JAMES BASICK - Top Albums of 2012 and more….
James is one of our PR team, making sure our bands get in front of the press, onto the radio and TV and are media ready. He can usually be found face down in a puddle of his own making at a festival, at the bar chatting to the press corps, running his own PR company - Hold Tight! PR, or on stage playing guitar in his band TesseracT (Century Media). Here are his top picks for 2012 and a little bit about his year.
James Basick - http://www.facebook.com/james.monteith79
Location - London, UK
Team Basick - Publicist, beard cultivator, vomit gymnast.
1. The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code
Producers have been splicing metal into electronica for years, but for me The Algorithm is the first to truely marry the styles into one cohesive sound. Bonkers, brutal and simply awesome.
2. The Elijah - I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created
The atmosphere and power this band create from very simple progressions is phenomenal, and the use of strings and synth layers really make it stand out as the best post rock release in a long time.
3. Knuckledust - Bluffs Lies & Alibis
UK Hardcore at its absolute best. Full of aggression, attitude and bad ass riffing… and one thing missing from a lot of modern hardcore… huge grooves.
4. Sylosis - Monolith
Killer blasts, riffs and some of the best metal guitar playing you can hear. Heavy fucking metal.
5. Meshuggah - Koloss
A stunning debut from this female fronted bunch of young pop punk upstarts… sound about right?
6. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
This band are truly at the top of their game, and have really found a sound that’s true to them on this record. Stunning arrangements, guitar work, and there’s even a spoken word passage performed by Amos of TesseracT.
7. Devil Sold His Soul - Empire of Light
Sounds like a Devil record, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact it’s a very good thing as I’m a DSHS fan, and they delivered exactly what I wanted and expected, Ronseal style.
8. Glass Cloud - The Royal Thousand
Josh Travis is one my my fave modern metal guitarists, one of the few people out there who has a really distinctive rhythm playing style and is hugely inventive. Mix that with accessible arrangements and massive vocals, and you get this stunning release.
9. Anathema - Weather Systems
This band always send chills up my spine and this record is no exception. Simply beautiful.
10. Veil Of Maya - Eclipse
Top rate tech metal with killer songs. They have really found the balance of technical excellence and memorable songwriting on this release, and after a few listens you’re guaranteed to have a whole bunch of hooks engrained on your subconscious.
What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012?
Sitting next to Steve Hackett at the Prog Music awards and discussing music with some of the finest rock musicians in the world
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving house. at some point I really didn’t think I’d make it through that period alive
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Played more guitar
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Saying stupid drunk stuff to music industry people, that could potentially ruin my career.
Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012?
Barley’s porn star tash.
Best film of 2012?
Skyfall. That’s not because it’s great, in fact it was pretty damn average, but as far as I know, it’s the only new film I watched this year.
TV show you watched the most in 2012?
What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?
Knuckledust. UK hardcore done proper like innit.
Best gig or festival of 2012?
Download - I don’t really remember it, but I had a great time.
Biggest WTF moment of 2012?
How will you be spending Christmas?
Eating, drinking and keeping well away from emails!
Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2012, what’s your advice for them?
Be original. Basick is about forward thinking / new music, and that’s what we’re looking for.