Studio Diary: Day 2 - Meet our new bass player!

Today we're back recording 5 more bed tracks! That is a whole lot of music to do in one day. It's going to be a marathon, but we're ready!

We thought today would be a good day to introduce you to our new bass player Mike Meusel. He's been playing with us for a few months now, and has been such a great fit for the band. He brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the music, and he even contributed a song to the new record! It's called "Over Me" and we can't wait for you all to hear it.

For these studio days, Mike brought 4 different electric basses to capture different textures for different songs.

For the gear heads, we thought we would ask Mike to talk about each bass and why he chose them. In his own words:

"I brought a Fender Precision 5 string, Fender Aerodyne, Squire Precision and a Tokai Hard Puncher, which is basically a copy of a Fender in the 70's.  

I needed a more aggressive sounding 5-string than my regular 5, so I brought that Fender Precision 5.  Some songs just need a low B string, ya know? The Fender Aerodyne has a super aggressive tone, and worked really well on tunes like "Mister Mister" and "Little Late".  My old Squire Precision has seen a lot of studio time, and was actually the first bass I ever purchased, and sold, and bought back.  It has a good old school tone, super dead strings and is a great reggae bass when eq'd with lots of low end.   The last is the Tokai Hard Puncher, which I only used on one track.  It has a decent slap tone, which I needed for the track." 

 

Mike having fun times
Mike chillin'