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Low-fi songs for the Low-fi band


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My first band (been together 6 days today, :D ) is having some serious problems already.

 

Our drummer, great guy, has only been playing drums for... 2 months :eek: God knows I love the guy, but he can't play complex chops at all, which is perfectly fine. But, we're having some problems finding material where we can all grasp onto the whole in-the-groove thing.

 

So, we're looking for some low-fi songs (mainly chords, roots, and simple beats) without too much confusing crap so we can try to get used to playing along with other musicians and become better as one big instrument, the band.

 

Any suggestions? None of us are too stubborn about music, but our band seems to be shaping into more of a alt/pop/rock type band. Currently, we're working on Californiacation by RHCP and there's word of The Sweater Song or Island In The Sun, both by Weezer, getting into the mix. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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just try songs that are Blink 182 -ish. That simple progression. You all know what it is. Stuff along those lines.

 

Also try maknig up something along those lines too.

 

most importantly:

HAVE FUN!!!

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Only problem with Blink 182, is that their drummer is a beast! But Blink 182ish... any specific bands? I'm thinking Weezer's wall of sound would be quite easy to recreate, which is of course why we're doing some of their stuff!
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We're in much the same kind of situation in my band, since we're between drummers. I'd recommend Dispatch, Coldplay (although their alternate tunings are a bitch), The Talking Heads, and a few blues songs. Hendrix songs sometimes have a great tune with not too much complex drum work. Green Day is good for loud and energy, but their drummer is an absolute monster, so pick your battles. Hitching a Ride and When I Come Around are good. Basket Case takes a lot more in the way of chops.
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Yeah, you could check out the first Talking Heads album (called "'77"); it's from their early, punk years, and is very minimalist but catchy. How cool would it be to break out with "Psycho Killer"! And "Don't Worry About the Government" is just a magical tune. Their strength was that, although they weren't overly developed as musicians (Tina Weymouth started playing bass the day she joined the band! but was evidently a quick study!), they had a good sense of what sounded good & had a good groove, & they could write material that they could play well & would be cool. Their second album ("More Songs About Buildings & Food") is also good, & similar in approach, but with more funk in it; if you're guitarist can be funky, "Thank You For Sending Me an Angel" and "Found a Job" would be just too cool. And you'd be not just another band that sounds like every other band.

 

And as others have said, good on ya for thinking first about playing to the strengths of this group of players!

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You can't go wrong with the Ramones. Pop melody and hooks. Rockin instrumentation that's VERY easy to play. Hell, even I can play drums on Ramones songs. A wide variety of mellow and punk tunes allows for lotsa choices. Bass-wise though, you may be a wee bit bored.

 

My $0.02. Good luck!!!

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I'd throw in Hash Pipe - only one semi-syncopated hit, and he could play it straight (without that hi-hat move) and be fine. In The Garage is pretty straight as well.

 

Many classic rock songs end up being straight forward, or they have breaks (you can cue him). Mustang Sally? Midnight Hour?

 

Keep with it. Nice that you are seeking songs that take the pressure off.

 

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On the bright side, you get the guy before he developes a lot of bad habits. One of the guys I play with has been a drummer (on and off) for over 15 years. He plays fills at the most ridiculous places and totall robs songs of their groove. Singers hate him because he has no sense of dynamics and often crowds the vocal (except when he sings, interestingly enugh).

 

Tom has an excellent Idea. Maybe you could take some old school soul and funk and kind of punk it out. The beats are pretty straight forward and the bass lines are always tasty and interesting. I imagine a punked out version of the Gap Bands 'Party Train'. Or, James Brown's 'Get UP Off That Thang'. You could block out a nice little niche for yourself, the stuff is easy to dance (groove) to, and ya'll would be the only ones doing it.

 

Delicious! :idea:

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I'm sure you've never heard of them but there's a band I like called American Analog Set. You might want to check them out if you're looking for something off the beaten path.

 

They're a mostly-acoustic 5-piece from Texas. They get great reviews from critics but they're definitely "under the radar" as far as radio play goes. It's pop, but it's unique.

 

The drum parts are simple 4/4, but with interesting variations. Rhythmically, the bass is not terribly exciting, although there are some cool inversions in their stuff (bass doesn't always play the root). The guitar work is fun. Vocals are very low key. They have a keyboard player, but many of the songs could do without it, especially if the audience is not familiar with the work.

 

Check 'em out.

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Well thanks for the praise! Even if I doubt I'm deserving of it. I'm simply adjusting to what's given to me. We've decided basically for sure on The Sweater song and Blitzkrieg Bop or I Wanna Be Sedated makes me giddy all over. Also, I'm thinking of The Strokes' Last Night. I guess I'll have to play this one by ear a bit, although your suggestions were very helpful! Thanks a bunch!
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