The first time we heard U.K. five piece Basement, we were pretty impressed by their emo influenced sound. Over the years, they’ve grown their sound, though on their latest, they take all of that growth and come full swing. Be Here Now has so much solid production and strong songwriter skills, that it’s hard to believe that it’s the same band we heard so many years ago.
Opening with the energy fueled notes of “Disconnect” it should be obvious in how much the band has grown. The chord progressions alone have more weight, and the song hits like you’d want. This gets followed with the snappy sounds of “Be Here Now,” where the band’s signature sound has a more pronounced direction, and these little drum fills that make the track pop with electricity. They keep trickling up the energy on “Nothing Left,” though there’s more magic in the guitar driven notes of “Keepsake.” This is Basement 2.0 in many ways as the band sounds refreshed and complacent in who they are at this stage of their career.
There’s so much growth in how these songs are displayed, best proven on “Stigmata” where there’s a defined verse chorus verse that works so well. While there’s plenty of growing here, that doesn’t mean that old remnants of the band’s earlier records aren’t present. The slow growls of “New Coast,” the intense squeals of “Slip Away,” and the riff heavy notes of “Reason For Breathing” all pull from what the band did on their earlier releases. That’s not to say that they’re relying on old tricks, just that they’ve grown but not walked too far from their past in the process.
You can stream Be Here Now on all platforms, you can purchase it digitally from all digital storefronts, or directly from Fueled By Ramen in varying bundles and packages. Basement will be on tour tonight in San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop until January 30 at Melkweg in Amsterdam. A complete list of their tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Mitchell Wojcik.