UK alternative rock outfit Basement wrapped up their tour in Boston, MA on Sunday night at a sold out Royale Nightclub. The Ipswich five piece are coming off a spring headline tour in support of their third studio album “Promise Everything” which was released in January of this year. The album is the group’s first since reuniting in 2014 after a two year hiatus. Since their return, Basement has built an even stronger fan base in the USA bolstered by relentless touring that has seen them make their way through the US four times in the last two years.
On Sunday their latest tour wrapped up in the city where Basement’s label Run For Cover Records is based. Opening the show with “Whole” from their sophomore album “Colourmeinkindness” Basement’s arrival to the stage was met with a barrage of crowd surfers flying over the barricade, making venue security earn their night’s paycheck. Immediately after “Whole” came the song “Aquasun,” the lead single from their latest album. “Aquasun,” like a lot of Basement’s music has a distinct 90’s grunge sound to it, displaying their influence drawn from bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Much of Basement’s earlier material such as “Earl Grey” – which was played seventh in the set –has a more pop punk/emo sound to it, similar to that of former label mates The Wonder Years. Going back to the new album, the song “Oversized” showed their ability to slow things down a bit, while exposing another dimension to their music with a strong shoegaze feel to it. After a few more songs Basement closed their set with “Covet” a song with a swelling sound that picks us as the song goes, driven by the chorus “when I’m with you / I don’t want to be / with you” which the sold out crowd shouted at full throat while crowd surfing over the barricade one final time.
The lights, stage presence of Basement, crowd energy, and most importantly Basement’s sound, created an atmosphere that made the crowd feel like they were in a punk club in Seattle in 1996. There are a lot bands out there right now attempting to re-create and capture the raw energy of the early days of the grunge punk genre but there are few who manage to pull it off as well as Basement.