Bassist looking for a rock band that needs a bassist.
30 yrs. gigging experience. Also able to sing lead and backups, and can play rhythm guitar in a pinch. Thanks to a late-onset case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome, I find myself in possession of twelve basses (Update: Now 14 basses) and five guitars, and my gig amps have now become practice amps because I have new and better gig amps. I also have my own vocal mics, stand, myriad cables, a plethora of straps, and a beverage holder that is the envy of all who lay eyes upon it.
Influences -- bass: Geddy Lee, Entwistle, JP Jones, Jack Bruce, you get the idea.
Vocally I can go anywhere between Joe Cocker and Chris Cornell once I’m warmed up. I don’t have a smooth voice, but I have range and a shit-ton of power behind it. Depending on the difficulty of the bass line of a song, I can pull off vibes of Gillan, Dio, Ian Astbury, Daltrey, Bono, Cobain, Staley, Gregg Allman and many others that I can’t remember at the moment. If I’m not singing lead, harmonies -- actual harmonies, not the all-shout-along you usually hear from live bands -- are one of my strongest points.
Please note that it depends on the difficulty level of the bass part. Sorry if I disappoint in advance, but I generally can’t sing an impossible melody while playing an impossible bass line. I can, however, do one or the other.
I stay sober at rehearsals and gigs. I don’t care what you do as long as you can handle it. I play to have fun but I’m serious about sounding good.
Ideally I’d love to get with some people who are interested in going a bit off the beaten path musically. We don’t have to be too obscure, well-known bands are great, but maybe some lesser-known songs by them that all the other bands aren’t doing. I’m not afraid of originals either.
Please no excessive hair metal, death/black/thrash/nu metal, Cookie Monster, 3-piece Skynyrd tributes, country, pop, jazz, gospel, dance, AM radio hits of the 60s and 70s, or “variety” bands. That being said, there's still a lot of stuff I'd like to play (see influences above) and even more that I'm still willing to play.
I’m not interested in playing weddings, festivals, or high-end corporate gigs. Let’s just go blow the roofs off the local clubs.
I’m good with a startup as long as it’s serious. Working or near-working is great too.
I live in Aiken but I’m fine with traveling to the Columbia area -- more opportunities.
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