It’s always bad news when a really good band decides that they’re going to call it a day. Basement announced that after releasing their second full-length record, ‘Colourmeinkindness’, they will be taking an ‘indefinite hiatus’; generally a musician’s way of saying “we aren’t doing anything for a long time, but don’t write us off completely”. So, if you look at if from a pessimistic point of view, ‘Colourmeinkindness’ is the far too premature swan song of Basement, but my lord, if so, what a way to go.
From the very first notes of opening track ‘Whole’, it’s obvious that Basement went back to the drawing board after ‘I Wish I Could Stay Here’ and deconstructed the elements that made that album so popular, then added some serious oomph. Immediately, the guitars have more depth to them, the bass drives at you and the drums just sound as tight as you could wish.
The sound is pure 90s, think a grunge-revival/emo vibe crossed with Basement‘s trademark melodies and hooks and you’re somewhere near where ‘Colourmeinkindness’ lies musically. The finale of ‘Whole’ is brilliant; there are no other words to describe it. When the drums come thundering back in at the 2:33 mark and the guitars slur together one question immediately materialises; why are they going to stop after this record?
Vocalist Andrew Fisher puts in his best performance to date that’s consistent throughout the whole 10 tracks on display. At times, his voice is charming and warming, but it also really highlights the longing and questioning of his lyrics. “I have never been in love / I pretend to care / Convince myself that it’s enough / I was never there” is just one line that, although delivered in an understated fashion, will get under your skin and remain for days.
The finest moment on the album comes in the form of the final two tracks, ‘Comfort’ and ‘Wish’, which act almost as two parts to the same song. ‘Comfort’ is very slow and melodic, almost apologetic in places, but it leads charmingly into a soaring intro with ‘Wish’, which rounds this album off in style. If the Foo Fighters grew up on the South Coast of England, ‘Wish’ is the sort of song that they would be playing to the masses, which shows just how big a song Basement have written to close this album off.
‘Colourmeinkindness’ will undoubtedly end up in the Top Albums of 2012 lists for many people and no band deserves the accolades they will recieve more than Basement. They have written an album that belies their young age, every song here drips with maturity and true integrity that some bands will never achieve. Here’s hoping that this truly won’t be the last thing that the world hears from Basement, but if it is, they have left on the highest of highs. A truly remarkable album.
Written by Josh Peett