Basement will be touring Australia in May to promote their recently released their full-length ‘Promise Everything‘ via Run For Cover / Cooking Vinyl Australia.
The record breaks progressive new ground for the band 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.
After abruptly announcing an indefinite hiatus only weeks after the release of their 2012 breakthrough LP ‘Colourmeinkindness‘, Basement went on to gain an intensely devoted posthumous following. The record went on to sell over 25,000 copies worldwide in the absence of live dates or press coverage. In 2014, the band reconnected and found time amongst other obligations to write and record the EP ‘Further Sky‘. Immediately inspired by the creative chemistry they felt from these sessions, they were ready to work on something more significant. More permanent.
In The Hotseat this week we caught up with guitarist Alex Henery. Check out his answers below. Tour dates can also be found below the interview if you need reminding of the details. They’ll be joined by Virginia’s Turnover and locals Break Even.
Band : Basement
Job In Band : Guitarist
Website Address : www.promiseeverything.com
Hometown is best known for : Unfortunately probably the serial killer guy back in 2006.
Best venue in your hometown : There isn’t one. Used to be the Steamboat Tavern.
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : Jason Gigolo and The Stepasides at The Drum and Monkey.
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : 2009 at the local gay pub(now a Mosque) The Rose & Crown.
How long has the band been going? 5/6 years.
Is there an interesting story behind the name? I lived in my parent’s basement.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… It’s called Promise Everything, it’s chill.
Got a personal stand out achievement of your band to date? Going to Japan.
Any band, album, or song that you personally credit as a major influence? Jets To Brazil
Your first band name, and what style did you play? Jonny G and The UpBeat 3. Punk Covers
Most prized music related item you own? My Gisbon Les Paul
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? Making music videos and playing squash.
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… Paintballing
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… Trying to get breakfast
Any item you seem to always forget to take on tour? My knife.
Got a favourite place you’ve toured… and why? Japan. It’s cool.
Got a favourite venue you’ve played… and why? East Side Joes in Nevada. there is a lot of space for activities.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? A girl fell off stage onto a barrier.
Any pre-show rituals? Stretch my legs.
What do you find is the hardest aspect of touring in a band today? Finding a place to get food.
Last album you picked up? I like to stream Mp3’s
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Pinegrove
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? Touring
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? One Direction. why not?
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? Elliot Smith/Fugazi
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? Portman Road (Ipswich Football Club)
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? Red Hot Chili Peppers
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band. Alex G and Tigers Jaw.
1. Brothers Keeper
2. Hanging Around
3. Lose Your Grip
7. Blinded Bye
8. For You The Moon
9. Promise Everything
With guests TURNOVER and BREAK EVEN
23rd – The Triffid, Brisbane [18+]
24th – The Lab, Brisbane [AA]
26th – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle [Lic/AA]
27th – Factory Theatre, Marrickville [Lic/AA]
28th – Arrow On Swanston, Carlton [AA]
29th – Corner Hotel, Richmond [18+]
30th – Fowlers Live, Adelaide [Lic/AA]
31st – Amplifier, Perth [18+]
—> Tickets available now.
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