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Spotted! Uriah Duffy At ‘The Dip’ in Redding, CA with his band ‘Points North’!

SHOCKED is the least that can be said about how we felt when we were at The Dip (in downtown Redding, CA)  last night (Monday, Sept. 11th), waiting to watch an evening of modern instrumental musical fusion with The Mark Letteri Trio (Guitarist Mark being part of the GRAMMY winning band Snarky Puppy!!) when we looked up and saw Uriah Duffy! First of all, getting the opportunity to see The Mark Letteri Trio alone was reason enough to be out on the town and so, our night was already a hit, that is, until Uriah Duffy walked into the room with his bass on his back as he made his way to the stage!

Backstory: Years ago, Wade and I were at NAMM 2012 as NorCal Bassix with the intention of providing opportunities for some bad ass bass players to visit our FAR northern neck of the woods in California. Therefore, going to NAMM for us was like traveling to a new and heavily populated planet in order to achieve this!  But that’s where we both met with Uriah Duffy for the first time. At the time, he didn’t know anything about us but he stopped in his tracks, listened to what we had to say and was extremely polite. His Mama raised him well!

Click here to check out my footage of him performing in a booth that year

He never did make it to Redding for any NorCal Bassix events but obviously, he’s a busy guy!

So, back to Monday night in Redding: Imagine our surprise last night to see him exactly where we always hoped he would be; that is, right here in front of us and our friends (in Redding, CA) and about to play some bad ass bass!

I went straight to him and Wade was not far behind to take this picture:

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I reintroduced myself and he immediately made the pretense that he remembered us completely. When we asked  him why on earth he was here, he explained that he was part of the opening band, “Points North” with guitarist, Eric Barnett and drummer, Kevin Aiello. Drummer Kevin was a great guy too and when we had the opportunity to meet and greet with him before the show, he revealed to us that Points North was Uriah Duffy’s first “original” project and that he’s always excited to play bass in it to his fullest extent. Now, we all know that Uriah is THE bassist for hire for many, well known bands and musicians but we can definitely appreciate the desire that such a talent might have to do his own, original music. Therefore, we were looking forward to what they had to offer and the second they started we were NOT disappointed! They were fast, furious, tight, sensational and absolutely flawless! The guitarist, Eric Barnett, was a real force to be reckoned with on stage and could have clearly stolen the show but had no problem sharing the wealth up there with his talented band mates.  Later, he turned out to be just as nice to us as the rest of the band when we had a chance to speak with him one on one.

I literally couldn’t believe what I was hearing during their performance because their sublime talent and enthusiasm was almost too much for this Redding crowd!

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However, these days, The Dip is churning out a surprising line-up of musical talent that this town desperately needs in order to become a REAL destination for these world renowned musicians to perform. That is why we tried so hard with NorCal Bassix during those years to change that by bringing a new caliber of bassists around and now we are thankful that others in town feel the same way about creating a new palate of entertainment for the locals to digest.

So, thanks to The Dip for an awesome show on Monday, September 11, 2017!

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After the show, Uriah was sure to get the crowd psyched up for the main act, The Mark Lettieri Trio. However, after “Points North” blew us all away with their performance, it was hard to fathom that there was still a main band to take in!

So, our excitement to be standing with Uriah Duffy and taking in the next band that dominated the stage that night, The Mark Letterieri Trio with drummer, Jason “JT” Thomas and bassist “Wes Stephenson” was surreal! It was also evident from the beginning that Uriah was a huge fan of this band and has enormous respect for the bassist, Wes Stephenson, saying this in his Instagram post from Sept. 10th:

I’m having a hard time finding the words here- of how inspiring this guy is. Every element of his bass playing is full and rich, executed perfectly and dripping with feel. Big. Great lessons in how a bassist can make the songs their own while staying in the pocket. I’m in awe every night on these gigs our bands are sharing together- on this 5 show ‘Jazz Millions’ tour. I knew he was good, but damn. I’m proud to have a new bass brother. Ladies and gents- Wes Stephenson (Mark Lettieri/Funky Knuckles). #funkyknuckles#marklettieri #pointsnorth #bassist #5string#givehisbandalisten

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So, it appears that we have spent years traveling long distances for the opportunity to meet and greet some great musicians only to find out that you can also find what you want in places closer than expected! We couldn’t have asked for a better evening in Redding, CA (unless we put it on ourselves)! So, thanks to The Dip, The Mark Lettieri Trio, Points North and a special thanks to Uriah for always being kind and respectful of his supporters, fans and other musicians alike!

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Why The Most Important Band Member Is A Bassist!

If you play bass then you are used to being treated like the most UNimportant member of the band!  We normally assume that this is because other members of the band are driven by their egos and not what the music is capable of accomplishing for the audience. However, it turns out that it is so much more than that.  In fact, a new study that was conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario explains WHY bass is the most important instrument for the audience to listen to!  They say that the low-frequency information that only bassists provide are important to the listeners for these reasons:

The most vital rhythmic information comes from the bass.

The study indicates that listeners can more easily detect these low-pitched tones better than the higher-pitched ones.  This is why the timing is most often encoded into this sound because it is present in these lower tones.

These-lower pitched tones is why rhythm is assigned to bass playing.

This complements any high-pitched tones produced by singers and guitarists. Without it, all you hear is wailing!

Listeners groove to the bass more so than they do to the guitar riffs and vocals.

That’s because the auditory spectrum is multi-voiced and although the most important melodic information is carried by the highest voice (vocals and guitar), the most rhythmic information is supplied by the lowest voice (bass).


With that said, it’s important that bassists in any band feel good about their contributions to the music because we all know that they are rarely given the accolades that they deserve.  In fact, the bassist is usually the most “replaceable” member and yet, those who get rid of a great bassist soon learn to miss the groove that they provided and often notice that their audience participation is sacrificed by constantly replacing this member of the band.


Ryan Madora – Her BASSic story

My first introduction to Ryan Madora was watching her play bass in the Aguilar booth at a NAMM show years ago. The first thing that I notice about her is her timing.  It’s absolutely impeccable! This means that she’s a real asset to any band because this sort of of rhythm has its own, internal clock that can only be accessed by a hard-working bassist and the bitch of it IS – that she makes it look so easy! (Here’s some footage from 2013 in which you cannot deny her ability to groove!)

So, the next that I saw her in January 2016, I wanted to be sure to say “hi”.  That’s when she told me about her latest project, The Interludes and I asked if it was okay to write about her on this website (she IS pictured on the front page, collage photo!) I also want us here in the west to understand exactly what we are missing because we need to be flooding her with our support!

Find out more about bassist, Ryan Madora.


I also took the time to read through some of her posts online at where she appears to have a deep understanding about music combined with a no nonsense delivery about the topics that she covers. She was also extremely influenced by the documentary “Standing In The Shadows of Motown”. So, without further ado, here is one of the songs off her new album, The Interludes in which she performs a “Slide Bass”.  Very unusual (for bass) but VERY cool!  Take a Look:

However, our favorite song here at NorCal BASSIX off this album is The Lizard (it was unanimous one night when I put her videos on the big screen in our studio to get a feel for her new project).  Everyone here agreed that, in this performance, she does a solo that one person referred to as “sweet” and another said “tasty”!  And I have to agree that her patient playing does have a sweet ‘n tasty style that is well appreciated in the bass world.  For us, we loved hearing each note and feeling the vibe that she inevitably creates (at 3:30) in this song .  See for yourself and PLEASE support her, follow her online or otherwise take notice of her in any way that you can because she’s very, very cool not only as a person, but as an extraordinary bassist!


January 2016 – Stu Hamm – In Redding – At NAMM – Twice In One Month!

We are excited that the legendary Stu Hamm is coming to Redding CA once again and this time he is bringing his band (Alex Skolnick and Joel Taylor) on January 15th to The Dip (located downtown at the newly rennovated space/formally known as Bombay’s) on California Street.  Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm with a $15 cover charge.  This is part of the Band’s winter long tour along the west coast to support his new solo album – “The Book of Lies”.

The Stu Hamm Band At The Dip in Redding, CA.

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The last time that we had the pleasure of his performance was back in 2011 for a NorCal BASSIX Bass Day event. He showed up early and gave some bass lessons for those who wanted to learn first-hand from one of the best bassists in the world.  Afterwards, he told stories and played for nearly 2 hours straight to a very excited and attentive audience.  He was entertaining, funny and his performance on the bass was extraordinary.  In fact, I did manage to get some footage of the event back in 2011 but I never released it (ConArtistE Publications). However, after going through it again, I put together a video mix-up to let you all know what it was like to spend time with Stu Hamm.  Therefore, if you missed him the first time, you can catch him again in different locations all along the west coast this winter. People in this area still talk about his performance at Bass Day and therefore, it is my pleasure to remind everyone that they have a chance to see him again!  This footage contains the Star Spangled Banner in its entirety and several clips of a wide range of songs that Stu Hamm did for us on that day.  You will, no doubt, get a feel for his limitless talent on the bass.  This video only makes me excited to see him perform again which is exactly why I did it, to encourage you to support him by coming out to one of his live performances that he is doing for you this winter. Take a look:

Also in January, The NAMM Show’s Newest Bass Event – Bass Jam starring Stu Hamm!

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Besides being near us in mid January, we were glad to hear that Stu Hamm is headlining the Newest Bass Jam show sponsored in part by our favorite cable company, Tsunami Cables who has certainly become the cable of choice for a variety of artists while making a Tsunami sized impact in the bass community as well. In fact, when NorCal BASSIX met with the owner, Keith Stickney a couple of years ago, Keith was well on his way to becoming a great success!

Since then, there has been a whole lot of enthusiasm for his cables in the bass community at places like Bass Player Live in 2015 and also in Bass Musician Magazine. Therefore, we look forward to seeing all of our co-conspirators in the bass world this January, both here in Redding and also at the NAMM show at the end of the month! Thanks again to Tsunami Cables for all of the information and support to our bass community here at – See you soon!tsunami cables



Victor Wooten’s new ‘PURE’ sound

DR Strings announced yesterday (11/19/2015) that Victor Wooten now plays PURE BLUES DR Bass Strings! So, why the switch?

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Victor says, “Music is vibrations and a direct representation of who we are. Strings are vital components to how these vibrations touch the listener. To reach people honestly, we need strings that respond purely. PURE BLUES™ is my choice.” 

This announcement went through all of the social media channels including a YouTube video which features Victor playing a pure blues sound with the camera emphasizing on the many DR string packets that are situated around him.  Eventually, the camera focuses on the 5 time Grammy and two time Bass Player magazine “Bassist of the Year” winner so that he can state his business, “DR – PURE BLUES”  he says to the camera with a thumbs up to punctuate.Then he continues to showcase the brand NEW Quantum Nickel PURE BLUES bass strings.

Wade Craver of NorCal BASSIX and I first had the opportunity to see Victor Wooten play live at a place in San Francisco, years (and years) ago. Back then, his fame certainly seemed on the rise but his entrance was far from famous as he simply walked through the crowd from the front door entrance of the building. During this time, while the audience was focused on the stage, Victor began playing the bass but no one really knew where the sound was coming from.  Meanwhile, the not-so-tall bassist was working his way through the crowd, playing his bass via a wireless set-up.  We saw it all happen from above and it was fun to watch him initially weave his way through the towering crowd of people who had no idea that Victor Wooten was about to walk right up behind them and ask for permission to pass.  Once the audience figured out his location, they soon parted a path for him to groove his way to the stage. Afterwards, he stuck around to meet and greet his fans and politely shook our hands along with many others.

Needless to say, DR Strings is glad to welcome this legendary bassist to their family. Take a look:

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Tone Mountain Studio In Northern CA Presents: Norm Stockton

We recently had a clinic in Northern California with Norm Stockton at a place called Tone Mountain in Douglas City. It is approximately 45 miles northwest into the mountains off Hwy 299 from Redding. Needless to say, this place is off the beaten path and for that reason, it is the last place that you would expect to see a state-of-the-art studio with a sound room, one big jam room, 2 bathrooms, a back porch and fresh, mountain air surrounded by small cabins. The drive alone is a beautiful trip that leads you to a space where the mountain opens up to make room for this surprisingly advanced studio set-up.

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Years ago, Jorgen Moholt, owner and creator of Tone Mountain had a vision and went through great lengths to get it done right. He even had to explain to the local county clerks that he wasn’t building a ‘living’ space (because the details of the specs were so involved and included installing 2 bathrooms) but, of course, they have never heard of such a thing up in the hills. . . A studio? They assumed that he was building a “living” space which requires a whole new set of permits. But he wasn’t. In fact, a “studio” is nothing more than a glorified “shop” so when he finally convinced them that all he was building was a “studio”, he was on his way and ended up with the coolest “shop” that any musician has ever seen. A space that was built for musicians, by a musician (Jorgen plays bass, so, that’s cool!). I mean, there might be bigger studios in the world or studios that are simply set up differently, but this guy has every detail in place that makes this one comparable to all of those. You can see it from start to finish on his website: So, to commemorate this new, awesome place,

Jorgen’s first, featured guest was none other than bassist Norm Stockton.


Norm found his way up the mountain and produced a clinic that was so profound that even I learned a little something! Mainly because he has an easy approach when he speaks so that any amateur bassist (like myself) doesn’t feel overwhelmed by any sort terminology that he has to use in order to describe the bass and its purpose in most performances. Norm Stockton tends to “feel out” what the audience is capable of keeping up with because when he did touch on ‘theory’ for a bit, he was quick to notice that some of our eyes were beginning to glaze over because (let’s be real) the topic tends to be boring and so he quickly switches gears, plays hard, answers questions and really just let himself enjoy the atmosphere.

The one thing that I can say is that he did tend to lead any “potential bass players” into his own direction which he calls “session” work.  Norm describes session work as showing up and having the music plopped in front of you. He explains that each band member is playing just the right supporting part and that the music is a great tapestry of stuff (who writes this stuff? That’s my question). He also admits that anyone could’ve played it but, in his opinion, a session player requires tons of skill and talent with a huge bass vocabulary. I agree.

“I want to encourage you as bass players to listen to a broad range of music and have a broad range of music in your vocabulary. It’ll increase your potential vocationally to have a wide array of styles”.


In my experience, bass players themselves come in a “wide array of styles” and “session” work is a pigeon hole (that pays! That’s really the point that Norm was trying to make) but it doesn’t seem to leave a lot of room for creativity and some of the best bass players in the world don’t read music or worry about theory and (even the slappers) are creating the coolest rhythms and sounds that anyone has ever heard. Session work? That sounds like a compromise to most of them.

However, Norm suggests that “if the idea of playing a bass line like that sounds like a drag and a waste of time – you picked the wrong instrument”. Then he discusses the two ends of the spectrum, according to him (with reference to NAMM artists playing in booths, jamming their little hearts out all alone with no sheet music to guide them).

“On the one end there are session player chops (which consists of music being plopped in front of you) and on the other end, there are NAMM show chops. On the NAMM show side,” he admits that “there is some jaw dropping stuff that took some time to work up, some talent, some dedication and some hard work. . .wow,” and then he jokes, “I don’t know where I would ever use that. . . but wow!”

He goes on to say that “one of these two [styles] have complete applicability to most of the music that you and I will ever play and that is the session player thing.” Which, as he puts it, has a lot to do with interpreting the song and being able to help convey it. “I want to encourage you to develop your session player chops and that involves listening to a broad range of music” and that there is “value to knowing what some of those rhythms are, even in your own genre.” Well, THAT I can understand. I like it when we get on the topic of value. In this case, mixing Rock and Latin to create “something fresh” might spice up your band’s music, making it a valuable experience.

When he does discuss the slap technique, he says, “it’s not that hard to get the technique to where you can put together a steady stream of 16th notes. It’s a matter of getting the mechanics together and develop your ability to be subtle.” Subtle? Not the BassCravers that I know!

However, despite any differences in styles and approaches, getting the opinion of a successful bassist like Norm is always a gold nugget of knowledge. He is sincere in his efforts and wants only the best for us all. It was good advice. So, thank you! We had a great time. Here’s the video if you want to see more:

Yard Sale Basses – Are They Worth It?

Once in a great while you get to check out an instrument at a yard/garage sale and are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to pick it up. In my case, I found two and they were both pretty beat up but I call it ‘vintage’ baby! Not only that, I have my own, ‘vintage’ bass that I call my MYSTERY BASS (because nobody seems to know EXACTLY what it is) and the thing that I love most about my bass is that it is a short scale, perfect playing bass. We paid a mere $50 bucks for it with the intention of ‘flipping’ it after fixing it up. However, after playing on it I found it to be the easiest bass that I have ever played and I love that I don’t have to be nervous about the way I handle it. (For those who don’t know me well, I’m not the person that you want to hand nice stuff too. I’m sort of clumsy and I have been known to drop stuff from time to time. So, please, don’t show me your basses! You people buy only the good stuff, I’m sure). Not me. Although, Damian Erskine did offer to pay me some good money for my MYSTERY BASS because he loved the way it played too (the nerve of some people! I don’t think he was expecting me to say “no”). Even so, I have felt some regret for rejecting the hundreds of dollars that he offered (because it was a very generous offer). For most people, it’s an offer that no dummy would refuse and it would’ve been our biggest bass ‘flip’ yet!

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So, maybe, I’m a bit of a dummy for rejecting him but I’m also a CRAVER. A BassCraver, that is and clearly, I just couldn’t give up the only bass that I feel comfortable playing. For that reason, it has value to me that supersedes the federal note. (Another thing that you should know about me is that I find no value in money when it means that I have to give up my creativity).

And when I have cash, I’m quick to spend it before it deflates in my pocket. I never hold onto it for long and try to put it to good use. Therefore, when I saw these two basses at a yard sale, I was hoping for something really cool to come out of my purchases.

Two, vintage basses at a yard sale.


Of course, I haggled over the price and came out $60 dollars richer (in basses). Did I do the right thing? The first and only thing that I noticed about one of these basses is that it had an ashtray cover and my MYSTERY BASS is missing hers – YAY! So, I’m fixing up my bass first. To heck with flipping! In that respect, I was stoked to have at least one of these basses because finding an old, vintage part really makes me happy. Especially when it comes to me with no effort on my part. Now, I’m sure that I spent too much paper on these basses if all I’m getting is one ashtray cover, but the exchange doesn’t compare to the instant gratification of getting something that I was missing and for that reason, it was meant to be.

The MYSTERY BASS with no ashtray cover. Pretty ugly!


Just testing it to see if it fits and it’s already starting to look nice.


I have to drill some holes into the (beat-up) body to make it work. So, I line it up perfectly and make marks where I need to drill.


By the way, this is the first time that I have ever worked on a bass!


It fits perfectly!


My shameless selfie in the mirror to see how the  MYSTERY BASS looks with its new ashtray cover.


Something that I noticed after the install:


The second bass above that I got at the yard sale has two, different screws that mount on top of an ashtray cover. Installing these would allow me to get to the strings without removing the screws from the body every time!  Dumb oversight on my part.  So now, this second bass from the yard sale is my new sacrifice as I take from it what I need to complete my project.

First, the holes needed to be bigger to accommodate the bigger screws.


The previous owner filed a slot in the screws for an easier install.  I swear, this bass is a Frankenstein!


Unfortunately, the bigger screws made it so that my ashtray cover didn’t fit over them!


I continued to improvise and filed out the holes in the ashtray cover until they fit over the larger screws.


Finally, it’s complete!


So, buying both basses really made a difference in the overall appearance of the ashtray for my MYSTERY BASS. Apparently, both basses from the yard sale have some neck issues and so there was no real ‘score’ on the purchases, but I guess that depends on what you consider to be a ‘score’ because I couldn’t be happier!  The point of this post?  Buying yard sale basses for parts is okay but expecting them to work on their own is a gamble.  Thanks for reading. Please share this and any other article that you may like on this new, BassCravers website!




Customizing Your Bass

In the beginning, most people didn’t long to play the bass. In fact, most bassists started out playing another instrument and then switched to the bass because a bassist was needed in order to complete “the band”.  However, as time marches on, bassists have grown to become a fundamental part of music both as solo artists and as strong members of the band.  These days, there are many Bass Players that newcomers can look up to and in doing so, they realize that playing the bass is more than just a talent, but also, an emotional equilibrium. That is, Bass Players tend to be more level-headed and calm. If this is not the case with you, no worries. Everyone is different :)

However, as bassists go, you are an essential part of the band whether your band members say it or not. Your audiences are not interested in squealing guitars and over-the-top drum solos. They listen to music for its calming relationship between the mind and the spirit. That is what you provide!

For that reason, it is important that you know your instrument well and are capable of changing it up a little, if needed. That is where NorCal BASSIX helps out. The founder, Wade Craver, takes you through the process of “Customizing a Bass”. This includes adding new circuitry and changing the tuners on your instrument. Normally, when we buy an instrument, we assume that we are stuck with the unique sound that it makes and all the parts that it comes with. Period. But that’s not true! An instrument can be upgraded, fixed, restored, customized you name it! Sometimes all it needs is a little love. . . .


Regardless, you are in control of how your instrument sounds and the only person that should be touching the instrument is YOU! The connection that you have with your bass should be a strong one and this video gives you the tools that you need to perform the task of customizing it all on your own. Countless companies are out there with parts and pieces that can add a new dimension and feel to your sound and instrument. So, take advantage of it! You are not stuck with the instrument that you buy because each instrument is capable of a makeover. This happens to be the most viewed video on NorCal BASSIX TV and it’s no wonder. The information in this video is priceless for those who want to do more with the bass than just call themselves Bass Players because the truth is, you are musicians, artists, creators and are in complete control of the business of your sound! Take a look:

Brian Bromberg And His 300 Year Old Upright Bass – 17 Minute Video

When NorCal BASSIX managed to get Brian Bromberg to stop by and visit with us in Northern California on his way to Seattle, we were very excited. Founder, Wade Craver was a long time fan of Brian when he first heard a cassette that was given to him approximately 20 years ago, simply titled “Brian Bromberg”.  According to Wade, he’s an icon and we were about to find out why.

Brian never travels with his 300 year old upright bass but he just so happened to have it with him on this trip.


And when he picked it up and started to play, the audience was flabbergasted.  Brian stopped momentarily to receive questions and one question that was asked of him was, “Where are you going?”  Brian initially seemed confused by the question and the audience member explained,  “You close your eyes, where do go when you do that?”  and then Brian gives an honest answer:

“I play to the best of my ability, as honestly as I possibly can whether I’m playing for you, here in Northern California or if I’m in front of thousands.”


In this case, it was a room just shy of 100 people, but Brian graciously hangs out with Wade and myself after the show and we are honored to be able to hear him play up close and personal. You don’t get a lot of opportunities to hear a player like him in a music store on a small stage.  For us, it was huge!

He continued answering the question posed by the audience member, explaining that he is “communicating on a spiritual level,” he said “that’s a beautiful question. . . where do you go?  That takes the most amount of time and ownership of your instrument to not let your ability on your instrument stop your spirit from what your spirit is trying to communicate”. Very deep and if you haven’t seen this 17 minute video of Brian Bromberg “going somewhere” with this bass performance, now is your chance to check it out.  According to one comment online, “10:43 — this is when Brian starts to go crazy… ”  You decide:


Bassist From Rage Against The Machine Debuts His New Band – Wakrat

What started off as a casual introduction between restaurant owner Mathias Wakrat and bassist Tim Commerford from Rage Against the Machine turned into an epic upcoming album for their newly formed band, Wakrat.

The two were first friends because of their common interest in mountain-biking. They often spent time together talking about it. Commerford tells Rolling Stone, “We both just share the same enthusiasm for riding mountain bikes. We’d talk for many hours about mountain biking and one day, he was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I play drums.'”

Tim Commerford – Bassist For Rage Against The Machine – Has A New Band.

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Wakrat (with the addition of guitarist Laurent Grangeon) is now a hardcore group with a deep message to send in their upcoming album that has yet to be titled, but the first single, “Knucklehead” has just been released. It was filmed in the new group’s rehearsal studio with Commerford, who wrote all the album’s lyrics, screaming, “Gimme the gun/Fuck the knife/I’m alright … Why am I locked in my aquarium?” For Commerford, it is a deeply personal song.
“I’ve been dealing with some very deep, dark family stuff in the last year, stuff that left me in tears,” he says. “I spent a lot of time crying in the last year and feeling trapped and alone. That’s what ‘Knucklehead’ is about. Sometimes the dark side spawns incredible things, and the music came from that. It’s the ray of sun at the end of the day. I went through some deep shit that I hope I never go through again, but look what came from it: this incredible opportunity in music that I love. The scream at the end of the song makes me feel like I’m just putting my face in a pillow and screaming my guts out.”

In addition to this new emotional grip that he has, he still integrates the political and social messages that have permeated his other bands (Rage Against the Machine and Future User) and the fans are excited to see this new emotional twist in correspondence with the overall anger that we all agree to have against the world as it stands today.

“I can’t stop myself from finding information that makes me mad and writing about it,” he says.
Wakrat has been together only 18 months and originally they were looking for a singer, but when they were unable to find anyone, Commerford took a stab at it and was able to work with the group’s “weird punk-jazz music with odd time signatures” which he originally thought would be hard to do. The upcoming 10-track album is a punk, fast and spastic to say the least and apparently they even use some electronic and spoken word to help round out the group’s sound. I love it!
“This is the music I grew up on and always wanted to do. It’s the same feeling when Rage Against the Machine started playing.” “I always looked at Future User as performance art. I had a vision, and I wasn’t a part of that vision,” he says. “With Wakrat, we’re a band, and we’re going to play all the time, and we’re going to pay our dues the old-school way. This is the kind of music that I grew up on and always wanted to do. It’s the same feeling as 1991 when Rage Against the Machine first started playing. It felt uncomfortable and doesn’t feel right, and I love that feeling. I am enjoying myself right now on a musical level more than I’ve ever enjoyed myself in my entire career. It’s incredible that I’m saying that; it’s a beautiful thing.”
This new band is treading water in the music industry the way it used to be done. They open for bigger bands and work in a grassroots sort of way, playing in small clubs with no label in place. “We’re bottom feeders. We got nothing” and Commerford says that he plans to work with “passionate people who go, ‘Fuck, I love this shit.'”

Check out the video: