Our bands discuss their favourite Basick releases of the year.

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This year our label had some awesome releases including: 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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Kaan, vocals - No Consequence

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


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Keshav, guitar/evil genius - Skyharbor

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


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Ted Furuhashi, guitar - Circles

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



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Chad, vocals/pecs - A Dark Orbit 

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



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Aaron, guitars/mad professor - 7 Horns 7 Eyes

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



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Paul Green, vocals - The Arusha Accord

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


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Evan Dunn, vocals - Alaya

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


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

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

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No Consequence give away FREE track from new album!

No Consequence have today released a FREE copy of their new track ALL THAT’S LEFT (DEMO) from their forthcoming album. Grab a copy of the new tune » here «

No Consequence line up 2011

Simultaneously progressive, brutal and catchy, NO CONSEQUENCE are technically impressive without geek exclusivity and their genre crossing talent produces music that is as challenging to pigeonhole as it is to safely absorb.

Their debut album was released on Basick Records in 2009 entitled "In The Shadow Of Gods" to a receptive audience…

"Meshing big melodies with sizable savagery, impressive technicality, and an experimental sensibility that’s a joy to indulge." - ROCK SOUND

"This really is a blistering debut album, fast and ferocious but the one thing that you always feel when listening is that the guys are always completely in control. Every track and structure is measured and purposeful… taking technical to its full potential." - Thrash Hits

"This is simply a flawless debut album bursting with enthusiasm and invention and will sate the appetite of even the most hardened metal fan." - Sonic Abuse

Pick up a copy of their debut today for only £4.99 here or grab a digital copy at bandcamp to flesh out your back catalogue and await the new NO CONSEQUENCE album with heightened anticipation.

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We couldn’t let this special day pass without a cheeky little message  from the team and some of the Basick family for our glorious leader and  boss dog - Barley. Whilst he’s out bowling and generally having a lovely  time, we’re chained to our desks, working hard on forthcoming releases  for The Arusha Accord, Circles, Aliases and Visions…not to mention  some cheeky new signings we are announcing soon! So from everyone at Basick and the extended family - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARLEY!  See who you can pick out in the picture above from Team Basick and our band roster….

We couldn’t let this special day pass without a cheeky little message from the team and some of the Basick family for our glorious leader and boss dog - Barley. Whilst he’s out bowling and generally having a lovely time, we’re chained to our desks, working hard on forthcoming releases for The Arusha Accord, Circles, Aliases and Visions…not to mention some cheeky new signings we are announcing soon!

So from everyone at Basick and the extended family - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARLEY! 

See who you can pick out in the picture above from Team Basick and our band roster….

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

2010 through the eyes of our bands (pt1)

2010 was a busy year for all Basick bands, with releases, recording, tours, photoshoots, videos and everything in between. 2 front-men and one adventurous chimp discuss how 2010 was for them!

Chad Kapper - A Dark Orbit Vocalist, part time Gladiator, Survivor addict

2010 was epic because… Will Haven confirmed that they are writing a new record with Grady Avenell back on vocals. They are my biggest influence to date plus Grady is my biggest comparison and influence as well. He just has this intense, harsh, and raw power to his voice that really takes their music to the next level. I really believe he is in a class of his own. - he really sounds like no one else. Now I just need to get him to guest spot on an Orbit record and I am set!
 
Record I listened to most in 2010 was… HUM - “Downward Is Heavenward” - This record has been in regular rotation since it came out in the late 90’s! It has never left!!! I have never once got tired of listening to it! These guys are the kings of Space-rock and its a shame they were so underrated and overlooked. I really feel this album was their gem! It has everything you need-heavy guitars plus melodic vocals and great lyrics. Their sound was SO HUGE! I have had the privilege to see them live the 2 past reunion shows they have had and it was completely EPIC. Needless to say, they are a main influence of mine and regardless of the great releases each year, I always go back to this release and it sounds refreshing each time. I am so influenced by them, ADO decided to do a cover of their b-side track, “Boy With Stick” for our record “Parhelion”and a possible HUM Tribute album. If you don’t have this yet, please don’t waste any more time and pick up this HUM album immediately.
 
Best gig of 2010 was… This is a tie with the HUM (reunion) show at the Old Rock House in St. Louis in May and the ADO/Tesseract show we played in October at the Lemp Brewery. Great, great stuff!
 
Most under-rated thing of 2010 was… I am going to have to say the UK tv show SURVIVORS! I happened to fall upon this show flipping through Netflix and I must say this show has to be my 2nd favorite tv show ever, behind LOST and I am completely gutted that BBC did not renew for a 3rd series! I am begging for a 3rd series - so if you are reading this you head executives of BBC…get your S@%T together and please do just at least one more series of this amazing show to complete it all! You cannot leave me hanging with Tom on that plane and no conclusion to this cliffhanger!!! I am going to need this taken care of…TODAY!!!
 
Funniest thing of 2010 was…. When my 3 year old daughter Ava saw me recording vocals and she asked “May I try it?” and then proceeded to say “Come on Daddy, I can do that! No problem!” LOL! Wow…gotta love that confidence! Plus, she did get her set of lungs from her Daddy…she’s a loud one!…and she likes to headbang to heavy music. Now who would have taught her that??? Lol!
 
Best band moment of 2010 was… Playing with Tesseract at the haunted Lemp Brewery at the end of October.
 
If you could change places, with someone on the Basick roster for 48 hours, who would you change with and what would you do?… Barley! I would wreak havoc on London for 2 days! Plus…who doesn’t want to be their own boss and the owner of the most innovative label around!?! Soooooo…when do we start???
 
Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?… Ummmm….YES!!! Of course!
 
In 2011 I will mostly be…. EVERYWHERE!!! (including back in the UK)


Kaan Tasan, Vocalist in No Consequence, Anal Wart Veteran, Lungs of Steel.

2010 was epic because…I finally got rid of my anal warts!!?!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… Diamond Eyes - Deftones

Best gig of 2010 was…Steel Panther - Brixton Academy - Spring time. High kicks, strippers and the shocker foam hands. What more could you want!!

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…(N)omelettes!! Soooooo good.

Funniest thing of 2010 was….there’s been so many funny experiences!! One of my favourites is forcing Dan Reid into a kick drum case, zipping it up then pushing it/him off a drum riser. Most amusing!!

Best band moment of 2010 was….touring Ireland with our dudes from Red Enemy. Sick band, awesome guys, beautiful country.

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 would change with John Browne from Monuments, just to know how it feels to nearly head butt the floor every time I rock out. Oh yeah and touch little boys!!

Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?… Errrr yes??

In 2011 I will mostly be….touching cloth.


Paul Ortiz - Aka Chimp Spanner - Bearded Simian, Basick Mascot, Star Trek God

2010 was epic because…So much stuff happened, good, bad, funny, sad - I feel like I’ve lived about three years in one!

Record I listened to most in 2010 was…Diamond Eyes by Deftones! Such a simple, but well written and listenable album.

Best gig of 2010 was…I actually didn’t go to any gigs except those I played at. Am I allowed to pick my own show? I mean it was pretty good…

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…Predators! Come on people, it was really kind of okay. And it had the original soundtrack. Win!

Funniest thing of 2010 was….Waking up to butt trumpets every morning for 2+ weeks. It never got old.

Best band moment of 2010 was…Seriously considering sleeping in Europe’s biggest whore house purely because it was late, cold, and I was tired. Turns out you’re not allowed to just sleep. And they kick you out at 6am.

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 would be Jake…purely to experience what it must be like to be that happy all the time.

Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?…I like it. It leaves a lot to the imagination.

In 2011 I will mostly be….Writing, making some kind of band and…well I guess that’s it so far!