Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. In this instalment, we caught up with the unflappable Laura Lee, bassist for instrumental funk powerhouse Khruangbin, who just released a collaborative EP with Leon Bridges Texas Sun and are coming to Australia to support Tame Impala this April.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My SX Jazz Bass. I’ve been playing this bass, almost exclusively, since I picked up bass in 2009. And I haven’t changed the strings once. *knocks on wood*
How did you come across this particular item?
Mark actually bought it for me as a college graduation present. It’s a knock-off, inexpensive, jazz style bass. It looks awesome with the ash tray and plays like home. With Mark’s luthier skills in my back pocket, he replaced the pick ups, put flat wounds on it, and gave it a killer set up. They no longer make this exact model anymore. So at this point, it’s rare.
What is it that you like about it so much?
I like its humility. It’s been with me since I could barely play bass, had a few pennies to my name, and playing on stage was not even a pipe dream. It’s my favorite sounding bass. I’ve picked up really beautiful instruments in my travels, and nothing plays like this one. It’s been through me learning how to hit a string, writing my first song, and has traveled with me to 5 continents—multiple times over.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I’ve written almost every Khruangbin song on it. With the strings having been worn in through 10 years of me playing, nothing gives me more comfort or confidence than my bass. I play as much for the instrument as I do myself. It’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
We’ve got a collaborative EP with Leon Bridges out today, a tour with Tame Impala in Australia and New Zealand in April, and then we’ll be putting out the next Khruangbin full length LP following by a big ol’ round of touring. We thank our lucky stars every single day.
(Photo credit: Pooneh Ghana)