Our bands discuss their favourite Basick releases of the year.

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This year our label had some awesome releases including: 

Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here EP (Listen Free)
7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution album (Listen Free)
Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise album (Listen Free)
Glass Cloud - The Royal Thousand album
The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code album (Listen Free)
Dissipate - Tectonics EP (Listen Free)
Circles - Another Me single (Listen / Download Free) - just enter 0 in the price you pay.

Barley, Basick boss added Skyharbor to his end of year list. Read here

Lisa, Basick publicist added 7 Horns 7 Eyes to her end of year list. Read here

Sean, Basick IT geek added Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes to his end of year list. Read here

James, Basick publicist added The Algorithm and Glass Cloud to his end of year list. Read Here

Chad, Basick A&R added 7 Horns 7 Eyes to his end of year list. Read here


We asked some of the bands what their favourite release was, here’s what they said. 



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Kaan, vocals - No Consequence

My choice would be have to be Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here. It’s all about Cloud City and Mobius!! The ultimate sci-fi sound track. But I have to say the Glass Cloud record is a close second. The melodic sections pick you up and kiss your lady bits, then you get torn a new one by the heavy sections. Just what you want from a album!! 


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Keshav, guitar/evil genius - Skyharbor

Chimp Spanner, All Roads Lead Here. I love this EP to death because Paul Ortiz can just do no wrong. He creates music which simply hits me smack in the gut every time. Ever since I heard his first release Imperium Vorago - aeons ago when he would sell copies himself on his website - I’ve been stunned by the intricacy of his compositions and the amount of emotion he crams into each note. One of the things I’m attracted to the most in music - which is something I strive very hard for with my own - is the imagery it evokes. When I put on my speakers I love to see the music rise to the surface and dance like ghosts between the speakers. Paul’s tunes do just that every time, and with each new release he seems to be delving even deeper into that ‘visual’ aspect of his music, which I simply love. Only criticism is that I wish it were longer!


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Ted Furuhashi, guitar - Circles

Def NOT Circles. Bahaha! Too many great releases!!! Glass Cloud would be up there with Chimp and Algorithm, fuck. I loved Skyharbor too. Going on plays, I’d say Glass Cloud. They make me want to build a Lego city and then crush it Godzilla style. Yep, that’s how I measure good albums. Lego and Godzilla. Hanging for Alaya, Aliases, No Consequence and all the other releases next year. Gonna be a HUGE year me thinks :)



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Chad, vocals/pecs - A Dark Orbit 

7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution. I can never get enough of this album. I constantly listen to it. It has the most perfect mix of all types of metal and it has such a HUGE sound. This album has some of the most vicious sounding vocals mixed with some of the most beautiful leads. This is a must!



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Aaron, guitars/mad professor - 7 Horns 7 Eyes

Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here EP. I really came to fully appreciate the music of Paul Ortiz after touring with him this summer on The Contortionist’s “Intrinsic” tour. Prior to that, I think I just simply hadn’t heard enough material to really feel strongly one way or another, and it’s getting increasingly hard for me to be motivated to listen to anything new these days that has the word “djent” as a descriptor, haha. Anyway, Paul sets the bar incredibly high with this release, not only for bands aspiring to noodle around with djenty rhythms, but also technical riffing, jazzy soloing, emotive ambiance, and just smart chord choices and songwriting in general. No one else combines the influences that Paul does so seamlessly, and it doesn’t come off as pretentious or self-gratuitous either. Hard to pick standout tracks since they’re all really good. I’ve got a soft spot for songs I heard night after night on tour, like “Mӧbius Pt I”, and also “Engrams”, which is both haunting and beautiful, and was a perfectly placed interlude in the live setting!



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Paul Green, vocals - The Arusha Accord

For me Skyharbor is blates the best of the year! It’s utterly beautiful, I think I told the guys that several billion times after I heard it. It just has so much to offer from the heavy to light spectrum & the atmospherics too good. I feel that the djent sound is fairly stagnated by so many bands but Skyharbor, who I stupidly initially thought would just be another band of said Djentness are instead like a variety box of all your favourite cereals. There is no rubbish bland filler cereal in the mix. It’s all rad sugar coated, E numbered awesomeness!


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Evan Dunn, vocals - Alaya

I think I have to go with The Algorithm. I’ve caught myself playing it the most and duh! 2013 is where it’s at!!


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Igor Omodei, guitar/creator of middle earth - Uneven Structure

The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code because it’s super fresh and very nice to see a solo artist put something this big out. 

BARLEY - BASICK’s BOSS - Top Albums of 2012 and more….

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Barley is the man behind Basick Records. Founder, Director, CEO and A&R God. Usually to be found in the office, in meetings or scouting out the latest burger bars with Sean. He’s the reason we’re all here doing what we do, when he’s not busy working his fingers to the bone in the music industry, he can be found raising money for charity, hill walking, making arse bending hot sauce, hanging out with rock stars or stuck at an airport somewhere.  He’s a great guy to work for (he paid us to say that!) Here are his top picks for 2012 and a little bit about his year. 

Barley Basick - http://www.facebook.com/iambarley

Location - London, UK 

Team Basick - The Boss, The Big Banana, El Capitano. Owns it, runs it, pays for it. 

1. AGENT FRESCO - A Long Time Listening (Record)
After following this Icelandic band for a while, I finally managed to catch them live at this year’s Euroblast Festival in Germany. Not once, but twice; they were so good on the opening day of the festival, that they were invited back to play the following day - which is a first. I grabbed their CD after the show and quite honestly, it didn’t leave my CD player for 2 solid months. Even my kids know all the words to the songs. If you like big songs, with amazing arrangements and instrumentation, interspersed with moments of pure crazy heaviness, then this is a band you need to check out.

2. NARROWS - Painted (Deathwish)
Man, I’ve been waiting for a totally killer doom-punk record to come out for ages… And this is it. Seriously, if the world is gonna end today, I wanna be riding my skateboard alongside the four horsemen of the apocalypse with this record blaring out as the soundtrack. Deathwish nail it again.

3. KEATON HENSON - Dear (Oak Ten)
First and foremost, Keaton is an incredible artist, in every possible sense of the word. I worked with him back in 2006 when he illustrated various things for BASICK and then went on to design the cover for Enter Shikari’s first album along with a whole bunch of other cool stuff… A few years down the line I hear a song on the radio that sounds like my old buddy Keaton. Turns out, it was. Not only is he an insanely talented illustrator, he’s also an incredible songwriter and performer. This album is so delicate and beautiful, yet ridiculously morose and depressing. Classic stuff.

4. THE CONTORTIONIST - Intrinsic (Good Fight)

The level of musicianship on this record is just unbelievable. Every record they put out is a progression from the next, which is quickly establishing them as one of the front runners in progressive modern metal. If they keep this up, the next couple of years should yield some incredible returns for the band. 

5. CONVERGE - All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)

'Jane Doe' - that's all I ever hear from long term Converge fans. Apparently it's an album that can never be surpassed. A stone-cold classic. And of course, they're right. 'Axe To Fall' was an incredible album that had occasional moments of genuine brilliance, but for my money, 'AWLWLB' goes one step further. It's such a cohesive record. A body of work that seems to have captured the Converge 'energy' like nothing else before it. It could just be the album that finally matches its classic 2001 predecessor.

6. CLARO INTELECTO - Reform Club (Delsin)

The master of minimal dub house and techno returns with what is most likely his finest hour since 2004’s ‘Neurofibro’ on Ai Records. Stripped back, chilled yet dark and groovy as fuck, this guy really knows how to delve into your soul in the small hours.

7. SKYHARBOR - Blinding White Noise (BASICK)

Another album that didn’t leave my CD player for at least two months. It has been an absolute pleasure developing this band and seeing the fruits of their labour being so well received and critically acclaimed worldwide. Incredible songwriting, incredible musicianship resulting in one of the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of releasing.

8. DEFTONES - Koi No Yokan (Warner)

There’s nothing more to say about this record, that hasn’t already been said a million times by others with a more verbose and extensive vocabulary than myself. The masters return with yet another masterpiece. Ridiculous.

9. LAST WITNESS - Mourning After (Holy Roar)

I genuinely surprised myself when I listened to this record and ended up loving it. I guess you could say that this is my guilty pleasure on this list. Beatdown central, but delivered in a very convincing fashion, with acerbic vocals, vitriolic lyrics and devastating hardcore grooves to boot. Killer.

10. DYSCARNATE - And So It Came To Pass (SOAR)

Without a doubt, the best new UK death metal band on the scene, bar none. If this album is a taste of things to come, then this band will be world beaters. If you like classic death metal with a modern twist, then go listen to it, right now.



2012 is nearly at an end, how has it been for Basick?

This year has been fantastic for BASICK - we’ve put out some of our best releases, seen some of our highest ever sales numbers and we’ve also finally branched out into the worldwide scene, signing bands from America and India I’m order to offer up a truly international roster. It’s been a great year.


Looking ahead to 2013, what can fans of the label expect?

Next year is shaping up to be the busiest year in the label’s history, we’re going to be releasing more records than in any year previously, so it’s going to be busy! We’ve also got second records coming from most of our original artists, which is a great honour and going to be a lot if fun.


You signed 3 new bands this year, Dissipate, Alaya, Damned Spring Fragrantia – all very different but with a common thread running through all three. Tell us a bit about how you discovered each band and what they bring to the roster. 

Well, first and foremost each band has an incredibly unique songwriting ability, which is the very first thing we look for when signing a new band. For me, that’s the most important thing. Without ‘songs’ a band is nothing. The truth is; good songs and overall talent will always find a way of rising to the surface through the mire. We discovered each of these new bands by remaining alert and receptive to the new bands that are making credible noise. And I can’t see this policy changing any time soon.


What has been your biggest Basick highlight of 2012

Moving into our own offices in Camden, London has been pretty huge for us. It gives us a solid base in the city to work and network from. First office of many we hope. 
 
Any particular Basick lowpoint of 2012 or anything you’ll do differently next year?

No real low points as such, but you’re always learning things in this industry, so inevitably there will be some things that we’ll be doing differently next year. 


Best basick show of 2012?

I can’t choose just one… Our HMV London showcase in February was a real coming of age for us, but to then go on and practically sellout The Underworld with Siege Of Amida this September just compounded the feeling. Our huge presence at this year’s Euroblast Festival and The Algorithm’s album launch were also great moments too. 


Biggest personal highlight of 2012

For the label; it’s simply been seeing things go from strength to strength.
For myself personally; hiking 100 miles along the coast of Cornwall in aid of Cancer Research. Oh and making a conscious decision to not give any of my money to Tesco or McDonald’s for a full 12 months… Feels good.


Some big releases from the label this year. Describe each in just one word

Chimp – ARLH: GEEKSWING
7H7E – Throes: DEATHEREAL
Skyharbor – Blinding: SOAREAL
Glass Cloud -  Thousand: RIFFRAFF
Dissipate – Tectonics: CRUSHTING
Algo – Morph: CHICKENORIENTAL
Circles – Another Me: CAPTAINHOOK


Favourite film of the year?

Batman: The Dark Knight Rises 


Other labels you’ve admired this year?

Honestly, in this day and age I admire any independent label that can stay afloat and remain true to their morals at the same time. There are lots of us out there, so make sure you support and stay indie.

Shout outs and thanks: 

Massive props to Lisa, Sean, James & Chad, without whom I’d die of a stress related heart attack, our distributors for fighting tooth and nail to promote our releases, our bands for writing incredible music but most importantly, massive thanks to TEAM BASICK; the supporters of the label, without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks so much, you fucking rule.

BASICK RECORDS FIRESALE: STARTS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT UNTIL 30TH DECEMBER

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Starting at midnight on the 28th (in a few hours, basically!) and continuing through until midnight on the 30th, the annual Basick Records Firesale will take place, and this year we’ve made the sale as progressive as the bands we promote. 

28th December - prices will drop by 50%  (biggest saving day!) 

29th December - prices will drop by 25% 

30th December - prices will drop by 15% 

CLICK HERE TO BOOKMARK THE STORE AND GET IN AS SOON AS THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT (UK) 


As you can see, it pays to get in early, get the biggest discount you can and load up on merch, posters, vinyl and CD’s whilst you still can. And this discount applies to EVERYTHING in store, including hoodies (few remaining so get in quick!) and all new releases that only came out a few months ago. 

We expect to see you go at it like a bunch of rabid, flesh starved zombies and wipe us out, like you have in previous years. WE NEED YOU TO FOR 2 REASONS. 

1) We need to make room for new 2013 merch lines coming in soon and we need to make a huge amount of room for the biggest release schedule Basick has ever seen! 

2) We need your continued support. Independent labels depend on the support of their fanbase to keep bringing you the bands you love. We’re independently owned, with no big named backers, and sales like this help to keep us going and in turn help to keep our bands going. So do your best, wipe us out, it’ll help us bring you more awesomeness next year! 


ENTER THE CODE: BASICKFIRESALE AT CHECKOUT TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT. 

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Shipping will take place from 4th January - our merch warehouse is on holiday until then, but that’s only a week you have to wait after buying, a small price to pay for awesomely low prices. 


WHAT DO WE RECOMMEND?

All of it…but seriously, the end of year lists have placed 7 Horns 7 Eyes album - Throes of Absolution in lots of their top 5 lists, Skyharbor album -Blinding White Noise and The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code have all impressed the critics. So check those out. 

Vinyl wise - if you get a hold of Chimp Spanner - All Road’s Lead Here on the 50% discount day, you’ll get it for the awesomely priced £4.99

If you are into the heavier end of progressive music and love bands like Ion Dissonance and Car Bomb - check out our recent release from Dissipate - Tectonics which came out in November. If you pick it up on 50% discount day you’ll get it at a healthy £2.99 (and this is one of my favourite releases of the year! Lisa) 

If you aren’t quite sure what to pick up, listen for free first at our bandcamp - http://music.basickrecords.com/

So that’s it folks, head to our webstore at midnight (UTC) tonight, which is only a few hours away, snap up a heap of good music at bargain prices, and spread the word. The sale ends on midnight 30th December. And don’t forget to use the code (you’d be surprised how many people do!) - BASICKFIRESALE at checkout. 

SEAN BASICK - Top Albums of 2012 and more….

Sean is the legend behind all of our IT systems, website technology, architecture and design work. Mostly he drinks guinness, grows outstanding levels of beard, talks in a Scottish accent so thick he has his own subtitles and goes to just about every gig that passes through London. Mention Enter Shikari, The Arusha Accord or Between the Buried and Me to him and he turns into a puddle. In truth, we need to clone him because he’s so special and essential to what we do at Basick, and there’s never enough of him to go around.  Here are his top picks for 2012 and a little bit about his year. 

Sean Basick - http://www.facebook.com/seanislegend

Location - London, UK - but originally from Glasgow 

Team Basick - IT God, Guinness Gobbler, Celebrity Stalker, Inventor of the Scotch Pie, Beard Hero (Level 5). 



1. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

2. Deftones - Koi No Yoken

3. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

4. Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here

5. The Early November - In Currents

6. Meshuggah - Koloss

7. Torche - Harmonicraft

8. Rush - Clockwork Angels

9. 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution

10. The Secret - Agnus Dei


What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012?

Meeting all of Between the Buried and Me after their Shepherd’s Bush Empire show and acting like a complete 14 year old fan girl. We all have our moments…


What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not being vommed on by James Basick.


What do you wish you’d done more of? 

More gigs, more travelling, more time with old friends.


What do you wish you’d done less of?

Being stuck in an office working!


Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012?

Celebrating our 7th birthday in a packed-out Underworld.


Best film of 2012?

Sadly didn’t see many new films this year, so The Avengers!


TV show you watched the most in 2012?

Breaking Bad


What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?

The Ghost of a Thousand and getting to see them one last time at Alexisonfire’s farewall show at Brixton Academy. Incredible band.


Best gig or festival of 2012?

Kerouac’s farewell show at The Old Blue Last with Bastions, Pariso, Values, The Long Haul and Gnarwolves.


Biggest WTF moment of 2012?

Celtic beating Barcelona making it through to the last 16 of the Champions League!


How will you be spending Christmas?

Getting drunk with my family back home in Glasgow!


Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2012, what’s your advice for them?

Don’t let James vom in your hair.



Lisa Basick - Albums of 2012 and more….

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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
https://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

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

http://www.facebook.com/7horns7eyes

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

http://www.facebook.com/DyingFetus

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

http://www.facebook.com/enslaved

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 

http://www.facebook.com/CRBrotherhood

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 

http://www.facebook.com/Dysrhythmia

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

http://www.facebook.com/Latitudesmusic

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

http://www.facebook.com/astrasound

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

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Counter-World-Experience/156721834364955

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

Let’s end on a bit of filthy, face fuckery. Gaza are great. It’s just a punishingly insane listen from start to finish which by the end of it, you’ll be screaming into babies faces and drop kicking kittens all over the place. Dark, heavy and fast, if you’ve not heard this album yet, smear it into your ears and wait for the kick back. 



Honourable mentions


Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise
Pilgrim - Misery Wizard
Inverloch - Dusk/Subside (the only reason this didn’t make my top 10 is it’s only 3 tracks but goddamn it’s awesome!) 
Dissipate - Tectonics
Sucioperro - Fused 
Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here 
Behold The Arctopus - Horrorsentience 
Dordeduh - Dar De Duh 



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. 

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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. 

JAMES BASICK - Top Albums of 2012 and more….

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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
https://www.facebook.com/TheAlg0r1thm
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
https://www.facebook.com/theelijahuk
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
https://www.facebook.com/knuckledustofficial
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
https://www.facebook.com/Sylosis
Killer blasts, riffs and some of the best metal guitar playing you can hear. Heavy fucking metal.

5. Meshuggah - Koloss
http://www.facebook.com/meshuggah
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
https://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial
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
https://www.facebook.com/devilsoldhissoul
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
https://www.facebook.com/glasscloud?fref=ts
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
https://www.facebook.com/anathemafan
This band always send chills up my spine and this record is no exception. Simply beautiful.

10. Veil Of Maya - Eclipse
https://www.facebook.com/veilofmaya?ref=ts&fref=ts
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?

Breaking Bad


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.

Introducing our new signing: ALAYA

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Band name:  ALAYA

Location:  Chicago, USA

Genre: Metal

Links:  www.facebook.com/alayaofficial

 

Tell us a bit about your band – how long have you been going, why you do what you do, what you want to achieve.  

We had been self producing a debut full length for 18 months when BASICK told us they were interested in releasing it.  In talking with them it became clear that they were the right label for us, and that the timing was perfect.  We’re very excited to announce and see what the future holds.  You can expect us to not slow down once the momentum picks up, because writing and performing are what we love.

 

You have a new release coming out soon – without giving too much away tell us what listeners can expect from it. 

It has thirteen tracks that are strategically placed in order.  The first three tracks are high energy, followed by three tracks that change the pace significantly.  After that the album wakes up again and the tension and energy build toward the final two tracks.  We felt the end of the album should give the listener a sense of closure.  

 

 

Plans for the next 12 months

We are going to be writing for our next releases immediately while planning our strategy for the release of THRONES in 2013.  After that we would love to play shows and tour in support of it.  Until then we will be playing shows around Chicago.

 

Tell us a bit about what it’s like to experience your live show.

We definitely rehearse a lot for our live shows, because it’s hard to engage the crowd if you have to concentrate too hard on playing your parts correctly.  We enjoy putting on an energetic show, so you can expect sweat flying around and head banging during key moments.  We often run samples between songs to give the show an consistent vibe and flow.


How does the band prepare for a gig?

We rehearse morning and night, and often run multiple sets in a row.  As a group we focus on creating the energy of a live environment in our practice space. 

 

Name 3 bands you would love to tour with and why

1.     Destrage – they are a great band and their shows are insane.

2.     Muse - one of our biggest influences for melody.

3.     Between the Buried and Me – they’re just awesome. 


Name a band you’d love to give a shout out to and think people should listen to (not your own band)

 Destrage from Italy.  Whoa these guys are good.

 

How much has the internet and technology helped your band to get to the point it is today. 

The internet is our main access point to the public besides live shows.  It offers our music to someone instantly, and allows our team at BASICK to connect us to thousands.  Shows are the best way for an individual to connect with us, but until we come to your town you can grab our album and merch online.


What’s in your cd player right now?

Yanni : Live at the Acropolis!!

 

Ok you have a few lines to tell us why people should listen to your band. GO. 

These songs were written over and over until we were happy with the finished product.  We put having fun and loving what we do first, but we also take the listener carefully into consideration when writing.  The album is meant to offer a new interpretation of the heavy and melodic music that has influenced us for years.


Head over to  www.facebook/alayaofficial to check out the band further. Debut album, Thrones, will be released by Basick Records in 2013. 

CHAD BASICK - Top Albums of 2012 & more….

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Chad is our resident American A&R guru/god, bringing us all the hottest, freshest sounds for us to hear/sign at Basick. When he’s not out scouting for bands, he’s the vocalist in A Dark Orbit, also signed to Basick, who have a release coming out in 2013. Here are his top picks for 2012 and a little bit about his year. 

Chad Basickhttp://www.facebook.com/adarkorbitstl

Location - USA

Team Basick - A&R

No particular order:

1. A.I.(d) - “Disorder” - I think this album is such an amazing step forward in the progressive DIY instrumental metal craze. It sounds as if Chimp Spanner and The Algorithmfornicated and had an offspring, and this offspring tripped acid called Meshuggah! It’s nuts! 

http://www.facebook.com/A.I.Djent

2. Arctic Sleep - “Arbors” - These guys are by far my favorite precious gem that no one seems to know about. It is literally a crime not to listen to these guys. Seriously some of the most epic, heavy, and ambient stuff I have ever heard. Beautiful and crushing stuff. It sounds like Neurosis mixed with HUM.


3. The Contortionist - “Intrinsic” - This album is so beautifully written through and through. The constant newly added clean vocals really give it a sweeping and fluid soundscape that most bands cannot achieve. Very awesome!


4. 7 Horns 7 Eyes - “Throes of Absolution” - I can never get enough of this album. I constantly listen to it. It has the most perfect mix of all types of metal and it has such a HUGE sound. This album has some of the most vicious sounding vocals mixed with some of the most beautiful leads. This is a must!


5. Meshuggah - “Koloss” - OK…it’s Meshuggah! The main thing I really loved about this was that they actually slowed their sound a bit that it almost gave off a sludge feel to it in parts. They never disappoint and I can believe they can keep coming up with new f&$#ed riffs! Kudos once again to the GODS of groove!


6. Slice The Cake - “The Man With No Face” - This release is a great DIY project that spans a few countries. It is seriously one of the best and heaviest albums of the year. The progressive /death metal that has been created for this record really cannot be matched. It has tons of groove that I don’t even think was meant to be achieved. Don’t let the name fool you, and go pick this up!


7. A Life Once Lost - “Ecstatic Trance” - Well after a long escape for ALOL, they are finally back with their calculated sound of groove and aggression. I still cannot stop listening to this release. They still managed to get their old sound back with the addition of some new perfections. Welcome back!


8. Deftones - “Koi No Yokan” - What can I say….it’s the DEFTONES! They have never disappointed and this release does not slip. They dive even deeper into their own on this release, with despite what a lot of pre-release reviews claimed to be a more aggressive sound, I felt like they slowed it down a touch. This reminds me more of “Saturday Night Wrist” feel than anything else. I felt they experimented more and came out with another diamond. 


9. Devil Sold His Soul - “Empire Of Light” - The atmosphere that these guys can create are just unreal, and this album tops them all! They grab you by the first song on the record and engulf you until you suffocate in their sound. This is one of those albums that must be heard from front to end. This is a masterpiece! 


10. [Car-Bomb] - “w^w^w^w” - Finally a new release from these guys and it’s a good one. They are still as chaotic as ever but they have learned to tame the beast a bit. You cannot seem to be in just awe as you listen to this madness. They have that perfect name…its a car bomb going off in your brain!


Honorable Mentions:
Glass Cloud - “The Royal Thousand”
Danza IIII: The Alpha and The Omega
Winters - “Depths EP” 
Bermuda - “The Wandering”
Empire:Andromeda - “Chapters EP”
Napolean - “What We See”
The Burial - “Lights and Perfections”
Enter Shikari - “A Flash Flood of Colour”
Vision of Disorder - “The Cursed Remain Cursed”
Hypno5e - “Acid Mist Tomorrow”
Innerty - “Tabula Rasa”
Solace - “Call & Response”


What’s been your personal highlight/ of 2012? Getting my band, A Dark Orbit, back to where it needed to be!

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Having A Dark Orbit open for Between the Buried and Me for a sold out crowd and finally finishing the debut full length “Parhelion”.

What do you wish you’d done more of? Making more $, reading, writing, and working on designs.


What do you wish you’d done less of? Procrastinating


Best Basick Records ‘thing’ of 2012? Signing Glass Cloud and upgrading the office.


Best film of 2012? Prometheus


TV show you watched the most in 2012? The Walking Dead / Hell on Wheels


What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery? Slayer


Best gig or festival of 2012? Centaur (Matt Talbott of HUM) / Slayer (Mayhem Festival)

Biggest WTF moment of 2012? The STL Cardinals coming back from a 7-5 two out, bottom of the 9th inning terror to win the game 9-7 and take the series 3-2!

How will you be spending Christmas? With my family in Illinois/Missouri

Finally, a band wants to get signed to Basick in 2013, what’s your advice for them? Work hard, never settle for what you just created, and get involved to promote and get your name out there! Oh yeah…sound different than the norm!

2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: A DARK ORBIT



2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: A DARK ORBIT 

Hey guys – what have you been up to for the last few months?

The last few months, ADO has been in a rebuilding phase and working really hard with our 2 new members John and Jason. We have been putting the finishing touches to the mixing of our album, “Parhelion”,  and writing tons of new stuff to get our new chemistry down. This new stuff is insane! 

How has 2012 been for you? Highlights? Any particular low points?

2012 has been very eventful for us as much as it has been slow. Low points are the loss of founding members and the constant prolonging of our next release because of other issues as well. The highlights are the gaining of 2 of the strongest and most musical members we have ever had which has made us tighter than we have ever been as a group and literally we are writing our most brutal and beautiful stuff ever. I can’t wait for people to hear were we are taking our sound. Another highlight was opening for Between The Buried and Me / Periphery and opening for that near sold out crowd.

We’re on the final run up to Christmas and the end of the year – what are you busy cramming into the final few weeks?

The final mix/master/release of “Parhelion”!

What releases from 2012 have you been particularly impressed with? 

Personally I have been all over the new releases from Arctic Sleep (Arbors), Devil Sold His Soul (Empire of Light), Deftones (Koi No Yokan), and Meshuggah (Koloss).

What do the band want from Santa for Christmas?

A perfect 2013 for ADO!….and to open for Meshuggah!!!

2013 - what can we expect from A Dark Orbit?

You can expect the best year from ADO! We are releasing the new record (finally), working on all new music and hopefully another new release by the end of 2013. We also are planning many weekend shows outside of St. Louis and we plan to make it back to the UK in the Summer! We hope people get tired of hearing about us! 

Final message for fans?

Please don’t forget about us or give up on us. Many things are out of our control….but trust us…we are coming! FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Catch up with A Dark Orbit’s 2009 EP - Voyager for FREE on our bandcamp

2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: UNEVEN STRUCTURE

http://www.facebook.com/unevenstructure

Hey guys – what have you been up to for the last few months?

We’ve been mainly doing two things: driving all over Europe with a 20 years old van with no hiccups and we started recording an EP!

How has 2012 been for you? Highlights? Any particular low points?

It’s been generally great. Lots of contenders for the main highlight, playing in Moscow with Chimp Spanner was quite an amazing experience, the Protest The Hero tour helped us do enough shows in a row to miss the stage every moment we’re not on it, both Progpower and Euroblast fest were great aswell!

As for low points, I guess Benoit, Matthieu and Jean wrecking their car on black ice after an 8h trip back from the Basick Showcase wasn’t exactly a fantastic experience, especially for them.

We’re on the final run up to Christmas and the end of the year – what are you busy cramming into the final few weeks?

We’re only a month away from 2013 but we still have a load of things that needs to be done till the year ends. First there’s this EP I was talking about earlier, which NEEDS to be done before the year ends, then we’ve got this awesome German/Czech/Austrian tour with War From A Harlots Mouth and Bitterness Exhumed and the tiny bits of free time left will be spent on editing our new music video.

What releases from 2012 have you been particularly impressed with? (doesn’t have to be metal)

With no particular order, Chimp Spanner’s All Roads Lead Here, The Algorithm’s Polymorphic Code, Danza IV, Soundgarden’s King Animal, Neurosis’ Honor Found In Decay, Converge’s All We Love We Leave Behind, Twelve Foot Ninja’s Silent Machine and A.I.(d)’s Solar Feelings. A pretty good year!


What do the band want from Santa for Christmas?

He could bring Burger King back in France so we don’t have to forcefeed ourselves every time we see one on tour and miss local food! But will he?

2013 - what can we expect from Uneven Structure?

Equally as many shows, possibly over new grounds (please). An EP, one or more one-off songs and maybe (maybe!) hints towards a new album.

Final message for fans?

We’re going to battle through the awesome weather that Germany has to offer in December to play shows so please come over. We’ll make it worth your time, we promise!

Catch Uneven Structure on tour throughout December on the following dates:

29.11 Hamburg (DE) - Hafenklang
30.11 Münster (DE) - Sputnikcafe
01.12 Bautzen (DE) - Steinhaus
02.12 Tabor (CZ) - Orion http://on.fb.me/RA9rlk
04.12 Praha (CZ) - Modra Vopice http://on.fb.me/SYXOpf
06.12 Rüsselsheim (DE) - Rind Club
07.12 Salzburg (AT) - Rockhouse Bar
08.12 Stuttgart (DE) - Juha West

2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: ALIASES


2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: ALIASES


Hey guys – what have you been up to for the last few months?
Hi, we are hard at work on the new album, it’s coming along great and the writing process should complete pretty shortly. Since UKTF obviously Jay left to pursue a work opportunity he couldn’t refuse or work around to commit fully to the band. Leigh Dale joined the band as the new singer bringing a new character to the band and an amazing voice. For anyone that missed it you can meet him here. 



We have also been in the studio recording a new track which we aim to bring out before the album as we feel you have waited long enough to here something new. Writing / studio diaries are also in progress so we can give everyone more of an idea how we work. We also have some play through videos for tracks from Safer Than Reality to put down as there has been plenty of demand for these. Frankly there is loads going on! 




Pin is also doing a lot of teaching at the moment, he can be contacted for lessons by email pinaliases@gmail.com or just message him on facebook. He is covering all levels of guitar from new players to advanced and lessons are just £20 per hour. Check his teaching page - http://www.facebook.com/pinlessons

How is your new vocalist, Leigh, working out?
Leigh is awesome, he brings a versatile style to the mix and has plenty to say. The guy is seriously hard working so the switch hasn’t slowed progress on the album at all and we are loving the parts he is creating. 




How many times has he been fired/fired you all?
You know what, we haven’t had to fire him at all, and the new guy doesn’t have firing rights till he at least has a CD out. If it makes you happy we will send him down to Basick HQ to fire you all?



We’re on the final run up to Christmas and the end of the year – what are you busy cramming into the final few weeks?
 
All the aforementioned really, but we will also hope to get some new merch designs out, everyone needs an Aliases tee for Christmas or any other time really. Keep an eye out for their release! 



Final message for fans?

We cant wait to get the new music out to you all and then go tour the hell out of it, its going to be a hectic journey! See you in 2013. 

Check out this interview with Leah and Pin - http://thebitemagazine.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/aliases-interview-tech-fest-2012/

SKYHARBOR - FREEBIE FRIDAY / 24% DISCOUNT / EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN SHOW

SKYHARBOR - FREEBIE FRIDAY / 24% DISCOUNT / EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN SHOW

http://www.facebook.com/Skyharbor7 || http://store.basickrecords.com/artist/skyharbor

Last month we asked you which Basick artist you wanted as your next FREEBIE FRIDAY and you overwhelmingly asked for these guys! Skyharbor, showcasing some of the finest Indian Metal, with collaborations including Dan Tompkins from TesseracT and Marty Friedman who also played in some little known band called Megadeth. 

So, to celebrate the fact that Skyharbor have announced their FIRST EXCLUSIVE SHOW in EUROPE at the upcoming EUROBLAST FESTIVAL - today, Friday 12th October we will be giving away FREE DOWNLOAD CODES for Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise via our Twitter, Facebook and also over on Skyharbor’s Facebook page too. AND THERE’S MORE….KEEP READING! 

FOR TODAY ONLY - 9AM UK TIME FRIDAY 12TH TO 9AM UK TIME SATURDAY 13TH - Use the promo code YESITSFRIDAY to get 24% off Skyharbor’s 2 disc album for the next 24hrs! GO HERE > http://basickrecords.bigcartel.com/product/skyharbor-blinding-white-noise-2x-cd-digipak and when prompted enter the code YESITSFRIDAY into the discount code box to get the 2xCD disc for only £6.83

Catch Skyharbor at EUROBLAST 2012 alongside some other amazing artists from the technical and progressive metal genres. See below for a full line up. 

FREEBIE FRIDAY - CIRCLES

HEAD OVER TO HTTP://STORE.BASICKRECORDS.COM and enter the code: YESITSFRIDAY at checkout to receive 24% off anything in the CIRCLES range. This offer is available for 24 HOURS ONLY STARTING AT 9AM GMT TODAY.  

We are also giving away free download codes throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites - so keep an eye open to win one of those.

TO CELEBRATE - we’ve joined with Hysteria Magazine to bring you an exclusive first look at what Circles have been up to in the studio. The guys are currently busy writing and recording their debut album, to be released early next year and Hysteria Mag will be following them throughout the process, bringing you news and footage along the way. Head here to see the first part of Circles Studio Diary

Visit CIRCLES on Facebook. 

CIRCLES WILL BE ON TOUR IN AUSTRALIA THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER with Jerrico. For more info, visit here

CHIMP SPANNER - FREEBIE FRIDAY

HEAD OVER TO HTTP://STORE.BASICKRECORDS.COM and enter the code: YESITSFRIDAY at checkout to receive 24% off anything in the CHIMP SPANNER range. This offer is available for 24 HOURS ONLY.  

We are also giving away free download codes throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites - so keep an eye open to win one of those.


CHIMP SPANNER WILL BE ON TOUR IN THE USA IN JULY with The Contortionist, Jeff Loomis and 7 Horns 7 Eyes. For more info, visit here

UNEVEN STRUCTURE - FREEBIE FRIDAY

HEAD OVER TO HTTP://STORE.BASICKRECORDS.COM and enter the code: YESITSFRIDAY at checkout to receive 24% off UNEVEN STRUCTURE’s debut album ‘Februus’. This offer is available for 24 HOURS ONLY.  

We are also giving away free download codes throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites - so keep an eye open to win one of those.

UNEVEN STRUCTURE WILL BE ON TOUR IN THE UK IN JULY. For more info, visit here