For Basement last year’s ‘I Wish I Could Stay Here’ was a teenage angst-filled record that opened many doors for the band and was welcomed with open arms by old and new fans. Now with the release of their second full length ‘Colourmeinkindness,’ the emo quintet are calling it quits but with this record it’s clear they won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Throughout ‘Colourmeinkindness’ Basement prove to be poignant, embracive and rich both musically and lyrically. From the opening moments of ‘Whole,’ the bands thriving energy is show in full-force as vocalist Andrew Fisher passionately declares “Lie to me, make me see.” Like its predecessor Basement show their ability to leave you hooked on to every last word; ‘Covet’ is a cathartic number that wallows on the line “I don’t wanna be with you/with you."
Musically the bands sound has developing becoming mature and well-structured yet with tracks like ‘Spoiled’ and ‘Black’ the bands angst still exists and has been combined with more grungier approach. Whereas ‘Pine’ shows Basement’s lighter, more structured side with rich jangling guitars complimenting Fisher’s honest and sincere lyrics creating one of many standout tracks.
‘Breathe’ offers a compelling moment as it slowly and subtly stirs up and resonates a warm glow that allows the band to grow. In addition ‘Comfort’ briefly and calmly dwells on light guitars with Fisher’s open words leaving you slightly stunned.
Admittedly on first listen, Basement’s obvious influences of mid-90’s emo and early grunge is a mainstay and makes the album as a whole feel rather nostalgic, yet the more you listen to ‘Colourmeinkindness’ you become enthralled by the bands mix of heavy riffs and light sentimental lyrics, leading it to be replayed over and over again without fault.
Although it’s not entirely the perfect departing present, it’s pretty damn close as Basement have produced a poignant record that will be thoroughly embraced by fans and will add emphasis to their "legacy” once they’ve gone, however big or small it maybe.
‘Colourmeinkindness’ by Basement is available now on Run For Cover Records.
Words by Sean Reid