"Be available for rehearsals and shows. Know how to play bass. Be cool": want to play in a band with James Hetfield's son Castor, and join Metallica's extended family? Here's what you gotta do

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Bastardane, the LA-based sluge-metal trio who feature Metallica frontman James Hetfield's son Castor on drums, are holding open auditions for a new bass player.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, the trio released their debut album Is This Rage? on March 12, 2022 and have been touring sporadically throughout 2023. The band's line-up is completed by vocalist Jacobious Lovebone, and guitarist Ethan Sirotzki .

On their website the band lay out the criteria for the new member they are seeking.

This individual must:

Live in the Los Angeles, California area
Be available for rehearsal and shows
Know how to play bass
Be cool

Under the 'what we are looking for' section of the ad, the band add that the successful applicant must be able to:

Learn new ideas
Jam on odd meters/ metric modulation
Hold it down
Be an active member of the band

Interested parties must submit the following:

1. A video playing through the group's 2023 single Masquerade
A video playing through any song of your choice
3. Info about you and your history of playing

All submissions should be sent to auditions@bastardane.com by March 4.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.