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. 

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

Whilst the boss is away, the team will play! Since Barley is away hiking to raise money for Cancer Research UK (find out more/how he’s doing, over here) this week, we decided that we’d make a few changes. 
So we’re introducing FREEBIE FRIDAY. Yep, more free shit from Basick! This Friday (8th June) we’ll drop the price of Uneven Structure's debut album 'Februus' by 24% for 24hrs over at the Basick webstore and we’ll be giving away free downloads throughout the day, so keep an eye out for those. And what’s more, we’ll do this every month, so every month you’ll have the chance to win free stuff and get cd’s a little cheaper. YAY. 
All this to celebrate the band heading out for their first headline 'Ramparts of Sageness' tour of the UK in July. Fore more info on the tour, visit here. HOORAY! 
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW. WIBBLE. 

Whilst the boss is away, the team will play! Since Barley is away hiking to raise money for Cancer Research UK (find out more/how he’s doing, over here) this week, we decided that we’d make a few changes. 

So we’re introducing FREEBIE FRIDAY. Yep, more free shit from Basick! This Friday (8th June) we’ll drop the price of Uneven Structure's debut album 'Februus' by 24% for 24hrs over at the Basick webstore and we’ll be giving away free downloads throughout the day, so keep an eye out for those. And what’s more, we’ll do this every month, so every month you’ll have the chance to win free stuff and get cd’s a little cheaper. YAY. 

All this to celebrate the band heading out for their first headline 'Ramparts of Sageness' tour of the UK in July. Fore more info on the tour, visit here. HOORAY! 

MORE INFO TO FOLLOW. WIBBLE.