For years, the most brilliant scientific minds have struggled to answer the age-old question: which band member is the most important?
Turns out… it’s the bassist… but don’t tell them that.
“Suck it, literally everyone!”
According to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (wow, working title much?) or PNAS (hehe) for short, the bassist is the backbone of any band. Why? Because without bassists, there’d be no backing vocals!
Just kidding. It’s actually because…
“When two streams of tones are presented simultaneously, the brain better detects timing deviations in the lower-pitched than in the higher-pitched stream,” says the study. Lower frequencies indicate “better timing encoding for lower-pitched compared with higher-pitch tones at the level of auditory cortex.”
Again, don’t tell them how important they are. They don’t need the encouragement.