Groove – Episode #48: Tim Starace

Tim Starace

Photo by Derrick Lee

It used to be that cover bands were just that: a pale comparison to the original thing. Bands we’d see playing the local club scene, as a way to make some coin and to get by as musicians.

We’ve come a long way.

Some cover bands are so good, that they can fill an arena. Other bands get so inspired by covering their favorite artists, that they wind up creating their own unique music that hints and nods back to their inspirations. It’s hard to argue that Tim Starace from YYNOT is just another Geddy Lee clone playing Rush’s fabled music. Both statements would be incorrect. Anybody who can even play close to the brilliance that is Geddy on bass is worthy of attention, and Tim brings a whole next level of creativity, sound, and energy to the bass.

His band may best be known for their viral video renditions of Rush classics, but YYNOT has been blasting out a steady slew of killer original music as well. This virtual band (the members all live in different parts of the United States) recently released their self-titled full-length debut. Nine pounding progressive rock tunes with Starace’s astounding bass skills.

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  1. Al

    Tim is a monster bass player! Love watching his videos.

  2. Greg Whaley

    My fav quote from this interview, “Billy is Dr. Frankenstein and I am his monster.” 2nd fav quote, “A wrong note or two never killed anyone.”

    These folks kill it and tone for days! Great interview Tim.