Porno for Pyros – Martyn Lenoble

For the sake of completeness I thought I would tag this on to yesterdays offering.

Porno for Pyros were the band Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins formed after Jane’s Addiction broke up in the early 90’s.  This post would probably make more sense in the context – if you didn’t already I encourage you to back and check that posting out first.

I first saw this next song live on “Later with Jools Holland”.  For those of you unfamiliar it’s probably the best music show on television… 11pm on a Friday night on BBC2 (perfect after-pub watching) with a hugely diverse and divergent range of guests.  Radiohead premiered Paranoid Android on there but that’s a different story for another time.

Packin .25

Martyn Lenoble was the founding bassist of the group, his lines are definitely worth checking out – a sophisticated concept that pairs beautifully with Perkins’ tribal style and the spacious, textural guitar from Peter DiStefano.  This particular track features a full-bodied tone, some fierce funk, some nice textures and touches in unusual places – and a nasty heavy post-chorus section that SLAYS!!!

I couldn’t find that particular song on that particular show but I did come across this nugget.

Orgasm

It actually reminds me a lot of a group I was with in Boston and NYC called Copal – you can link to their bandcamp to listen.  We had tribal beats, belly dancers, hypnotic bass and ambient pads –  P4P were there a decade earlier.

Janes Addiction started the Lollapolooza festival – and those of you that read yestersdays JA post and saw the live video at the end – you can almost see how pivotal a character Perry Farrell really is in the wider context now – looking at Burning Man as well what’s happening in the underground scene in the NE.  Interesting hindsight….

One more before I call it a night.  This next track, Pets, has one of the only effective uses of a delay on a bass-line – for that alone Mr Lenoble should go down in the annuls of bass history.  1/4 note delay + simple line = great vibe.

Pets

(The only thing that bothers me a little is how ridiculously good looking the band members all are.)

Thanks for reading, comments welcome.

Til next time.

CB

2 responses to “Porno for Pyros – Martyn Lenoble

  1. Hey good comments man, do you know where can i get packin 25 Bass line or tabs..

    • I tend to transcribe by ear, when I was learning there were no internet tabs! Just listen and play along until you pick it out by ear. You’ll get better the more you try it, plus all your mistakes can lead to discovering cool ideas of your own.

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