The plight of the bass player often goes unappreciated by other band members, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. After years of being told their voices don’t matter, their riffs are too funky, and their cathedral reverb pedals have no place in a god damn rock band, even the most battle-hardened bass players can break down.
When bass players go looking for answers to life’s most important questions — Are six strings really better than four? Is the world ready for a band comprised solely of bassists? — they often arrive at Low Riders, a weekly support group in which bass players are allowed a “safe bass space” in which to air their grievances.
The latest Ryan Long-directed documentary from The Hard Times and Consequence of Sound gives the outside world a look into one of these sessions, and it’s not always a pretty sight. In the end, though, friendships are made, egos are boosted, and everyone learns an important lesson: no one wants to see an all-bass band.