Jenny Lee Lindberg offers the hypnotic, enveloping grooves that gasoline Warpaint’s distinctive model of psychedelic pop, however she’s additionally launched loads of materials underneath her personal title.
As Jennylee, she launched a string of indie-style seven-inch singles in late 2021, whereas Warpaint is about to launch its fourth album. shine like this in Could. As Lindberg acknowledges, this can be a busy time. However there’s all the time time to speak about bass…
What’s your present setup?
“I primarily play a Rickenbacker, however I even have a 1978 Fender P-Bass that I play with generally, and I imagine I even have a Kay bass from the late 50s or early 60s. I’ve bought stuff over time. I had a Fender Mustang, a classic reissue – it was superb. I liked the little doll, and the tone was actually sensible. It was very easy to do chords and fingering, and it simply had a pleasant, easy tone.
Is the Rickenbacker your favourite bass guitar?
“I additionally like my P-Bass – it’s flat so it doesn’t actually sound good whenever you’re doing chords as a result of it’s only a bit too muddy. However the Rick has confirmed itself. I write traces on different basses, then play them on the Rick, and I’m like, “Oh, that sounds so a lot better.” I believe it’s as a result of I toured with it for therefore lengthy. I simply performed shit.
How did you come to bass?
“Once I was a child, I knew I wished to begin taking part in a musical instrument. I performed the piano once I was younger. I actually didn’t observe sufficient, however I actually tried. , as a result of I actually wished to study to play a musical instrument.
“I moved to LA once I was 18 or 19, and drumming appeared unrealistic the place I lived, and I didn’t wish to play guitar, so I assumed, ‘I’m going to begin taking part in guitar. bass’. I went to Reno a couple of months after shifting to Los Angeles, and I advised a good friend that I wished to begin taking part in bass. He was like, ‘Oh, I’ve a bass and an amp for you’ and he simply gave them to me.
He’s a fairly cool good friend.
“He actually was – so now there have been no obstacles in my method, and I began messing round on the bass. I had no concept what I used to be doing, so I requested bassists I knew, who have been actually good, to offer me classes I believe I had perhaps 4 or 5 classes, and any person gave me a scale sheet, so I began working towards.
“I truly obtained actually obsessive about it – working towards scales, writing my very own bass traces, taking part in drum machines: simply taking part in for hours daily. I actually wished to be good. I had an actual want to do it. It was like the very first thing that had held my consideration for therefore lengthy.
Who have been the bassists you admired on the time?
“Once I began taking part in bass, I began to essentially take note of bass gamers. Earlier than that, I appreciated to bounce to a groove, however I wouldn’t essentially isolate bass alone. After I began taking part in , I actually liked Jah Wobble’s fashion in PiL, that’s how I first heard about him, I additionally liked Bernard Edwards.
“I’d say they’re my two favourite bassists, though there are clearly many others. I believe Flea’s sport is superb. I believe Thundercat’s sport is superb. There are such a lot of bass gamers that I’m like, “Rattling, they’re actually nice.” However these two are so completely different. I really feel like someplace in the course of them is the place I land – not with the expertise, simply with the fashion.
What is an efficient bass sport, in your opinion?
“I believe it’s vital to contemplate the melodies. Lots of people overlook this when taking part in bass. Not all the time, in fact. I all the time say that I really feel just like the bass is a very easy instrument to study, however it’s a extremely arduous instrument to grasp – to essentially stand out and be superior. A number of occasions it simply goes underneath the radar, doing the foundation notes and being the backing, which is cool too, as a result of the songs generally want that.
“I really feel like you are able to do each. In the event you’re actually good, you’ll be able to all the time make a bass line actually fascinating and make it stand out, even when it’s easy. That doesn’t imply you must turn into flashy. It’s only a matter of selection of notes, which is why I come again to the melody being actually vital. I additionally like a repetitive groove, although. That’s what I appreciated about Jah Wobble. With the ability to discover a good line that you could repeat again and again, and that doesn’t get previous, is vital.