What happened to rock bassists? Serious question here. You listen to 60s and 70s and there's octaves, walking lines, lines built on complex chord structures. Through the 80s and beyond, synths took over, and bassists by and large turned into robots that just thumped along to root notes. There have been exceptions throughout but...any thoughts on what happened to the bassist position, why it disappeared into the background?
Yeah I really dig Antemasque but more for the hooks than anything. The whole thing is like a giant hook, which is cool because it's also proggy. It's interesting also how the production creates a sort of vacuum, like the first couple times I listened to it on headphones it created a sortof satisfying dissonance.
that's some sophisticated shit right there bro
anyway long story short you probably don't listen to very much modern rock music, there's bass in your face for days
Modern production allows the guitar tone to be heavy/loud enough to the point that it drowns out the bass. In modern power chord based mainstream rock, the bass would have to be annoyingly loud to have anything it's doing heard above the guitars.
>Check out your local music scene, half the time you won't even see a bassist.
I hate that this is true. Good bassists are so fucking hard to come by. And when a band actually does have a bass, it's practically always a guitar player that had to play bass for the band's sake
Had to post this.
the instrument he's playing is still a bass guitar yes, but it's not fair to compare other bassists' sound to his when he's doing something so unique. it's like saying cars today have no horsepower then citing a prius as my example despite the fact that that's a hybrid and not really representative of cars in general today
Agree, but also, have the bass perform complex bass lines, and they'll just sound out of place in the power chord/heavy riff based music. The bass is better used in music where the guitar doesn't completely overpower the songs.