As I recall, The dB’s were too good for their own good!
With top notch songwriters Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, and a rockin’/groovin’ rhythm section; drummer Will Rigby and bassist Gene Holder, this indie-pop quartet had the compositional and instrumental chops to go the distance ala REM. However the business of music is not known for its fairness, alas the dB’s never quite broke out of their hallowed cult status.
Holder is the consummate ensemble player, working the pocket and rendering melodic passages in the service of the almighty song. As pictured, his weapons of choice include the Fender Jazz bass.