Lisa Basick - Albums of 2012 and more….
Lisa is one of our PR team and also looks after marketing, she also is mum to the bands and helps to look after their every whim, she does office admin, sales admin, she looks after social media strategy and anything else the boss generally forgets to do! Mostly she eats chocolate, talks about cats and is obsessed with Between the Buried and Me. She runs her own PR company - Hold Tight! PR with James Monteith from TesseracT and her own website full of advice for bands. Here are her top picks for 2012 and a little bit about her year.
Lisa Basick - http://www.facebook.com/lisaukmu
Location - Scotland, UK
Team Basick - Publicist, BTBAM Stalker, Malcolm Tucker wannabe.
1. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Put it this way, Between the Buried and Me could have put out an album of just kitten sounds and it would still have been my No1. I love these guys, I love how they’ve progressed from each album, I love how well Paul and Dustie work together and I feel that as a band, they are finally hitting their stride with the most latest releases. Moving to Metal Blade seems to have propelled them even further and I’m excited to see where they go from here.
2. 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution
Had BTBAM not released this year, 7 Horns 7 Eyes would have been No1. I heard this album prior to release and knew straight away it would be high on my year end list, and it’s great to see so many of the press and record buying public also agreeing and adding it to their lists. The guitar playing alone on this record is enough to warrant it a top spot, but add to that the addition of my little grumbly dragon vocalist JJ and it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard in years, not just this year. As a debut it shone and where they go next is anyones guess. MOAR!
3. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
This pleases my inner growler. I loved this album from start to finish, 7 albums in and for me at least, they just keep getting better, stronger and more nasty. Technically brilliant, you know what you get with Dying Fetus, it’s loud, it’s growly, it’s going to smash your teeth in and there’s gonna be a bucket of top notch Death Metal riffs included.
4. Enslaved - RIITIIR
An absolute peach of an album, fusing progressive heaviness, black metal and clean vocals, all things guaranteed to hit my sweet spot. When I first heard this (recommended by Dom Lawson, thanks mate!) I just nodded and smiled for hours doing that YES…YES THIS IS IT…face. Makes me want to sit in a forest and talk to trees.
5. Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual
If there’s one thing I’ll remember from this year, it was listening to hours and hours of southern rock, blues and groove. From all of those hours, the finest album and the one I listened to the most was Big Moon Ritual by the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. It makes me want to sit naked in a vat of Jack Daniels and then wrestle some gators. Fantastic album.
6. Dysrhythmia - Test of Submission
This tickles my inner nerd spot. Avant garde, insanely technical, jazzy and mad as a box of frogs - it’s just everything I love in music. Experimental, exciting, discordant and superbly technical. They are supreme master musicians and I could listen to this album back to back all day and never get sick of it. Please check them out.
7. Latitudes - Individuation
I’ve loved Latitudes for many a year, and also because they’re on shelsmusic, you pretty much know that any release coming out of that label is always going to be a winner. What I love about Latitudes, for the same reason I love BTBAM, is their continual progression and experimentation in sound. Many bands sound the same from album one until they die, but for the few brave bands who continue to evolve, progress and change, it can be a rewarding experience. Individuation is an absolute corker of an album.
8. Astra - The Black Chord
An absolute noodling, rich, journey of an album, this is prog/rock at it’s finest, at least in my eyes. Technically brilliant progressive song structures are just dripping, NAY leaking out of this album like happy hookers on a busy day. There’s nothing more to say, put this on, feel all warm inside, prog on!
9. Counter World Experience - Music for Kings
Found these guys via Spotify a year or two ago, fell in love with their jazzy metal progressive sounds immediately and have been waiting for new material since then. This year they delivered in spectacular style. If you like a bit of technical, instrumental metal, infused with progressive style and jazz leanings, get in about these guys because they are phenomenal and criminally unknown.
10. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering
What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012?
Getting this little guy, he’s a white Persian and his name is Loki. He follows me every where and sleeps on top of me to keep me warm.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The launch of my website. I started up my own little corner of the web, I’ve never had one before. People always ask me for advice or interviews, so I thought, why not combine it all into one place. I’m kinda proud of it. (It’s all just cats, star trek and between the buried and me!)
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relaxing. Running your own business means that you have to be all things, to all people, all of the time. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow your business and it’s never, ever going to be a 9-5pm job, Monday to Friday. I enjoy it too much anyway, but a little more ‘off’ time would be great.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying, I worry about everything and everyone, all of the time.
Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012?
The HMV showcase in London was an important step for us as a label. We sold out the venue, we showcased some great talent and we were part of a great event, “The Next Big Thing” which was a great experience. Plus Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine got me absolutely hammered.
Best film of 2012?
Avengers Assemble. Loads of fun, the Hulk is hilarious in it and Thor is gorgeous. The worst film of this year was Sand Sharks. Don’t watch that film!
TV show you watched the most in 2012?
Deadliest Catch, I’m now obsessed with Alaska and crab boat fishing. I love it. I want to crew on the Northwestern!
What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?
The Derek Trucks Band - awesome southern groove. 2012 was the year I listened to a whole lot of southern rock.
Best gig or festival of 2012?
Was the most recent! About a week ago, a sweaty little cave in Edinburgh, about 40 folk packed into a vault under the streets of Edinburgh to see the return of old Candlelight signing, Korpse. The room was heaving with sweaty beards, the music was fantastic, both Korpse and Zillah played blinders. I much prefer smaller gigs to huge stadium gigs, the intimacy and rawness of a small, sweaty venue, where the singer is spitting in your face/hair cannot be rivalled.
Biggest WTF moment of 2012?
The mainstream media. They need euthanised and replaced, they are beyond a joke, ridiculously propaganda-ish and more concerned with pushing the cult of celebrity. Seriously, I don’t care who Katie Price is shagging this week, that’s not news. Real journalism is rare these days, it needs to make a comeback.
How will you be spending Christmas?
Locked in the house, phone and emails switched off, pyjamas on, cosy and cuddled in with my husband, eating good food, watching old black and white movies and not moving until it’s January.
Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2012, what’s your advice for them?
Be better than everyone else. Be inventive, be prolific, think outside of the box. We’re looking for fiercely progressive bands, in any genre. But your technical ability and songwriting ability have to impress. Or you could just send us chocolate and cat pictures. That works too.