Basement - Songs About the Weather 7"
Record Label: City of Gold Records
Release Date: 2010
No, not the part in your house where you do laundry. Basement hails from Ipswich/Nottingham, United Kingdom. Having toured with the likes of Crime In Stereo, The Wonder Years, Title Fight, Polar Bear Club, and Shook Ones, Basement is ready to unleash their sound on US audiences with the release of their new 7", Songs About the Weather.
How Is It?
Imagine if Title Fight and Polar Bear Club had sex; Basement would be the love child. The guitar work at times is hectic, bringing a sense of urgency to songs such as "Skip Town" and "White Elephant." The drumming is spot on, meshing well with everything else that is going on in each song. The 7" opens with a soft guitar intro then explodes right in to "Skip Town," which sounds like it could be the cousin to Title Fight's "Introvert," only to shift gears in the middle of the track and sound like it came right off of Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers. Lyrically, the songs are all over the place. "1104 Porter St." shows the most positivity, with lines such as "Tonight / three thousand miles from home / I'm so glad I took a chance / Today I woke up to find my dreams were reality," while "DUI" and "Meet Me In St. Louis" are about heartache, with the latter saying "I made a promise to myself / but I'll break it if you ask me to."
A band like Basement deserve a listen. Coming from the UK to join the ranks of Title Fight, Polar Bear Club and Shook Ones is no easy task, but Basement have done it and they do it well. One can only hope that Basement is the first of a few bands like this to come out of the UK (Gallows doesn't count, they have a different sound!). For now, though, bask in the glory that is Songs About the Weather.