Band: The War on Drugs
A founding member of American psychedelic-rock visionaries The War on Drugs, Dave Hartley has expanded his playing in lockstep with the band’s ever-growing sonic ambitions. From their lo-fi basement origins to the massive anthems on their 5th album, A Deeper Understanding, Hartley’s bass lines have seamlessly blended with the grooves and kept the train rolling down the tracks. His over-driven, syncopated finger-dance on “Holding On” is just one highlight of an album that also features nuanced fretless playing (“Thinking of a Place”, “Knocked Down”) and front-and-center melodic plectrum work (“Clean Living”).
Though the highlighted low-end is a recent development, the parts have been there all along: check out the John McVie-inspired groove on Future Weather deep cut “Comin’ Through”, the tucked-in but playful bass work on Wagonwheel Blues opener “Arms Like Boulders”, or the slinky fretless line on Lost in the Dream’s breakthrough-single “Red Eyes”.
A Deeper Understanding was released on August 25th, 2017.
Band: The Steepwater Band
Tod resides in Uptown, Chicago, just blocks away from the Wilson Windsor Apartments, where Everett Hull began work on his invention of the amplified peg or “Ampeg.” Tod took music as an interest early on in life and his first … more »