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Low End Theories: Palehorse's Favourite Bass Albums
Kiran Acharya , April 21st, 2015 13:11

Before their appearance at Desertfest at the Camden Underworld this weekend, uber-heavy bass guitar maestros James Bryant and John Atkins of Palehorse salute their favourite bass albums with Kiran Acharya (and even include one that has no bass guitar at all)


Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
JB: I was working in a record shop when I first heard this, in Sutton. But the cover artwork reminded me a little of a Rothko picture, and they had that Joy Division vibe that I really dig. What stood out was Carlos Dengler - his bass is really fluid. The other sounds are comparatively harsh - the guitars are very jarring, very reverby - but Dengler's bass is really sinewy. There's so much groove in it. I got to see him once and he was fantastic to watch, too. Really jerky. He didn't move his legs, which John and I like.

JA: When you're playing you don't move your legs, in order to look less of a tit. Well… you can move your legs but you're not allowed to move your feet. The feet stay but your legs can go. Your knees can go. Your upper body can do whatever the fuck it wants.

JB: Dengler had the moves, which was a cool visual thing to see. Interpol really lost something when he left. His bass on 'Obstacle 2' creates such a groove. The bass on that is huge.