BASICK RECORDS FIRESALE: STARTS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT UNTIL 30TH DECEMBER
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!
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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.
2012 END OF YEAR CATCH UP WITH: UNEVEN STRUCTURE
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
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/
OUT TODAY ON BASICK RECORDS!
Out today on Basick Records:
Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos
Nuclear Blast - Amazon.de - FNAC - Bol
Prosthetic Records - Merch Connection - Best Buy - FYE - CM Distro
DISC ONE (Running Time: 34m 20s)
1) Illusion: Dots
2) Illusion: Order 66
3) Illusion: Catharsis
4) Illusion: Night
5) Illusion: Aurora
6) Illusion: Celestial
7) Illusion: Maeva
DISC TWO (Running Time: 13m 38s)
8) Chaos: Trayus
9) Chaos: Aphasia
10) Chaos: Insurrection
SKYHARBOR’s breathtaking double disc, debut album, ‘Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos’, is released today and promises to be a landmark release for the Indian independent music scene, in no small part thanks to the incredible number of international guest appearances it will see, including the likes of Marty Friedman (ex Megadeth), Daniel Tompkins (ex TesseracT), Vishal J. Singh (Amogh Symphony) and Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut).
Spanning 2 discs the album reveals very different aspects of the band and is a mix of effortlessly mature, ambient soundscapes that intertwine playfully alongside densely layered guitar work, complex structures and experimental metal.
Reviews & Features
48-minutes of good, solid songwriting and heavy metal” 8/10 Heavy Blog is Heavy
“The dynamics of the songs keep the balance between technical and listenable perfectly” 9/10 Got Djent
7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution
1) Divine Amnesty
2) Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3) The Hill Difficulty
4) Cycle Of Self
6) A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
8) The Winnowing
Progressive atmospheric death metallers 7 HORNS 7 EYES release their debut full-length album, Throes Of Absolution, across Europe today. Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), the album has been produced and mixed by 7H7E’s guitarist, Aaron Smith at his own Envisage Audio studio. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth) mastered the outing; guitars were re-amped by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Killswitch Engage), whilst Travis Smith (Nevermore, Katatonia) crafted the artwork.
Reviews & Features
“you’ll know that it’s a mark of their class that ex-Nevermore guitarist and all-round six-string here, Jeff Loomis, wanted to work with them”
Listen to the exclusive album stream on Thrash Hits →
“This takes progressive death metal to a new level of pulverizing grandeur. Love it!”
Dom Lawson - Metal Hammer
“One of the very best death metal records I have heard in the last twelve months” 8/10 Cack Blabbath
“7H7E are here not only to give us some outstanding metal, but to lead the battle for the ages.” Dawn of the Deaf
TOUR TIME WITH: ALIASES…
The ‘Safer Than Home’ tour kicked off tonight in Brighton. As tech metal masters Aliases take to the stage, we ask them for some words of advice for label mates Visions. So what happened when the bad boys of Basick (Aliases) take the youngest band on our roster (Visions) out on the road! A recipe for disaster….or the stuff of legend! Read on to find out more…
NAME: Darren Pugh
Photo credit: Robert Walker Photography
1. You’re going out on tour with Visions soon - are you looking forward to hanging out with your label mates?
We are going out on tour very soon this is true, and yes we are looking forward to getting fucked up with the lads from Visions!
2. What advice would you give to Visions for surviving a tour with Aliases?
Don’t fall asleep anywhere near Leah Woodward, stay away from Leah Woodward if you are under the influence alcohol, and if you see Leah Woodward under the influence of alcohol make sure you have a weapon to hand!
Leah Woodward - Aliases
3. Have any of you listened to the Visions album? Fave track?
Hhmmmmm that’s a tough one, I’ll tell you after the tour!
4. Darren, you are now in Visions, what’s the first thing you change?
I would make each member shave their heads and start beating up fans on tour!
5. Describe Visions to someone who has never heard them.
I don’t really know how to describe Visions if I’m honest, it’s extremely aggressive and everytime I listen to them I usually want to kill either myself or someone else.
Visions - ‘extremely aggressive’ corn field posing…
6. You are playing in Brighton, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Leicester and Wrexham - rather exotic choices. Have you played these towns before? Which one usually goes off the most? Have you had any ‘interesting’ experiences in any of them.
Brighton was quite interesting last time we played, I’m not sure whether it was the amount of booze we drank that made it interesting though, the most interesting thing that I personally saw was Joe Heaton absolutely smashed out of his realm on sambucca feeling a homeless womans tits whilst people were taking photographs of him.
7. Will you be trying out any new songs on this tour?
Yeah we will be playing two new songs on this tour along with all the songs from Safer Than Reality, I’m not sure how people will take to the new songs, one of them is the most melodic song we have written so far and the other one were hoping will just cave peoples heads in from start to finish.
8. You are out again on a full UK tour in November with Textures - and you are coming to my neck of the woods - Scotland. We gonna get messy?
Yeah we’ll get messy if you like, I’ll get pissed and glass you or summat, that way you’ve got a story to tell the your grandkids! Ha.
9. Final words - Jake Monson. Discuss.
I hate the prick, if he posts one more stupid comment on Facebook I’ll fucking chin him, seems like a lovely bloke though, I’ll have more to say on this matter after the tour!
Jake Monson - Visions
SAFER THAN HOME TOUR is this week. Check out where to see Aliases and Visions as they rip the heart out of England. To pick up a copy of Aliases - Safer Than Reality or Visions - Home visit Basick Records store or check all good online music retailers.
Interview: CHIMP SPANNER discuss their recent tour
This time last week Chimp Spanner were on tour across the UK with label mates Uneven Structure and UK prog metallers TesseracT. Now the band are safely home, Lisa Basick caught up with the band to reminisce about their first full UK tour. Catch them on tour with TesseracT across Europe (dates here) and headlining the second stage at Euroblast in Germany in October.
Check out what the press thought of the tour in these reviews:
Chimp Spanner Live: Boris (Drums), Jim (Guitar), Paul (Chimp, Guitar), Swanny (Bass). Photo: Francois Filon
Tiny little chimp Pookie (Paul is holding) courtesy of Greenpixy Amigurumis
Listen to the album ‘At the Dream’s Edge’ for free on Basick Records Bandcamp
Pick up some physical Chimp Spanner merch and CD’s at the Basick Store
1. So, how was the tour? Any outstanding memories or major mishaps along the way?
Paul: The tour was fantastic! It’s only our second time out on the road but everything felt so much more comfortable. Also helped that we had a great sound guy on board (Aidan O’Brian). Ah you know, I think we were pretty lucky as far as mishaps. There was the odd dodgy monitor wedge to deal with and a few funny goofs here and there but nothing major. Smooth sailing.
Boris: It was actually a VERY GOOD tour!!! I already miss it :) The best memory for me is the fact that we could watch TesseracT live every night during 9 days!! (I’m actually listening to “One” while I’m answering your questions) There were not any major mishaps during this tour but if I have to pick one I will say it was on the very last gig at the very end of our last song of the set (The Mirror) on my very last flying stick trick I didn’t catch it hahaha, shame when you know that I do it quite a lot during the sets and I never ever missed it during the whole tour ggrrr lol
Jim: Tour was incredible! Certainly a step up from our last outing for TYBYWY - both in venue and performance calibre. We did a helluva lot of prep for this tour and recorded the set tens of times to make sure we had stuff down. I think it paid off!
Swanny: An amazing experience, awesome touring with such amazing musicians, no bad luck, no tour aids and Boris didnt even drop a stick until the last riff of the last show, EUROPE HERE WE COME.
2. Best gig of the tour for you?
Paul: They were pretty much all awesome, but London was really something else. We were nervous because there was so much press there and we were really keen to make an impression. Somewhere between the nerves and the fear, we managed to have a great time, and the crowd gave it back to us tenfold. Amazing night.
Boris: LONDON !!! Sorry to the other cities but the crowd was insane and I really loved the energy they threw at us. I like to interact with the crowd, a live gig for me is all about sharing feelings/emotions with the crowd in front of you and when it works well and the crowd give it back to you its a good show to me.
Jim: London was incredible. Best turnout by a damn sight, but for me personally I felt like I really got into the groove somewhere around Birmingham/Manchester, because the first couple of shows went so well it became more about putting on a show rather than just musical performance.
Swanny: All the shows went really well, I think my favourite was Manchester because of the awesome monitor guy, I think it was the first time I’d ever played a Chimp show that was completly fuck-up free, am I allowed to say that……
3. Worst gig? Reasons why?
Paul: Sheffield *only* because I was feeling terrible when I went on stage, and was remembering everything I had to play about 1 second before I had to play it. I can only liken it to playing a song on Guitar Hero, on expert, for the first time. Let that be a lesson kids: no making party time before a show!
Boris: I will not say worst gig but maybe Cardiff was the one I enjoyed the least, basically because it was the day after London where the crowd was amazing and I couldn’t feel the crowd in Cardiff and I also had troubles with my monitors during the gig which make it a bit more difficult.
Jim: Worst gig would have to be Cardiff unfortunately, but not particularly down to the venue itself - it actually had the comfiest and most well-catered backstage area of all the venues we played which, as most members of touring bands will tell you, is massively appreciated! But a few things that we had no control of made it a particularly tricky show for us.
Swanny: The worst show for me was Sheffield. Not that it went bad but just weird vibes maaaaan, WEIRD VIBES.
Boris spins his sticks. Photo: Proghippie
4. Did you play any tour pranks on each other or the other bands?
Paul: Ah we’re way too nice for that. Saying that, we did have quite a bit of fun at Boris’s expense when we discovered that he’s afraid of wasps…and cannot pronounce the word ‘wasp’. I think it wore a bit thin by the end. For him. Not for us. Sorry Boris :]
Boris: EEEuuuuu I personally didn’t :)
Jim: We didn’t actually, it was super tame! I guess when your tour package consists of numerous genuinely nice guys it’s hard to actually want to fuck with someone!
Swanny: No, not really, this tour went pretty much prank free, apart from the constant bad french accents, UNEVEN STRUCTURE, WE LOVE YOU.
5. How was the accomodation along the way? Anyone you want to give shout outs to?
Paul: At the very least we managed to have some secure parking to sleep in the van. Mostly we just let Uneven Structure take the floor space because our van was kitted out for sleeping, and theirs was not. But thanks very much to everyone who had us a long the way, and especially to Sean McEmerson’s neighbour for letting me into her house smelling like Whiskey so I could use her shower. Personally, I wouldn’t have let me in.
Boris: We mainly slept in Kaan’s van, our driver (singer for No Consequence) who had beds inside so it was not too bad. Thanks to Fabio and Ben for their hospitality.
Jim: The biggest shout out has to be to Kaan from No Consequence who was our driver on the tour. His van doubled as our accommodation for the vast majority of the tour and it is absolutely shit-hot in my opinion! Other guys that were good to us was our good buddy Fabio in Leeds/Bradford kinda area, with his unrivalled next level breakfast manoeuvres! One of my oldest friends Ben in Nottingham put some of us up 2 nights running and gave up some of his precious breakfast bacon for us all!
Swanny: As usual there was many die-hard djent fans willing to put us up for the night, which I am eternally grateful for. Too many to name here but I’m just gonna say I love you all for supporting the cause. Oh and I’d like to give a shout out to Bens cats for being awesome, if their reading this next time we meet the catnips on me.
6. A lot of reviews have cited you as THE band who stole the show each night, which is amazing given it was TesseracT’s headline tour and you are an instrumental band. Were you happy with the crowd reaction?
Paul: Well needless to say we’re very flattered! We knew from the beginning that there were going to be a lot of comparisons made between us and TesseracT even though, in reality, we’re very different bands. But by all accounts we held our own, and more importantly, complimented the evening as a whole. That’s what I wanted to achieve, and I think that’s what we did. There were a few puzzled faced at the start of our set but otherwise the crowds reacted just great.
Boris: Of course its always a pleasure to read in reviews that you stole the show, especially when the almighty TesseracT were headlining. We take this as a big compliment and it give us strength for the future !!!
Jim: The crowd reactions, if I’m honest, took some getting used to! Lots of people stood back waiting to figure what we were all about, and some of the big crescendo’s in some songs happened without the crowd stirring, which is odd when nailing something like the middle section of Under One Sky is like a massive victory for us all!
Swanny: Well that’s very flattering. The crowd reactions were very mixed, probably because it was a lot of peoples first time hearing Chimp Spanner in a live scenario and they were busy trying to stop their faces from melting.
7. This review states that “The simple fact is that live music needs vocals.” and that “Prog NEVER works live, no matter how good you are.” - bold statements. Do you feel you are at a disadvantage being an instrumental band? And how do you feel Prog works in a live setting?
Paul: Well, I know you can’t please all the people all the time! I’m totally fine with people just not digging us. But in this case it sounds like the reviewer either caught us at the wrong show, or simply went to a gig he was never going to enjoy. The crowd at the Garage (London) would heartily disagree with him. Of course that’s the whole point/beauty of music; it’s subjective! But it’s certainly no “fact” that Prog doesn’t work live. Hasn’t he heard of Rush?!
My own personal feelings are that what we’re all doing is just…making music. Sometimes it’s music you can go batshit to, and sometimes it’s music you can simply watch/listen and enjoy. Some of the quietest and most reserved people in the audience have also been the most appreciative and complimentary after we’ve played. So whether people are going nuts, or simply being attentive, as long as they’re enjoying what we’re doing then that’s all that matters.
As to being disadvantaged without vocals? It certainly makes the music more exposed. And there’s that feeling that eyes are constantly on you. But it’s just another challenge, and makes it that little bit cooler when someone who normally avoids instrumental music tells you they enjoyed the show and walks away with your album in hand!
Boris: I don’t think its a massive disadvantage being only an instrumental band, I actually really like instrumental music like “Explosions In The Sky” , “This Will Destroy You” , “Animals As Leaders” and more…the thing is it’s true that people like to sing words along the songs in general at a live show but during a Chimp Spanner show you can still see people singing!! Not words this time but Paul’s lead guitar and that’s a win as well :)
Jim: Absolutely not. Progressive music in all of it’s numerous forms definitely has a place in the realm of live music, as does instrumental music. Especially in Chimp Spanner where there is so much layering and background stuff happening that it would definitely fog Paul’s vision. Think of his lead guitar as vocal lines and you’re starting to get the right idea!
Swanny: I dont think we’re at a disadvantage by not having vocals, I mean Animals as Leaders are doing alright. Concerning the review, I think it was Tom Yorke that said ‘Opinions are like arseholes everyone has them and they all stink’ or something like that.
The band in action. Photo: Proghippie
8. You are back home now, what are the 3 main things you miss about home when you are on the road?
Paul: Ah that’s dead easy! Parents, cats, and a cup of tea in my own warm bed. I know that last one is kind of two. But it’s still allowed right?
Boris: I dunno, I don’t really miss anything but I can tell you 3 things I don’t miss when I’m at home: paying your bills, doing your washing and cleaning your house haha :) (thats basically what I had to do when I came back home)
Jim: A clean toilet with an almost limitless supply of TP, a powerful hot shower and not having to rely on eating out all the time! Forget trying to find food in a town centre when you finish a show at 9.30 on a Sunday night!
Swanny: My girlfriend, clean boxers, cooking food for myself.
9. The next Basick tour is ‘Safer Than Home’ with Visions and Aliases. You guys were on tour with Aliases earlier in the year and it’s well known the band are completely nuts, any advice for Visions?
Paul: While I haven’t toured with Visions, somehow I imagine they’re capable of equal amounts of craziness. But yeah just be prepared to drink. A lot. And if anyone suggests play fighting with Leah or Pin, just don’t do it. It will end badly. Can’t believe I got my ass kicked by a girl.
Boris: YEAH!! Take care of Leah or you will have some sambucca going down your throat without you even notice it. And don’t ever ever play rugby with PIN, he was actually playing in the national rugby team, basically if you do you’re gonna be destroy haha.
Jim: The guys in Aliases are dead safe, no pun intended! We actually played a date in Peterborough with Visions on the TYBYWY tour with Aliases, and I think everyone got on well! There was that one night on Brighton Beach where everyone let their hair down, though..!
Swanny: If you think Aliases are nuts then you havent met Visions. Jokes…ummm take a taser!
10. You have a new release coming soon on Basick Records - can you share any top secret stuff with us?
Paul: Darker. Heavier. Denser. I think that’s about it…
Boris: EEuu wait if its top secret how can I share it, I’m confuse now lol :) noooo we are actually learning some new songs from the upcoming EP and I’m sure you guys are gonna love it as much as I do !!! STAY TUNED !!!
Jim: That’s not for me to say! But the good thing about the role I play within Chimp Spanner is I’m playing live guitar for one of my favourite songwriters, so I get to remain a fan AND get all the inside scoops on everything Paul’s doing! The new stuff that we’re all learning in preparation for a weekend of rehearsals in a few weeks time is a fair bit heavier than the songs on ATDE in their current form - I’m secretly hoping Paul ‘Chimps’ it up a bit more ;)
Swanny: It’s even cheesier, even heavier, even more hard to play and doesn’t have any vocals, fuck you prog haters!!!!!
The man, the legend, Paul Ortiz aka Chimp Spanner. Photo: Proghippie
11. Any last words for the people who came out to see you on tour?
Paul: Thanks so much to everyone who managed to make it to a show. Every hand shake and kind word really means a lot to us, so just keep an eye on the band page…we’ll be back!
Boris: A MASSIVE thank for those who came down to one of the shows or more and bought some merch from us as well. It actually really does help us doing tours and stuff !!!! Hope to see you all very soon !!!
Jim: Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and see us for a second time after TYBYWY - most of you said the show had been stepped up to the next level, so that was really awesome! Also thanks to everyone who bought T-Shirts, Posters and CDs and everyone else who had let us know they had a good time! Hope you come out and see us again next time!
Swanny: Thank you all so much for supporting this music, without you there wouldn’t be a scene and as long as people still keep coming out, we’ll still keep playing face melting metullz. 1OVE
More info: Chimp Spanner Shows
CIRCLES: Official Video Shoot
What could this be?! A script for an official video shoot by our very own Aussie superstars Circles? The guys are working hard on the promotion of their recent debut mini album ‘The Compass’ and playing a string of live dates across Australia with many more to be announced. Shooting begins this Sunday for one of the tracks from The Compass, so stay tuned to see the final results and some out takes sometime in the future!
The guys have previously made a jam video for ‘Clouds are Gathering’ - which we loved, see below. But the new video promises to be something MORE, more Circles, more awesome, more…everything!
If you haven’t yet checked out the bands latest release, you can stream it for FREE from the Basick Records bandcamp and pick up your own copy other outlets such as iTunes , Play.Com , Basick Store, JB Hi-Fi (Australia), and many many other outlets online and in stores.
Check out what the guys had to say about the recording process…
Interview: James Monteith (Basick Records/TesseracT) interviewed by Perry Kakridas (Circles)
We thought it about time that we did some TEAM BASICK interviews, catching up with the team behind the label. Who better to start with than James Monteith, Basick Records veteran, press guru, ambassador, resident drunk and guitarist in TesseracT as well as being a partner in the Music PR firm Hold Tight! PR. We threw him into the bear pit with Perry Kakridas, front man of Basick signings Circles and what followed is one of the most surreal interviews you may witness this year.
NAME: James Monteith
WEAPON: Guitar for Tesseract (Century Media) and spazzfingers for Basick (keyboard genius)
BAND: Tesseract (Century Media)
Interviewed by: Perry from Circles
Perry: So, how’s the US tour going? I heard that you signed some boobs.. Please elaborate, SLOWLY.
James: Tour is going great.. The shows have been well attended with a fair few people turning out who know us which is amazing. PTH and Maylene are great guys have been fun to hang out with. Canada was super snowy, Texas was viciously sunny, we have a shitty van that stinks of rotten fast food, farts and armpits. So all is good!
Yeah we signed boobs. You see we’re big shots now and do this kind of stuff. The signee came over in a sweaty tight white t shirt, clearly wanting some Tesseraction. The t-shirt was tight on the boobs and if you looked closely the shapes of slightly erect nipples could be made out. We each signed the curves of the ample breasts, except for Dan who went straight for the nipple. It was crazy.
(Now If we just quickly skip over the fact that it was a larger man, that’d be great.) Living the dream.
Perry: Mmmm.. So you’re touring on the back of your first album, One. How do you think it’s been received?
James: Really well! We couldn’t have asked for a better response from people. We’re seriously humbled by the fact that people 1000s of miles away from home dig what we do. Most of the reviews have been great too, which is nice!
Perry: Alright now, shut up about your band for a minute. We all know about bloody TesseracT. What the hell do you do over at Basick Records?
James: At the moment not much.. Haha Well I guess I’m acting as a US ambassador! Most nights on tour I’ve had people ask about Basick and taken the opportunity to plug the bands. There’s this band called Circles who I’ve been talking about a bit. I like to describe them as heavy prog rock with a hint of pugwall. Sound about right? People have been asking after Aliases too, and I obviously say they’re the best band in the world, because I’m scared of Leah.
I started at Basick doing press, but I’m not doing much of that at the moment due to other commitments.
Perry: Basick Records? Never heard of him. Hold Tight! PR does some great work on the other hand, which brings me to my next question…Why in the hell would they want you?
James: Good question. I can barely write, I can’t spell, I’m disorganized and I like to get drunk and say inappropriate things to the wrong people. They’re mugs.
Perry: Alrighty….Market this band. 1, 2, 3.. GO! (Nickleback)
James: A master of facial hair growth, Chad Kruger ups the ante with his latest effort. His hair flows smoothly from short to long in subtle waves of beauty, but still retaining the jagged edges that are crucial to its genius. If well groomed tidy facial hair is a vital part of your musical experience, make sure you pick up some Nickleback now!
Perry: You almost had convinced me there for a minute. But then I remembered it was Nickleback ;) Speaking of which, what did you have for breakfast?
James: Steak and eggs.
Perry: Delightful. Study this picture from a calendar I just saw at someone’s house. If we can agree that there is a GIANT rooster in this photo.. Then who laid those eggs? Also is the house (in the top right-hand corner) really small, or are the children (and rooster) just really, really BIG? Also, why do non-Kentucky Fried chickens scare me? Discuss…
James: Well maybe the rooster is a homaphradite (check spelling!) (check it yourself you lazy git…Lisa x) and is capable of reproduction? We must not forget this tiny but significant group in the chicken community. That would be highly ignorant and disrespectful. Either that or they were laid earlier by a chicken, or the kids are chickens in disguise.Those houses are for locking up the children I think..
I don’t think Kentucky Fried Chickens are actually chicken, so I guess your fear simply stems from a deep inner hatred to the whole chicken race.
Perry: Look at this screenshot. Just like the previous question, this picture has nothing to do with you.
James: I get a semi whenever I see those shoulders.
Tesseract are on tour now, their debut album ‘One’ is also out now and you can pick it up here.
Not content with a little interview - we decided that each of the team should complete a little survey about their team mate as well….
1 - Sum up James in 3 words:
Barley: lanky groove-ridden boozehound
Chad: BIG. TALL. TEDDY. (BEAR)
Lisa: Rum guzzling rockstar
Sean: Pure sound, man
2 - What does James do at Basick:
Barley: That’s actually a VERY good question…
Chad: Brushes his long locks of hair 100 times on each side…nothing gets that beautiful all by itself!
Lisa: HAHAHAHHAHAH! He looks really good in our t-shirts ;)
Sean: Makes us think we suffer from dyslexia.
3 - If James were an animal, which one would he be:
Barley: James IS an animal.
Chad: Giraffe…need I say more!?!
Lisa: 3 toed sloth. Slow, wide eyed, massively hairy, hangs…in…trees?!
Sean: Giraffe, duh!
4 - James’ most attractive feature:
Barley: Shouting SLAYYYEEEERRRR at the top of his voice when drunk.
Chad: Are you asking me this question to see if I am attracted???
Lisa: His wife.
Sean: His awkward beauty.
5 - James’ most annoying habit:
Barley: Shouting SLAYYYEEEERRRR at the top of his voice when drunk.
Sean: He only tells me he loves me when he’s drunk. Hurts my heart feelings, man.
6 - In a fight between James and Jim Carrey, who would win and why?
Barley: Doppelganger! I seriously doubt that you’d be able to tell who was coming out on top. They are one and the same.
Chad: James because he would outwit Jim Carrey…Jim Carrey broke up with Jenny McCarthy….he can’t be too bright!!!
Lisa: I hope James…Jim Carrey is annoying as hell.
Sean: I would like to see Jim Carrey try to suplex James through a table.
7 - Rate James’ taste in music….
Barley: Pretty damn good, that’s why he’s here :) And like the rest of us, he’s also never afraid to pin his heart on his sleeve for some utterly rubbish bands too.
Chad: Well, he is in TesseracT…his taste of music can’t be judged!
Lisa: SLAYYEEEEEEERRRR. James has possibly the worst taste in music. Ever.
Sean: On a scale of Bad to Exquisite, his taste is Exquisite.
8 – I like James because……
Barley: He shouts SLAYYYEEEERRRR at the top of his voice when drunk.
Chad: Because I always see him wearing an ADO shirt!
Lisa: He makes me look good ;)
Sean: He’s pure sound, man.
Feature! Djent - the founding fathers watch their djenre grow up
Music PR company Hold Tight! have written an article on the Djent scene, the founding bands and what the future holds for the movement. Including quotes from bands such as TesseracT, Chimp Spanner and record labels including Century Media and ourselves, it’s definitely worth a read.
Basick Records boss Barley is quoted in the article saying…
Nathan “Barley” Phillips, Director of UK based metal label Basick Records, home to bands such as Circles, Aliases, Ion Dissonance adds, “Whether we’ve been aware of it or not, I guess BASICK RECORDS has always had a part to play in this new scene, right from the labels inception. The funny thing is, we’ve been around it for a few years already, watching things grown and develop and those close to us are already sick of hearing the word DJENT, over and over, whilst others are literally just finding their feet with it. I’m one of the rare people who doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. I’m of the opinion that you should just take it for what it is: A WORD. Ultimately, if this is the word that is being used to describe technically challenging and boundary pushing,intelligent Metal, then that’s good enough for me.”
To read the full piece - click here.
INTERVIEW: Perry Kakridas (Circles)
Last week we announced our most recent signing, Australian djentmongers Circles. For a while now the internet has been ablaze with chatter about Circles and their cutting edge production techniques with some altogether killer guitar work. We were mesmerised by not only their song writing ability by also by their incredible vocal delivery.
Set for release via BASICK in Spring 2011, the band’s debut 6-track EP ‘The Compass’, combines musical influences from technically minded bands such as Periphery and Textures, whilst simultaneously drawing lyrical and vocal comparisons to the early works of Incubus and Faith No More.
We caught up with frontman and lung athlete Perry to discuss/draw his vision for the future of Circles.
NAME: Perry Kakridas
2. What do you do in the band?
3. You are our newest signing, what attracted you to work with Basick for this release?
4. Your debut EP “The Compass” is out in the Spring – if there was one thing you would want a listener to get from your music, what would it be?
5. Any plans to do shows in the UK/Europe?
6. What are three things you would like to accomplish with the band in the next year?
7. You guys are from Australia, which seems to be awash with awesome music at the moment, who else should we be watching out for?
8. Barley is making me ask this – how many shrimps can you fit on your barbie? *sorry*
To arrange an interview with CIRCLES or to request a promo copy, please contact lisa@Holdtightpr.com
INTERVIEW: PIN aka The Guvnor (Aliases, SikTh)
Back in the early 2000’s the UK’s tech metal community was bouncing around and salivating like paedos at a birthday party to the sounds of SikTh. Heralded by many as one of the best bands of the last decade, their spazz-prog-jizzfest lasted an all too short 9 years and produced 2 studio albums. In 2008 they closed the doors and widdly beeped out their final riff and the tech world was devastated. Harrumph!
Fast forward a few years and the new breed of metal has flourished, drowning the landscape in Djent-a-likes, crabcore, piratecore, crunkcore, brocore (Hugh Platt - Thrash Hits might have invented this), and everything in between. A lot has changed in the Tech metal arena - UK bands such Architects and The Arusha Accord have flown the flag but with recent reviews that Architects latest offering is more melodic, less tech oriented and verging on more commercial sounding - a gap in the tech market has appeared, ready to be filled.
One man is on a mission to take back the tech title with his new band Aliases - “The Guvnor” otherwise known as Pin has spent the last few years honing and crafting their sound ready to infect the eardrums of all and sundry. He’s back with his trademark manky fast finger fuckery that blew apart SikTh audiences night after night.
Now signed to Basick and finalising their forthcoming CD which is due for release Spring/Summer 2011 - I caught up with Pin to address the pressing questions we all want to know.
BAND: Aliases - http://www.facebook.com/aliasesband
Why should folk listen to Aliases?
Because it’s the way forward and who knows what is going to happen next. We will keep pushing the music forward whilst delivering songs you wont forget!
How do you describe your music to people?
Something beautiful but extremely cruel at the same time, definitely the buyer of treats who smashes them in your face just as your eyes light up… there are no limits or boundaries on a voyage to no-one knows where.
What are three things you would like to accomplish with the band in the next year?
1 - Epic amounts of touring worldwide, Azerbaijan you name it!
2 - Not killing each other partying (this is now a major concern).
3- To keep doing what we are doing, moving forward onto more releases and hopefully success!
Wildest band moment?
Well I don’t know about wildest but the other night, Nathan (Basick) came up for a businessy type visit to check up on the progress of the CD. We then decided to have a quiet drink, which turned into full blown carnage, there was blood playing darts, pints flying everywhere, people flying everywhere, serious amounts of alcohol consumed and you know it’s all gone wrong when the night ends up with Joe (bass) glassing Jay (vox) in the face. (Edit…didn’t Leah also get stabbed with scissors! - Lisa)
So, how often do you guys get naked together and where’s the best vantage point for photos?
We technically don’t get naked together, although the stealth testicles have appeared on photos with increasing frequency. If you want a vantage point to spy on us naked you are a wrong un and should watch out for incoming face height spades.
You eat the magic muffin. What now?
Has this muffin magically appeared or does it have magical erm harry potter powers (which it can’t have due to Harry Potter magic being bollocks)? Either way no muffins have been eaten in the world since Joey D started smashing them, so me eating the magic muffin isn’t going to happen. Now I shall just get on with writing some more tunes.
Do you consider curling a legitimate Olympic event?
Yes it’s absolutely gripping, some may say spyaunting, I mean just check this shit out, if you watch that and don’t want to go curling immediately you are probably dead.
Interview by Lisa Basick.
Catch Aliases on tour in April with Chimp Spanner and Cyclamen
Want to interview any of Aliases - contact email@example.com