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. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUT TODAY ON BASICK RECORDS!

Out today on Basick Records:

Skyharbor

Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos

7 Horns 7 Eyes

Throes of Absolution


Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos

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


Skyharbor’s Keshav Dhar discusses "Five albums that changed my life"

Read the interview at Noisecreep →

“Timeless in every sense” 9/10 Metal India Magazine

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



Watch the video for ‘Catharsis’ on YouTube! →




7 Horns 7 Eyes - Throes of Absolution


1) Divine Amnesty
2) Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3) The Hill Difficulty
4) Cycle Of Self
5) Delusions
6) A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
7) Vindicator
8) The Winnowing
9) Regeneration

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


Watch the video for ‘Throes of Absolution album sampler’ on YouTube! →

 

MORE FREE SHIT FROM BASICK! Woohoo.

We know you guys love your freebies and your advances and some of the sneakiness - so go fill your boots with what we’ve got out there this week. FREE 

SKYHARBOR - BLINDING WHITE NOISE: ILLUSION & CHAOS

The debut album from Indian based progressive metallers, Skyharbor, is released on Monday 23rd April worldwide via Basick. Featuring collaborations from ex-Tesseract vocalist Dan Tompkins and ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, this is already shaping up to be one of the most promising debut releases of 2012. 

USA/CANADA - buy from our online store at Prosthetic Records (it’s also available from all good online retailers and in stores across the country) 

EUROPE/REST OF WORLD - you can grab something from our online store (it’s also available from all good online retailers and in record stores near you!)  

Streaming free over on our bandcamp 

Available for listens and shares over on our YouTube (both CD’s) 


7 HORNS 7 EYES - THROES OF ABSOLUTION

The debut album from Seattle based progressive deathers 7 HORNS 7 EYES is released across Europe on Monday April 23rd. Grab a copy from our store, it’s also available at all good online retailers and in stores worldwide. 

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! The album is streaming free over at Thrash Hits 

BASICK RECORDS 2012 SAMPLER 

We know that THOUSANDS of you guys have already grabbed a free copy of this, but if you still haven’t, grab the 2012 label sampler from us, a track from each of our artists to get you introduced to just what we have to offer! 

AVAILABLE FREE ON OUR BANDCAMP

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…

Download a free Aliases track HERE and then go HERE to pick up a free Visions track.

NAME: Darren Pugh

WEAPON: Drums

BAND: Aliases

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:

London || Birmingham || Glasgow || Manchester

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

The whole Basick office is currently listening to the new album from Cloudkicker
You can download the new album for free (click on the image). We’re big long term fans of Cloudkicker - as always his stuff is  self-recorded, self-funded, and self-released so if you have a few spare pennies and appreciate his work, send the man some money so he can keep on creating the good stuff!
If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t familiar with his previous albums (also all free to download) then click his name above, visit his myspace and educate yourself!

The whole Basick office is currently listening to the new album from Cloudkicker

You can download the new album for free (click on the image). We’re big long term fans of Cloudkicker - as always his stuff is  self-recorded, self-funded, and self-released so if you have a few spare pennies and appreciate his work, send the man some money so he can keep on creating the good stuff!

If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t familiar with his previous albums (also all free to download) then click his name above, visit his myspace and educate yourself!