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FREE Basick Records 2012 Sampler - MERRY CHRISTMAS!



To wish all our fans, friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and special New Year, we’ve teamed up with AMAZON to release a FREE sampler featuring some of our favourite tracks from the BASICK roster.

This NEW sampler features tracks from recent signings SKYHARBOR, BLOTTED SCIENCE and THE ALGORITHM, as well as stunning work from CHIMP SPANNER, ALIASES, CIRCLES, MONUMENTS, UNEVEN STRUCTURE and many, many more.

Did we mention it’s FREE?!
Pick it up at Amazon TODAY! (UK)

(For countries who  have restrictions and are having problems accessing Amazon - pick up the FREE SAMPLER here: http://basickrecords.bandcamp.com/album/basick-2012-sampler)

1. CHIMP SPANNER - Dark Age Of Technology 04:15 
2. CIRCLES - Act III 05:40 
3. MONUMENTS - The Uncollective (instrumental) 03:51 
4. SKYHARBOR - Celestial (edit) 04:03 
5. UNEVEN STRUCTURE - Awaken (edit) 04:40 
6. 7 HORNS 7 EYES - The Winnowing 05:35 
7. BLOTTED SCIENCE - A Sting Operation - Human Barbequed 02:21 
8. ION DISSONANCE - This Is The Last Time I Repeat Myself 04:36 
9. THE ARUSHA ACCORD - The Resurgent 03:26 
10. ALIASES - The Reality Of Beliefs 03:40 
11. VISIONS - Oceans 04:59 
12. THE ALGORITHM - Isometry 03:06

VISIONS release FREE download of brand new track

Rising stars in the UK tech scene VISIONS have released a FREE download of their brand new track - 'Attentive: Reverie' - available for fans worldwide from the BASICK website - http://basickrecords.com/free_visions_track

As the closing track on the bands debut album ‘Home’, you wont want to miss this incredible record when it hits stores on July 18th 2011 via Basick Records. Engineered by Browne and Neema from MONUMENTS and mixed by Paul Antonio Ortiz from CHIMP SPANNER, the debut ‘Home' delivers 10 breath-taking tracks of well considered, yet truly organic tech-metal. Pre-orders are available NOW from Basick Records.

With their unique take on a genre that is often plagued with copycat bands and unoriginal ideas, VISIONS have rapidly risen through the ranks since their inception back in 2009 supporting bands including Emmure, iwrestledabearonce, A Textbook Tragedy, Sylosis, The Arusha Accord and Exit Ten. Following the release of their album in July the band will tour the UK and Europe later this year. Also, keep your eyes stuck to the net in the coming days for the exclusive first play of ‘Desinent’, the bands brand new video!

To get a promo copy to review or for airplay/interview - contact Lisa @ Hold Tight! PR

To celebrate our recent deals with Century Media and Warner ADA, we are offering all of our new listeners a nice big slab of BASICK, for free!
Click here to download the sampler

To celebrate our recent deals with Century Media and Warner ADA, we are offering all of our new listeners a nice big slab of BASICK, for free!

Click here to download the sampler

Run Calum Run - Basick endorsed!

When Calum Harvie got in touch with us recently to tell us about his fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support we couldn’t help but want to get involved. Not only is Calum raising money for a good cause by running (tries to stifle all Forrest Gump jokes), but his playlist to run to is rather awesome, sometimes questionable, never dull! Some of you will know Calum as the former Editor of Zero Tolerance Mag, others as one of the UK’s most prolific music writers/bread bloggers - however you know him, please dig deep and support this cause. Most of us have been affected at some point, in some way by Cancer - whether personally or within our families. Let’s see what the Dancing Queen has to say for himself ;)

A/S/L?

NAME: Calum Harvie
A: 36
S: Questionable
L: Fife, Scotland


What do you do?

Freelance writer specialising in the murky worlds of extreme music and culture. Filth and perversity are my forte, I guess.


Tell us a bit about which charity you are supporting and how you plan to raise funds for your noble cause.

I’m raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year some friends lost a close and very dear family member to cancer and they mentioned to me how invaluable they had found the support provided by Macmillan. I’m a runner, so it made sense to me to put my running to good use and raise money for Macmillan. So throughout 2011 I’m doing at least one race / event per month – they range in distance from 5K through to marathon and beyond. Some events are more ‘sensible’ than others – doing a 10K is one thing, doing an ultramarathon or taking part in a cycle / run from the west to east coasts of Scotland is quite something else! I guess I might fall apart by the end of the year, haha.


How can people get involved?

There are a number of ways. First and foremost, people can sponsor me at www.justgiving.com/calumharvie – no amount is too small and every penny will make a massive difference to Macmillan.  I have a blog where I’m regularly posting with my fairly random musings on running, and the races I’m doing. It’s at: http://runcalumrun.blogspot.com. Finally, those with a Twitter account can follow me at www.twitter.com/runcalumrun. Apologies in advance for the shite jokes and regular references to gay Euro-disco.


You get goody bags at the end of races – best and worst things you’ve discovered in them?

Best thing ever is always something edible like an energy / cereal bar or such. I quite like collecting race tshirts as souvenirs too, so they’re always welcome. But you do sometimes get REALLY random things in goody bags. Fajita seasoning, anyone? Don’t get me wrong, I love fajitas. But after having done a hard race, the last thing I intend to do in the immediate aftermath is grab a frying pan and portable stove and start cooking in the middle of a field. I’m a runner, not Ray fucking Mears!

What are your current top tracks for getting your sweat on?

The best song ever is Painkiller by Judas Priest, especially when running a particularly brutal hill section. Anything powerful and anthemic works wonders, which is why metal is perfect for running. Well, most metal. Some grindcore can be tricky to run too. Ever tried running to You Suffer by Napalm Death? You don’t get very far, that’s for sure. Weather conditions will determine what I like listening to as well. When it’s cold and foggy (as it usually seems to be around here) then I LOVE listening to ’90s Norwegian black metal; Emperor, especially. Pop anthems are ace too – Abba and Bee Gees are permanently on my iPod, ditto Take That, Erasure, Petshop Boys, Bronski Beat


Cool down tracks?

In all honesty, I need to be better at doing cool downs after a run. My training sessions, other than when I’m out with  my running club, tend to go along the lines of: warm up-run-stop. If I did cool downs more regularly then I guess something more chilled would be the best thing to listen to. Or maybe prog. I can imagine Rush working well.


Favourite basick artist?

Can I pick two? Ta. In which case, Monuments and Chimp Spanner.


Some of the best interviewee’s you’ve ever had?

I’ve a few for different reasons. Devin Townsend, for the Fozzy Bear impressions; Abbath (Immortal) for his hilariously shite Scottish accent; Deicide’s Glen Benton for his advice on laminate flooring; Tom Fischer (Celtic Frost / Triptykon) because I’m such a fanboy; Jason Mendonca of Akercocke for doing an interview and basting roast potatoes at the same time.

Worst ever interviewee?

Interviewing Jessie Pintado (Terrorizer) was a bit like pulling teeth for a while; I think he’d just woken up or something. Another interviewee, who I won’t name, had injured themselves shortly before doing an interview with me and had been taking some super strong painkillers which meant that they were so out of it they would start a sentence and then forget what they were talking about a few seconds later.

How do you feel about cheese?

I feel very strongly about cheese! I love blue cheese – stuff that makes you sweat when you eat it. Processed shite can get to fuck. Here’s an awesome sandwich: toasted english muffin, Isle of Mull mature cheddar and marmite, with a wee scraping of Branston pickle. God-like.

What would your ideal miniaturised height be?

Wee enough to fit in your back pocket :)

Basick bands staging an uprising / clothing coup (Hoodie Gate!) against record label boss Barley. Seems to be instigated by TesseracT guitarist James (our press guru) and Leah from Aliases, helped along the way by several members of Monuments and Nik Alexander who should know better!!! Backstage at the League of Extraordinary Djentlemen Tour.

The Basick Legion wave goodbye to 2010 

As we kick off 2011 in style, the Basick legion of fans, friends and family reflect on what was so amazing for them in 2010. Hopefully we’ve got everyone included - if you did an interview and you can’t see it, get in touch with us on facebook. Lisa x


Mark Anthony Weller


2010 was epic because OF THE RETURN OF PIN.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was Wintersun.

Best gig of 2010 was Veil of Maya.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was.. hmmm cant really say there is anything.

Funniest thing of 2010 was some local band.

Biggest let down of 2010 was FellSilent splitting.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
Daz from Aliases, be an even bigger miserable bastard and film it for my enjoyment!

In 2011 I will mostly be in uni hoping to get a band together.

Basick Records is epic.


Huthaifa Al-Rawi 


2010 was epic because it was a (Djenty Year)!

Record I listed to most in 2010 was Periphery’s debut album

Best gig of 2010 was Dream Theater in Columbus-OH (July ‘10) & Joe Satriani (Detroit-Dec’10))

Most Under-rated thing of 2010 was Wikileaks!

Funniest thing of 2010 was Billy Cosby Jam with Satch on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show

Biggest Let down of 2010 was (the blast that killed NZ Miners )

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?

with Chimp Spanner! and I’d live his dream’s edge !

In 2011 I will mostly be working on my music, jamming with other musicians, practicing more, studying, working and enjoying life!

Basick Records ROCKS, stay Ba(SICK!)) :)


Mark Molchan

2010 was epic because… I FINALLY GOT A BASICK HOODIE

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… Tesseract’s Concealing Fate ep

Best gig of 2010 was… probably The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen!

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was… I would say The Ocean’s Anthropocentric!

Biggest let down of 2010 was… there was no Canadian tour :(

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? Either the bass player from Monuments or Joseph Battimelli and play a gig with these guys!

In 2011 I will mostly be…. hoping for a Canadian tour!

Basick Records is…. one of my favorite things ever !


Joseph DiRusso


2010 was epic because… Aliases and Ion Dissonance signed to Basick

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… not sure… I rocked alot this year… http://www.last.fm/elitedivine

Best gig of 2010 was… Euroblast even tho I didnt get to attend the roster was epic

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was... Radience - the burning sun

Funniest thing of 2010 was.… Me thinking Cloudkicker signed to Basick and posting it

Biggest let down of 2010 was… the fact Cloudkicker didnt sign to Basick

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
Chimpy… I would drink tea and pet his cat in his flat.

In 2011 I will mostly be.… anticipating Basicks new signing announcement… wink wink

Basick Records is…. SuperSlickSexySmoothHipAndAlternative ♥


Joe Wheeler

2010 was epic because - my music taste was well and truly raped by record companies such as yours :’) plus I got to see over 30 brilliant bands.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was- Meshuggah - Obzen.

Best gig of 2010 was - Basick Luton free gig.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was - that gig ^^^

Funniest thing of 2010 was- Attack Attack vs Annotations of an Autopsy.

Biggest let down of 2010 was- Paul Grey passing.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? - Paul Ortiz- so I can witness what it feels like to own so many awesome instruments and play em like can.

In 2011 I will mostly be- doing…something, no plans yet.

Basick Records is- the way forward.


Lyn Smith

2010 has been epic because Basick reached its 5th birthday and Barley had the nuts to go full time! Onwards and upwards :)

Record I listened to most in 2010 was - At the Dreams Edge, Chimp Spanner

Best gig of 2010 was Lady Gaga at the O2, .. OH and Monuments and Chimp in Milton Keynes and Monuments and Chimp at the Basick party and Tesseract at both of those lol.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was - How proud of Barley I am :)

Funniest thing of 2010 was - Lisas Tesseract pie!

Best thing about Basick - Everyone is so NICE !!!!!! XXXX

Barleys naked shoulders, yes or no? -Thats my boy :)

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? : James’ wife, so I could look after the babies while he whisks her away for a lovely weekend, he is away from home so often, she deserves it :)


What will you be doing 2011?- Watching and waiting for Basick world domination!

New Year resolution for Basick - To stock ladies and kids tees and Chimpy big slippers :)
               


Paul Cole

2010 was epic because for the first time in years, I actually lost count of how many amazing bands and albums surfaced all at once! It was a particularly good year for tech metal and such too, which just so happens to be right up my street!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was Animals as Leaders self titled album. Even though it wasn’t a 2010 release it was so damn good its been on ever since I bought it. Having said that, ‘At the dream’s edge’ and ‘We are the Foundation’ are right up there too ;)

Best gig of 2010 was without a doubt Monuments supporting Winds of Plague at Six Feet Under in Newport, S. Wales in November. I’m in a few bands that have always tried to be a bit more technical than most, and watching someone pull it off as well as Browne and co. did that night is a huge inspiration. Absolutely killed :)

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was probably ‘Senjyu’, Cyclamen’s debut album. I hadn’t heard massive amounts of hype about it, and when it came out the first few opinions i caught weren’t promising. But what an album! Had a preview and just had to go and buy it. So musically diverse it’s unreal, plus it has some of the most inventive songwriting since Sikth in my opinion!

Funniest thing of 2010 was Browne’s hair at that W.O.P gig in Newport. Truly it is one of the modern wonders of the universe. And pretty damn fly to boot.

Biggest let down of 2010 was Viatrophy splitting up. I wouldn’t call it a let down as such because I saw a lot of awesome shows, and it was down to band members deciding to do something else in life - so I’m guessing it wasn’t an easy thing for them to go through with either. But they were kick ass, and will be missed! RIP

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? That’s a good one… It’d have to be with one of the guitarists from Monuments I reckon. What would I do? Oh, I’d go on tour with TesseracT and Periphery and jam the fk out! And help finishing the album. The world seriously needs to hear that stuff! Plus, jamming with two ex Fellsilent members and several other seriously tight musicians onstage would be one hell of an experience.

In 2011 I will mostly be writing, recording and gigging. It’s hardly on the scale of these guys yet but hey, we’ve all gotta start somewhere right? Haha I’m not gonna plug my band here, but we’ll come out of the woodwork when this records ready :) When I’m not doing that I’m gonna be going to see Aliases cos they’ve escaped me so far!

Basick Records is where it’s at! Get wise people ;)


Aaquib Wani


2010 was epic because… I got to see TesseracT and Meshuggah on the same day!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… Undying Inc(Album - Aggressive World Dynasty), TesseracT EP, Monuments EP, Meshuggah Discographia, Periphery(Self titled)

Best gig of 2010 was… Meshuggah, TesseracT and Undying Inc(Indian Band) live on the same day in India itself!!

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was... A lot of good Indian metal bands getting unnoticed!

Biggest let down of 2010 was… Despised Icon & Fellsilent breaking up.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
Haha! I think everyone at Basick is doing a killer job! Mad props to you guys! Well, given choice why not you Lisa? Haha :P

In 2011 I will mostly be….Super Djent. Meshuggah’s, TesseracT’s, Monuments, Textures and alot of albums lined up! Should be a killer year!

Basick Records is…. Best thing for the underground scene. But no more underground cause of its work :)


Howie Tong

2010 was epic because… Chimps On Death Row were formed ;)

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… Probably “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” by Coheed & Cambria.

Best gig of 2010 was… Well I’d have to say Chimps On Death Row at The Box, Crewe. It may sound like a shameless self plug, but for me it was the best in terms of my own journey as a musician. It was a milestone event for the band, and we kicked ASS!

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…Most things I’m into I fancy…

Funniest thing of 2010 was….2010 was mostly a joke…

Biggest let down of 2010 was…Me not achieving everything I wanted to this year. Hopefully 2011 will be my year!

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
Gotta be Lisa right!? Haha, what wouldn’t I do! ;)

In 2011 I will mostly be….Gigging and making an EP (hopefully).

Basick Records is….Like being told not to fiddle under the covers, doing it out of defiance, and then rather loving it.


Rick Fortier


2010 was epic because… I graduated College with a degree in Music Industry Management, will it be useful? We will see.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… The Podium of Lies by We Are The Illusion, Creations by An Obscure Signal, or Periphery by Periphery.

Best gig of 2010 was… The Legacy tour in Baltimore, MD w/Darkest Hour, Veil of Maya, Periphery and An Obscure Signal

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was… The Physical CD.

Funniest thing of 2010 was…. South Park’s Creme Fraiche and Shake Weight Episode. Actually, this is just the most recent thing that came to mind!

Biggest let down of 2010 was… Probably not the biggest let down, but most recent for me was After the Burials new album.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?

Monuments, and I would tour the States and make sure to have a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oh wait, only 48 hours? I would change spots with Barley and sign We Are The Illusion… HAHA.

In 2011 I will mostly be…. Looking for a job in the so called music industry as well as managing a few bands and enjoying life!

Basick Records is…. A reputable up-and-coming label. Very personable to their fan-base, and they have begun to develop a quality brand for themselves. I can’t wait to see what type of expansion or plans they have for 2011. Bringing quality music to music lovers worldwide.


Carl Sewell - The Legacy Agency


2010 was epic because we had another successful year and are very proud of all our artists!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was H20 - Nothing to prove

Best gig of 2010 was Gallows Bedford Esquires

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was my cats ability to play fetch

Funniest thing of 2010 was my girlfriend asking why barcelona weren’t in the world cup.

Biggest let down of 2010 was students covering historical statues in graffiti during their protests

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? 100% would be with barley and I’d sit in his big ol’ office chair all day and just sing my special ‘I am barley’ song over and over again….

In 2011 I will mostly be seen at shows with a fag in one hand and a cider in the other.

Basick Records is like a brother to me.


Tom Callan

2010 was epic because so many truly amazing bands surfaced and rocked the world of music and set it a blaze.

Record I  listened to most in 2010 was either At the Dreams Edge by Chimp Spanner , Beacons by Cloudkicker or Blue Sky Noise by Circa Survive.

Best gig of 2010 was Alter Bridge or a local band called Always the Quiet Ones. I didnt get a chance to see many bands live this year and when I did these are the only two that managed to deliver.

Most under rated thing of 2010 was or is entrosolet, this band is due to kick some ass in 2011 and more people should be aware that is band is around.

Funniest thing of 2010 was ummm I dont really know there is to many things that happened, I wouldnt know where to start, it wasnt the bad of year as many people has said its been.

Biggest let down of 2010 was easily Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? I wouldnt change places with any of them but rather join them and make Basick bigger badder than ever and then conquer the world !

In 2011 I will mostly be writing , recording my own music and trying to go as many gigs as humanly possible. 

Basick Record is clearly a label for the people, run by the people!


Adam Barrett

2010 was epic because it was the year I discovered Basick Records and the whole “Djent” scene in general.

Record I listened to most in 2010 must have been Fellsilent - Hidden Words or Periphery’s Debut.

Best gig of 2010 was seeing Nevermore at Islington O2 academy.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was the power of “bedroom” producing.

Funniest thing of 2010 was watching Periphery’s Studio diary videos(which were really more pissing about than studio diaries!)

Biggest Letdown of 2010 was not being able to see Monuments at Norwich or TesseracT not releasing ‘One’.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? I wouldn’t want to change places, I would like to get on the Basick roster on my own accords and efforts.

In 2011 I will mostly be working on getting some ome of my music out there.

Basick Records is easily one of the best Record Labels I have come across.


Tom Race

2010 was epic because…was the beginning of the future!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was…Breach: Kollapse

Best gig of 2010 was…Centurions Ghost / Hesper Payne: Terrorizer Grindhouse Manchester Vol 1

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…Furze’s new album

Funniest thing of 2010 was….Englands failure to deal with slippery surfaces

Biggest let down of 2010 was…Getting ill while watching Mayhem

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
I’d swap places with Lisa so I could molest her chinese husband.

In 2011 I will mostly be….Getting laid.

Basick Records is…. Full of widdly noises


Tom Horn

2010 was epic because… I made a black metal pilgrimage to Norway

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… to be honest, there is that much decent new new stuff coming out I probably have a new album per week, Chimp Cpanners up on the list great for the drive to work

Best gig of 2010 was… for me erm, out of over 50 bands seen - Immortal at Graspop Festival.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was...No Consequence, hands down, no contest.

Funniest thing of 2010 was…. actually seeing how many times Satan can jump up and down on a trampoline.

Biggest let down of 2010 was...cancellation of Volbeat tour.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do? Chimp Spanner, and play the drums dressed as a chimp, with er spanners.(not a chocy bar in sight)

In 2011 I will mostly be…. recording my at home death metal tribute- Tony Harts death metal band, with the album : metal-morph-osis ,see what I did there.(honestly, I am)

Basick Records is…. just coming down your street now, be there in 5 minutes.


Alex Fraser

2010 was epic because of all the amazing bands that put albums out. One of my favourites being Chimp Spanner.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was The Great Misdirect by Between the Buried and Me.

Best gig of 2010 was Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, Devin Townsend Project, and Scale the Summit.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was I’m not quite sure…

Funniest thing of 2010 was finding out that ALL female disney stars end up being sluts.

Biggest let down of 2010 was when I heard that Tymon and Robin were leaving Cynic.

If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?
Probably Paul Ortiz. I would then conquer the world with all of the skill that would pour out of my every orifice.

In 2011 I will mostly be working on music, listening to the Monuments album.

Basick Records is possibly the best record label ever made. And a bunch of really great people.


Merry Christmas - 3 Day Super Sale

Whilst Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice, the Basick elves are blasting out Ion Dissonance, guzzling Jack Daniels and sticking two fingers up at the institution by offering all customers the chance to own a bit of Basick for next to nothing in the annual Basick Records 3 day super sale. This is your last chance to pick up Basick bargains before we start to roll out loads of new stuff next year (and just a heads up…2011 is shaping up to be our busiest year yet!).

On December 29th, 30th and 31st 2010, all EPs in the store will be 99p, all albums £2.99, all tees £4.99 and our brand new hoodies are only £19.99!

All stock is limited, so get yourselves over there now and check out what’s on offer: http://www.basickrecords.com/store

Team Basick would like to thank you for your support this year. We’ll be back in 2011 with even more metal m/

Barley, James, Lisa, Sean x

Basick Birthday Bash - the blog.

On the 25th September 350 people descended upon Luton University Union to celebrate the 5th Birthday of Basick Records. Why Luton? Basick was born in Luton and label boss Barley decided to bring it home for a party to say thanks to everyone who has supported the label over its first 5 years.

Two of the Basick team are based in Scotland, Sean handles all the design and web development for Basick, whilst I look after the marketing and social media and we decided to fly down to celebrate with the rest of the Basick family. We weren’t the only ones flying in for the free event, people jetted in from America and Germany to attend.

We managed to arrive early to to catch Chimp Spanner’s sound check. In a few hours he’d be playing his first ever live gig, it was great to finally see him with a full band with no one else around.

Jay was busy setting up the Basick Merch Desk - full of our new illustrator series tee’s, new Ion Dissonance merch and loads of free sampler cd’s for everyone at the party.

Jay at the merch desk with Barley from Basick Records.

As the night began it became apparent that a lot of people that we speak to through the label on Twitter and Facebook were there. Social media, love it or hate it, you have to admit its great for bringing people together and nowhere was this more apparent than at the Basick Birthday Party. People I’d only ever seen as small avatars and odd screen names were suddenly all together in one room, watching bands we all discuss, review and follow online.

Some of the twitterati - giles triaxis, dizzydalek, cj_triaxis, legionaod, lisalovescheese and ross76 

More of the twitter crowd - yellowxander, girlfromtheship and katfromearth

Chimp Spanner took to the stage backed by members of Monuments to play a blinding first gig to an excited crowd. It sounds even better live than recorded! I spent most of this set with a massive grin on my face and it was amazing to hear his music come alive. Having played the set live, I’m sure that it will add an extra dimension to the next album he records.

Chimp Spanner’s first ever gig! (photo credit: Terry Smith)

Between the Screams (photo credit: Terry Smith)

Next up to the stage were Between the Screams who played to an emptier room as everyone had either hit the bar or were outside having a smoke! They ploughed on regardless and won over the crowd, preparing the way for the next act of the night - Monuments.

Monuments (photo credit: Terry Smith)

I met some of Monuments backstage who nervously proclaimed that they hadn’t played many gigs and they were playing new songs tonight and they hoped the set would go ok. I gave Browne (guitars) a big hug and reminded him he was playing to the Basick family and faithful fans so the most important thing was to enjoy it. And enjoy it they did, taking Chimp Spanner back on stage with them to fill out the guitars. The room filled up, a pit got going and the whole room at one point was a mass of wriggling bodies, with massive grins all enjoying the set. Monuments earlier worries were unfounded. If this set was anything to go by these guys are going to be massive and deservedly so.

And then it was the moment I had personally been waiting for. Tesseract. Unfortunately due to Dan, the vocalist being ill, they were doing an instrumental set. I felt a bit gutted as I’d flown from Scotland to specifically see them but from the very first song my reservations about an instrumental set were blown away. Whilst they played their first few opening bars - the crowd filled in for Dan and sang all the words, really loud. It was an absolutely beautiful moment and the pit was absolutely bouncing and Tesseract sounded massive.  I was lucky enough to be side stage for their set so I got to see both the band and the crowd reaction. These guys are without a doubt, going to do something very special. They’ve recently signed to Century Media and both Steve and Jens from CM were in the crowd to see their new signings play.

Some of the Basick family watching Tesseract: Chimp Spanner, Visions, Monuments

And all too quickly the night was over but the team had one final surprise up their sleeve for label boss Barley. Earlier in the week we’d surprised him with a happy birthday message board, packed with messages of support from our bands, the team, other label owners, friends, fans and family. At the end of the gig the team, led by Mama Basick and James Basick surprised Barley with a birthday cake onstage. Barley then took to the stage to accept the cake and thank everyone who’d come along to the event.

James from Tesseract/Basick introducing label boss Barley. (photocredit: Terry Smith)

Barley thanks the Basick fans for turning out to support the label

It was amazing to meet all the bands, the rest of the team and the whole Basick fanbase. If the first five years are anything to go by then the next five years are going to be even bigger, better and more explosive. Plans are already afoot for 2011 with albums from No Made Sense and Monuments expected and some surprise new signings!

Thanks to everyone who came to party with us, and if you didn’t get a free cd, you can download one for free from our website here.

Our next post will be a photoslide show showing more of the pics that we couldn’t fit into this blog from the event. We’ll see you at the next one! \m/

Lisa Basick 

Check out some of the gig reviews:


Cack Blabbath - http://www.cackblabbath.co.uk/basickbirthday.php

Sonic Shocks - http://www.sonicshocks.com/BASICK-RECORDS-5th-Birthday-Party.php

Wristbands for the Basick Birthday Party! It’s getting exciting now. If you are coming to the party you’ll get one of these on the door.
See you in Luton, tomorrow evening (Saturday) - come and say hello to me (look for the only girl on the Basick team).
Lisa x

Wristbands for the Basick Birthday Party! It’s getting exciting now. If you are coming to the party you’ll get one of these on the door.

See you in Luton, tomorrow evening (Saturday) - come and say hello to me (look for the only girl on the Basick team).

Lisa x

Team Basick were out last night in Luton putting up posters for our Birthday Party on Saturday. It’s gonna be an awesome night. Can’t wait!

Team Basick were out last night in Luton putting up posters for our Birthday Party on Saturday. It’s gonna be an awesome night. Can’t wait!