Basement
Songs About The Weather


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
May 16th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the band of that guy who sings on “Love Let Me Go”. Oh yeah, and they’re actually really good.

Do you remember hearing More Than Life’s Love Let Me Go for the first time, and being blown away by the epic guest vocals on the title track? Well, they were done by Andrew Fisher, the lead vocalist of a pop-punk/emo/hardcore/whatever band from the UK, called Basement. The band has been playing together for just over a year, and they have already made a name for themselves, often being compared to their friends in Title Fight. However, Basement tends to have a darker sound, steering clear of the trite sing-along aspect of pop-punk. That being said, they still manage to pack catchiness and energy into their music, while avoiding the gimmicks that often plague the genre.

Songs About the Weather starts with an emo-influenced intro, then bursts into what appears to be one of the slower tracks, Skip Town. The vocals come in after a brief into, and Fisher belts out, “This town is so cold; even summer is not enough to make me feel like home”. Typicality aside, the vocals are gripping and unrefined, and may take some getting used to, but the consistent emotion is what makes this EP so special. After a tempo increase, Basement exhibits their pop-punk side, and then closes the first track with the repeated line, “I’ll live but I won’t die here.” Are they reinventing the wheel? Not exactly, but for every dull moment that is on this EP, (there aren’t many), there are several impressive ones to make up for it.

DUI, the third real track on the album, opens with a very catchy and tasteful guitar lead, and also continues on to feature clean vocals that alternate with Fisher’s screams - much like that of the Jamie/Ned vocal combo in Title Fight. The next track, Meet Me in St. Louis, is the highlight of the EP that begins like any upbeat pop-punk song would, but then slows to a tremendous buildup about halfway through. The band slowly chugs for twenty seconds, then unleashes tension after a brief pause, as Fisher yells "Don’t say goodnight!" which is followed by a melodic guitar solo as the song comes to a close.

Songs About the Weather ends on White Elephant, another infectiously catchy track that sums up the 12 minute long EP very well. It is relatively hard to come across a band as young Basement that has such obvious passion in their music. The hopeful, yet despairing mood set by the EP as a whole, is an accomplishment in itself. If they can manage to stray from the EP’s more typical moments on their next release, Basement will be well on their way to the top of the scene.



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pmmets07
May 16th 2011


5899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah guys, check this out. Especially if you like Title Fight. lawl

iFghtffyrdmns
May 16th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha nice review, especially the summary.
might check this out, sounds pretty pretty gooood

pmmets07
May 16th 2011


5899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dood. Yeah it's a grower, first listen I thought it was meh, a few more and it really clicked.

craigy2
May 17th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this is awesome. Go see these guys live if you get the chance! They always put on a good show

F0RBES
May 18th 2011


270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy these guys.

DougTheRanter
May 18th 2011


199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I honestly love this album it's good to see that someone reviewed it.

xstaytrue18x
May 26th 2011


580 Comments


i fucking love this band. they are releasing their debut record i wish i could stay here on the 8th of july and im thinking of travelling through for it.

accompliceofmydeath
June 7th 2011


4251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only got the demo for this band, but I think I'll check this out. I like what I hear.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

craigy2
June 7th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is better than the demo

accompliceofmydeath
June 7th 2011


4251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, looking forward to it.

xstaytrue18x
June 27th 2011


580 Comments


anyone heard some of their new stuff? i love it, it reminds me of sunny day real estate.

MalleusMaleficarum
June 28th 2011


14350 Comments


so wait.

this sounds like title fight and has the vocalist from more than life?

xstaytrue18x
June 30th 2011


580 Comments


nah, the vocalist from basement just done a part on the song ''love let me go'' these guys just got confirmed for US tour with Such Gold so definitely go to one of the dates if you can.

accompliceofmydeath
June 30th 2011


4251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Saw that tour. Mostly East Coast though

xstaytrue18x
July 5th 2011


580 Comments


anyone heard the new record yet? it just came out today and it's on mediafire if you look hard enough. they've completely went away from the pop-punk side of things, they sound like a 90's emo band which is aweosme in my book exactly what i wanted to hear!

pmmets07
July 5th 2011


5899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so basically they pulled a title fight? i'm waiting for Run For Cover to send me my preorder link.

Romulus
July 5th 2011


8441 Comments


been meaning to check this out

pmmets07
July 5th 2011


5899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to the new album now. Couldn't wait.

edit: it's like Shed V2

pmmets07
July 5th 2011


5899 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also, i'm seeing these guys with Daylight in August

xstaytrue18x
July 5th 2011


580 Comments


is that with such gold? because they said they were touring the US with them. im seeing basement with title fight in a weeks time.



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