Album Review: Basement

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 9:18 PM
Album Review: Basement by Kimberly Firestine

Fresh off the release of their second studio album "Colourmeinkindness," English rock band Basement announced they 'd be taking an indefinite hiatus in an official statement on the band's social media accounts on July 19, 2012.

“Due to a number of personal commitments, this record and these shows will be the last thing we do as a band for a very long time, ” said the band's Facebook post. “Basement has never been about achieving anything; it was simply an enjoyable outlet for creativity and motion."

Basement then headed out on their This Is Goodbye tour in the US and the promise of a return was not guaranteed.

Much to the delight of their ready-and-waiting fan base, Basement's hiatus ended July 28, 2014 with the release of their three song EP "Further Sky" and released their third full-length album "Promise Everything," one of the most anticipated alternative albums of this year, on Jan. 29.

"Promise Everything" is the kind of album the die-hards yearned for. It takes the line between grunge and melody-driven alternative rock and plays jump-rope with it. It's remnant of early 2000s emo, but different enough to be a comfortable fit in today's rock music scene and not throw you into a nostalgia spiral. It's a blend of broody and sensitive that feels like home to fans who have grown to love Basement.

Opening track “Brother's Keeper ” is one of this release's best songs. The perfect mix of quick and slow tempos serves as an excellent ice breaker for the album. Other standout tracks include the lead single — which Basement released a music video for on Jan.14 — “ Aquasun, ” “Submission ” and “Oversized. ”

While it's not exactly an Album of the Year contender, it brings back the grunge/alternative rock that we've been missing in recent years. "Promise Everything" was released on Run For Cover Records. Basement will head out on a European tour stretching through February and March with support from Tigers Jaw and Alex G. They will tour the US this April with support from Turnstile, Defeater and Colleen Green.

Kimberly Firestine is the Senior Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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