Interview: Richard Gully, Pylo

I would describe my bass style as sub par. No really, I would say laid-back and subtle. Growing up, my bass style was heavily influenced by punk rock and ska bands, which I still draw influence from today. Overall, though, my style has developed into a much more atmospheric sound. I recently traded my pick in for playing fingerstyle, because I feel I can create a deeper tone and have more control over the playing. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because I haven’t mastered four strings yet. Personally I haven’t found myself needing an extra string to create the bass-lines for the music we’ve written so far, but I’m not closed to the idea. I like slap, and I mess about with the style at home but not with the band, I find it a bit too harsh for the feel of the songs, but it’s good fun. The secret of playing bass well is knowing when to hold back, not overplaying, and creating space to complement the music around you. A killer hook of only a few notes can be way more effective than a crazy bass solo. My first bass was a Squier P-Bass, it was beaten up and covered in stickers from Metal Hammer. I miss it. My favourite bass ever to date is my Fender 1951 reissue, I’m still using this on stage and for recording. I’ve added a Seymour Duncan SCPB3 and both bridge and pickup covers. I love the deep tone and the fact that it’s stripped back to the bare basics gives it a unique vintage look.
Basses Fender Precision, Eastwood Classic
Effects None
Amps Orange AD200B, Orange cabs

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