The Main Stage Saturday
Basement, who formed in England in 2010, make melodic grunge influenced rock songs that brings to mind a kind of ’90s D.I.Y. sound. The band features lead vocalist Andrew Fisher, guitarist Alex Henery, guitarist Ronan Crix, bassist Duncan Stewart, and drummer James Fisher (brother of singer Andrew Fisher). Since abruptly announcing an indefinite hiatus only weeks after the release of 2012’s breakthrough LP “Colourmeinkindness”, the band has gained an devoted following. The record has since gone on to sell over 25,000 copies worldwide. In 2014, the band found time amongst other obligations to write and record the EP “Further Sky”. Immediately inspired by the creative chemistry they felt, Basement were ready to work on something more significant. “Promise Everything” is the bands return full-length recording since the hiatus. Sonically, the record breaks progressive new ground for Basement despite the creative process sharing much in common with previous endeavors. Challenged by the spacing out of members not only across the country, but across the globe, “Promise Everything” was written by piecing together songs from different members, sent back and forth over a short period of time. Without the luxury of a shared space or even a convenient time zone, the songs were only ever played by the full band while in the studio. Perhaps this is why on listening, Promise Everything feels like a conversation between different people, revealing different moods and feelings throughout. Basement originally released “Promise Everything” via Run For Cover Records, their long time record label from Boston, Massachusetts, but not long after the release the band was signed to Atlantic Records imprint Fueled By Ramen who re-released a deluxe version of “Promise Everything” in March 2017 that included 4 bonus tracks. Basement has shared glimpses of studio time in late 2017 via social media potentially foreshadowing a 2018 release of some kind yet nothing has been officially announced.