Close, confined and sweaty: a perfect setting for Ipswich alt-rock 5 piece Basement to provide their comeback in Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms. Following their 2 year long hiatus and the release of their album Promise Everything, the band took to the road on a full 14 date tour, including a headline slot at 2000 Trees Festival.
A respectable crowd welcomed The Sun Days to open the night. Travelling from Sweden, the indie pop band provided simple yet effective guitar sounds and riffs to spark some swaying in the crowd. Vocalist Lea also showed her remarkable talents, holding notes seamlessly to the chorus of Don’t Need To Be Them. The band as a whole was also tight, holding to the beat and showing creative improvisation between songs. However, it was clear that the crowd was unfamiliar with the band, which seemed to drag down the general atmosphere of the room. Yet by the end of the set, it was clear the band had swayed some new fans. [7/10]
The grunge rock trio Dinosaur Pile-Up was up next and they didn’t hesitate on making their presence known. Guitarist Matt squeezes every ounce of tone out of his Gibson Explorer to open the set with Red and Purple. Pointing out band shirts in the crowd, it is clear the band had brought out a following of fans as Might As Wellgains a huge response with the crowd drowning out Matt on vocals. The gritty bass is ever dominant, heavily distorted and punching through the entire band’s sound to drive every song. Closing their powerful set with fan favourite 11:11, the crowd shows hesitant signs of opening up a small mosh pit which would of been the icing on the cake to an energy fuelled set. [8/10]
The opening riff to Whole welcomes Basement to the stage as hands rise up to sing the lyrics back to the band. Pink backlights silhouette them presenting a gloomy aesthetic for the entire set. Transitioning into a newer song off their recent album, it is clear that Aqua Sun is a new fan favourite as Andrew (vocalist) is totally drowned out by the crowd. For a few moments the room get to catch their breath as Earl Grey gets the crowd swaying side to side before a mosh pit erupts as the song fully kicks in. Fisher outlines his upset in the “large gap between [us] and the stage” and that usually it “wouldn’t be there”. This didn’t stop the crowd one bit as Cricket Throw Their Voice seemed to get everyone and everybody surfing over the barriers. The band maintained a nice contrast between the fast and chilled back songs as Oversized and Pine calm the crowd down before Covet draws the set to an end. Yet again, Fisher is totally overwhelmed by the crowds sound during the opening lines whilst the remainder of the crowd finds themselves surfing to the front. Basement are back, and stronger than ever; just as well with a line up of shows over the next few months, including a slot at Reading & Leeds. [9/10]