Im just getting to know The Basement and am absorbing the EP I received of their work this week. A quick background check reveals that this album has been a long time in the making, with constant delays and setbacks, but is finally ready for our ears in its official form.
The four piece from Ireland began to see some interest back in 2003 with their live set and a single they released. It seemed they then dropped out of sight for quite some time only to reappear with this album years later.
The bands name is a Subterranean Homesick Blues Dylan reference of course, and you can also note they probably have a solid Beatles record collection as well. The sound is best described as a bluesy, ragtime vibe with a stiff shot of Irish Whiskey. Its not hard to picture having a few drinks and a sing a long around an old dusty piano to this EP.
The upcoming album was produced by Mike Crossey, who claims some responsibility for the Arctic Monkeys rise to fame. The EP is currently available as a digital only release here in the states and the full length, “Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs” is due out later in the Spring.