Basement - 'Disconnect'

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Basement announce new album ‘Beside Myself’ and release ‘Disconnect’ to give a flavour of what’s to come.

Ipswich quintet Basement have announced their new album ‘Beside Myself’, set to be released on October 12th via Fueled By Ramen. Their previous three albums have seen the band develop an exultant rock sound, which is pushed even further in their newest single ‘Disconnect’. As vocalist Andrew Fisher explains, “While recording [the song] we all sort of came to the conclusion that we wanted it to be the first song people heard without really even talking about it. I think that’s because it doesn’t try and be anything other than a straight forward rock song. I think it’s a great first example to show people who don’t know who we are, what this band is all about.” 

This sentiment can definitely be felt as soon as the opening notes of ‘Disconnect’ enter through the speakers. Distant guitars begin the track, before drums join in and brings all the instruments to the forefront. There’s nothing crazy complex about the instrumental introduction, but it’s able to dazzle in it’s simplicity. There’s no trying to do something complex, and the band doesn’t try to do anything aside from writing a good rock tune, which in turn forms part of the charm of the single. You can simply close your eyes and rock out, letting the impassioned vocals and heartfelt riffs envelope you. The vocal harmonies are dreamy and meld together without an ounce of effort, whilst cymbals crash around you, like colourful sonic splashes. A simple bass and drum accompaniment in the verses allow the questioning and uncertainty in the vocals to shine through,  whilst maintaining their presence and being catchy in their own rights.

Turning to the lyrics, there’s an introspective quality to them, which fans of Basement will be familiar with. And despite the feeling of disconnect being sung about, there’s definitely a connectedness between the music and the lyrics as they work together to deliver a rock sound that would not sound out of place in stadiums. 

Words by Athena Kam

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