Most bands would close-up shop with a simple bow to their strong audience base or release a ‘Best Of’ collection to extort as much money as possible from their beloved fans. The UK based Basement’s latest album, Colourmeinkindness has proven to be the five piece group’s final effort to shine, showing many other bands how to break up with style.
‘Whole’ opens up the album with all-guns-blazing indie riffs with punk influences leaking out of it, peppered with anthemic calls and a passion that most bands have forgotten about. With this energy, the band storms through all ten tracks, from the bombastic ‘Spoiled’ that sounds like a decent Soundgarden song to the ambient ‘Breathe’, which is just one of those songs that make you relax. Even with stopping for a slow moment, Basement refuses to hide their liveliness in the darkly mellow ‘Control’ and ‘Black’ and presenting the final curtain call with ‘Wish’, an ambitious song full of alternative grooves and heart-warming vocals that bring the album to a close.
It’s sad to see a band like Basement go. They’re an extraordinary bunch of musicians. The album itself relays the message of how underground bands are so talented and yet escape most of the public view. So you may as well put them in the limelight and grab a copy of Colourmeinkindness, just to show how kickass the underground scene in the UK is. There will certainly be bands who will break through, but none can claim to be as special as these guys.
~ Connor Williams, Contributing Writer