' The Fall either, although there a fair few people who are passionate about them. Maybe try some of the recorded material rather than the live stuff? I think most of The Fall's kudos comes from the fact that just about every band to emerge from the 'Madchester' scene & a fair few from before and afterwards seem to have a connection to the Fall. Whether they've had members who've roadied for them, played in the band even if just for a single recording or just supported them, just about every Manchester band over the last 25-30 years has links to The Fall.
  25. Two things. Bass frequencies travel. If you play amplified in a terrace,semi-detached house or a flat at anything other than very low volumes then everybody you share a wall, floor or ceiling with will hear you. (and by low volumes I mean so low that its barely worth plugging the bass in). Either make sure the neighbours are out before you play at any kind of volume, or stick to headphones. In today's world of technological marvels there must be a way you & your girlfriend can jam together through headphones. Second thing - if your neighbour didn't tell you there was a problem before whinging about it on Facebook how on earth were you supposed to know? A few months ago I was chatting to my neighbor & she told me that she goes to bed around 9pm to get up for an early shift & that my habit of whistling for the cat to come in before I went to bed between 1-2am was waking her up. Obvious in hindsight, but until she told me I had absolutely no idea about my anti-social behaviour. I've now stopped whistling, the neighbor's told me she's now sleeping straight through & it turns out the cat turns up at the front door at the same time every night whether I whistle or not. Everybody's happy & all it took were two people talking like adults rather than storing up their frustrations & bitching about it on social media.
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