BASICK RECORDS FIRESALE: STARTS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT UNTIL 30TH DECEMBER

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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! 


ENTER THE CODE: BASICKFIRESALE AT CHECKOUT TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT. 

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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. 

Basick Records supports Record Store Day - http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/ 

Starting at Midnight (BST), for 24 hours only, we want you to celebrate with us. Use the promotional code RECORDSTOREDAY to get a whopping 25% off your order. 

Head to http://store.basickrecords.com at midnight tonight (UK time) and all day throughout the 21st April. 

Basick Records supports Record Store Day - http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/ 

Starting at Midnight (BST), for 24 hours only, we want you to celebrate with us. Use the promotional code RECORDSTOREDAY to get a whopping 25% off your order. 

Head to http://store.basickrecords.com at midnight tonight (UK time) and all day throughout the 21st April. 

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

TOUR TIME WITH: VISIONS

The 'Safer Than Home' tour rolls into Milton Keynes before packing up and heading to Leicester. We caught up with Visions ahead of the tour to find out what they thought of label and tour mates Aliases.  Read on to find out more…

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

NAME: Dan, Dave, Jake, Boff (Joe wasn’t available for the interview)

WEAPON: Prog

BAND: Visions


1. You’re going out on tour with Aliases soon - are you looking forward to hanging out with your label mates?

Jake: I’m genuinely a bit scared. If they make me drink as much as I’ve heard they do, I’ll be telling my mother!

Dan: and I’ll probably end up getting my dick out…

Boff: Every time Dan gets his dick out when he’s drunk a baby cries.

Jake: I nearly tore it off his pelvis last time. True story.

Lisa Basick: The baby?

Dan: Oh god, how did this happen!? hahahahhahhehheehhhahahhohhoo (nervous laugh)

2. Did you know that Pin used to be in SikTh - we hear he’s demanding his OWN tour bus. Thoughts?

Dan: Of course I know! Check the pic of me playing Pin’s guitar back in 2006… I was a total SikTh fanboi! As for wanting his OWN tourbus, from what I’ve heard that’s cool with me, would probably come home with less bruises… just so he knows, I’ve got my mother on speed dial!


Jake: Whos sickf? Nice PIN stripes there Dan ;)

3. Have any of you listened to the Aliases album? Fave track?

Dave: Bought it with the tshirt! Gotta love the chorus in Sirens

4. Jake, you are now in Aliases, what’s the first thing you change?

Jake: I think I have too much hair to play in Aliases so I’d shave my noggin and I’d actually have to learn how to play guitar.

5. Describe Aliases to someone who has never heard them.

Dan: Crazy tech metal wizards that you should’ve already heard! Why the fuck have you not!? Excuse my french…

Aliases - ‘Crazy tech metal wizards’


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.

Dave: We’ve played Brighton and Milton Keynes before, we love playing both of them.

7. Will you be trying out any new songs on this tour?

Dave: We have a couple of new songs on the pipeline, but we’re not gonna be playing them in this tour, we’ll just be focusing on the newer songs off Home!

Dan: All the songs we’re playing on this tour are from our debut ‘Home’, but it’s still kind of a mixture of old and new for us. We’re playing ‘Attentive: Reverie’ in the set though, which not alot of people have heard live yet, so we’re looking forward to seeing how that goes down!


8. Aliases have somewhat of ‘bad reputation’ for being completely mental on tour. What protection will you be packing, if any? Do you have a strategy for dealing with a naked Jay Berast bursting into your hotel room at 3am shouting in very bad English?


Dave: Luckily we’ll be in the van when we sleep (never thought I’d say that..), so we can luck ourselves in. We have a few tricks up our sleeves just in case though…


Boff: If anything does happen as such I’ve always got a ridiculously drunken story involving a mangina for every one of Aliases.

9. Final words - Leah Woodward. Discuss.

Dan: Chick can play!


Dave:

Jake: Who? ;)

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.

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

Interview: Sean McEmerson (Basick Records) interviewed by Tom Hollings (The Arusha Accord)

In part two of our series of TEAM BASICK interviews, Tom Hollings from The Arusha Accord catches up with Sean McEmerson, Basick Records chief colouring in expert and pasta shell pictures aficionado. When he’s not busy making the Basick website pretty with glitter and pom poms, he’s designing merch, building apps, coding up stuff and generally being a clever little shit. As well as being good at almost everything, Sean plays bass in Glasgow band, Winters.

If you missed the first interview in our series, where Perry from Circles chatted to James Monteith (Basick/Tesseract/Hold Tight! PR) - then check it out over here!

NAME: Sean McEmerson

WEAPON: Code Monkey for Basick Records, IT guru, photo bomber, drunken Scot.

Interviewed by: Tom from The Arusha Accord - check out their deluxe 2 disc digipack available from Basick Records for only £7.99

Tom: From what I gather, your role in Basick is to deal with the design / web element of everything that goes on (including our website). Would you care to give us a bit of a bigger picture of what you do for Basick on a day-to-day basis?

Sean: When I first joined the team it was solely to take care of the website and keep our other sites up to date (YouTube, Facebook etc.) but it’s moved on since then and branched out a little; designing merch, for example. At the moment my main project is completely redesigning and rewriting the website from the ground up. I’ve started referring to it as ‘The Death Star’ as it’s slowly becoming the hub of all our online activity. It will launch soon along with a slew of other new features across our sites. Busy - but exciting - times!

Tom: I know you are from Glasgow, which is one of our favourite places to play shows and have some very good friends such as Bleed From Within from that neck of the woods. How do you find the metal music scene up in Scotland as a whole?

Sean: I’ve been playing gigs in Glasgow since 2004 and have seen first hand the ups and downs of the scene (I actually played your last show in Glasgow at Capitol with my old band, ha!). Although there are good bands here there’s not much of a ‘successful’ metal scene, there seems to be a problem with bands being unable to move out of Glasgow and it’s been a while since we’ve produced a good quality metal band that can match the quality of bands from the rest of the UK. It’s great to see the success Bleed From Within are experiencing at the moment, they’ve worked really hard over the past few years and deserve it so it’s great to see it all work out for them. Three of the most promising metal bands right now are Dies the Fire and The Colour Pink is Gay and Sectioned, I’m really looking forward to seeing them push things forward.

Tom: Who is your favourite band on Basick?! Jokes, I know you can’t answer that. But who are some of your favourite bands?


Sean: Ooh! No Made Sense, The Arusha Accord, Fellsilent, Ion Dissonance and Chimp Spanner have put out some of my favourite albums of the last few years. It’s very exciting times for us with Circles, Aliases and Visions (amongst others) putting out great music recently too. The new Uneven Structure album is ridiculously good. The future is bright!

Tom : What made you want a job in the music industry and what drew you to Basick?

Sean: Basick is actually my second job and I do it all out of love for the music (on a scale of 1-10, how much did I sound like a dick there?). I’ve known Nathan for over 4 years now and started out by doing some work for him and the more work we done together the more I really got into what he was doing with Basick. It got to the point where I was doing so much he asked me to come on board and be a part of the team. We have a really strong team with ourselves, Lisa and James and recently we added Chad too. It’s incredibly rewarding to see your work help push things forward for music in the UK and the rest of the world.

Tom: You’re in a band called Winters. Can you tell us a bit more about the band, what it is you do and what the plan for the future is?


Grandfather by Winters

Sean: I am indeed! I play bass in the band with Niall, Ian, Iain and Curtis. We all have our own varied influences but the main ones are the likes of Cult of Luna, Converge and Botch as well as some great UK bands like Pariso, Bastions, Kerouac etc. I’ve been playing in bands for a long time now and there’s a few personal goals I’ve not achieved yet and fortunately the guys share these goals with me, we have only been together as a full band since March but we are well on our way to making these things happen.



Tom:  I understand Basick are about to sign Limp Bizkit, can you tell us any more before it hits the press?!

Sean:

Tom: Finally, are you going to any festivals this year, and if so where and when and who are you looking forward to the most?

Sean: Yes, so I may or may not have got round to answering these questions a little late. Unfortunately I never made it to any festivals this year. I did go to one weekender which made me want to stab myself but I will be nice and not name it. Next year I plan to kick it off early and go to Neurotic Deathfest in March to catch the return of the mighty Behemoth!! !


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 Sean in 3 words:

Barley: Geeky, stabby, legend

Chad: STAR WARS OBSESSED 

Lisa: Clever little shit

James: Small, loud, incomprehensible


2 - What does Sean do at Basick:

Barley: Sean is head of IT (he loves this title). He also geeks out and stabs people

Chad: He’s the stylist to the stars! 

Lisa: He exists solely to annoy me. He’s also master of the impossible deadline.

James:

-Abuse staff daily
-Regularly remind me of my email password which I forget a lot, even though it never changes
-trades guest list places for hard liquor


3 - If Sean were an animal, which one would he be:

Barley: Mongoose

Chad: Lemur

Lisa: Pussy cat, cute as a button, hairy, likes to sleep in folks laps!?

James: A lizard - small and striking with a sharp tongue


4 - Seans’ most attractive feature:

Barley: He always smells quite nice. I also like the fact that I can never understand a word he’s saying

Chad: His beard

Lisa: That smell - he always ALWAYS smells amazing. Next time you see him, sniff his neck. Amazing.

James: His short boons


5 - Seans’ most annoying habit: 

Barley: Not speaking the Queen’s English

Chad: Not coming to visit me here in the States…lol

Lisa: Calling his friends when drunk, thinking they are taxi companies.

James: Not being able to speak English


6 - Rate Seans’ taste in music….

Barley: He works at BASICK, so his taste in music is impeccable by default.

Chad: Great…he always gives bands the fighting chance….but is honest about it all!

Lisa: Aye it’s ok. He loves Behemoth, which makes him ok in my book.

James: 10 / 10- not only does he have by far the best taste in music out of all the Basick lot, he passionately dislikes terrible music, which is very entertaining.


7 – I like Sean because……

Barley: He’ll never say no to a jaegerbomb challenge

Chad: because he is the Sh-IT!

Lisa: He’s just a genuinely good wee cunt

James: He’d rather eat a battered mars bar over a salad

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

MIDSUMMER MELTDOWN - SALE NOW ON!

BASICK’s MIDSUMMER MELTDOWN!


In true British Shakespearean fashion, we’re offering you an absolute dream this Midsummer’s Night:


For twelve nights from June 21st all back catalogue CD’s are now on sale for a tempestuous £1.99 each!


Or why not fill some gaps as you like it, with our 3 for a Lady Godiva' offer!

Head over to the store now, where there’s much ado going on!
http://basickrecords.com/store

Interview: Paul Ortiz aka Chimp Spanner

In 4 weeks time Paul Ortiz will take his previously one man project, Chimp Spanner,  on the road with the backing of a full band as he embarks on the Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself tour with Aliases and Cyclamen. We couldn’t let him go without first boring a hole into his noggin to see what fell out.

As well as the tour, Chimp is working hard on his merch range and finishing off the next chapter in the story - a new EP which we’ve heard and we love, long time.

Jake Monson, guitarist from Basick band Visions poked the Chimp Spanner brain goo and probed deep with these hard hitting investigative questions. This is what happens when you let bands interview each other! Go Go Team Basick!

Jake Monson interviews Chimp Spanner - lots of inter-label bro love going on.


NAME: PAUL ORTIZ AKA CHIMP SPANNER

WEAPON: ALL OF THEM. I’M A ONE MAN ARMY. BUT MOSTLY BEARD.

BAND: CHIMP SPANNER

INTERVIEWED BY: Jake from Visions

Find more artists like Chimp Spanner at Myspace Music

Chimp Spanner. How would you introduce yourself to the queen?

By telling her I’m not a royalist! But that I do like tea, and that I hope we can still hang out.

If Jimmy Saville asked what kind of music you play, how would you explain it to him?

Like a cement mixer full of drums having a jam with a Casio home keyboard. In space.

Who would win a fight, You or Jimmy Saville?

I just Google Image’d him, thinking he would look easy to beat in his old age. But he’s got this un-nerving look of confidence about him. So it’s hard to say.

What has 2011 held so far for the world of Chimp Spanner?

So far it feels like I’m still planning, positioning myself, plotting my next diabolical move. But I’m soon making the transition (back) to full time jobless musician. So this is where things get mighty interesting!!

On a scale of Chimp to Man where would you put yourself?

About third from the right. Second after a shave.

You are booked to tour the UK with Aliases and Cyclamen this April. What do you think this will entail?

My instincts tell me a lot of drinking. And possibly taking Leah to a hospital.

What are the chances of a Royal Rumble involving Chimp Spanner, Aliases, Cyclamen and Jimmy Saville?

Your interest in Jimmy Saville is bordering on obsession. You need help.

Can we expect to hear any new material in the near future?

Anyone with their mouse pointer trained on the ‘refresh news feed’ button will have heard some material that I posted over while drunk and taking a p…um…that I released as a special sneak preview. But otherwise I’m keeping a tight lid on it until the EP which is coming out soon, followed by a full length for the end of the year!

Whats been the best thing about being a part of the ‘Basick Records’ family so far?

I’ve gotten to meet some awesome, talented people who really love what they do. It’s nice to know they exist. Faith in humanity = restored.

Do you like me?

You’re okay. More of a Dave man m’self. If it means that much to you, battle him for my affection on elevated platforms using giant cotton buds, like on Gladiators.

Catch Chimp Spanner on tour in April with Aliases and Cyclamen

Check out Chimp Spanner on Facebook 

Want to interview Chimp or review/photograph him on tour - contact lisa@holdtightpr.com

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 (pt2)

2 more members from some well known Basick Bands tell you what was so great about 2010 for them.

Jake Monson - Visions guitarist, the man they all want to be, rocks me like a hurricane.

2010 was epic because… where do I start? Well in March we had the honour of signing to Basick Records ;) Following that we recorded our debut album which over all has took us more than half a year, so that was pretty epic in it’s self! I then filled in on 2nd guitar for Monuments’ 1st tour which was awesome, such a laugh! We (Visions) also had the pleasure of playing with some awesome bands including Tesseract, Monuments, No Consequence, Galleons and plenty more! Pretty good year.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was… definitely ‘Option Paralysis’ by The Dillinger Escape Plan. I think I listened to that album at least once every day during the period that we was recording our album. It’s packed with some insainly well written songs along with a big lot of balls!

 

Best gig of 2010 was… for Visions, the Tesseract US warm up show at The Crawford Arms, Milton Keynes. I think it’s the 1st time we’ve played a sold out gig and everything about it was great. For me personally the best gig I went to was Dillinger in Camden. Not only were the band sick but we managed to catch all the little chinese stall’s at happy hour! 3 quid for a big tub full! Bargain!

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was… KFC Krushems.

Funniest thing of 2010 was…. probably getting rat-arsed after a gig in High Wycombe and prank calling Jaime Gamble (Demise Management) pretending to be a ‘death based metal band’ called Severed Corp. Then being told by him halfway through that I didn’t withold the number. You can find the video on my Facebook if you have me added as a friend.

Best band moment of 2010 was… I’d be lying if I didn’t say signing 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?… 

I’d be Neema from Monuments and replace all the toilets in the house so they don’t have Visions written on them. We’re the last people anyone wants to think of when they’re doing their business! Unless theyre imagining pissing on us. 

Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?… I’d love to rub lotion into them.

In 2011 I will mostly be…. high.

 

John Browne - Monuments Guitarist, Hair Athlete, Ridiculously Talented Bastard.

2010 was epic because...Finally finished writing the Monuments album after 2 years of Cabin Fever. Sol Niger 2 was announced, Deftones wrote a great album, Dillinger wrote a great album, Devil Sold His soul wrote an unbelievable album and many more.

Record I listened to most in 2010 was…Karnivool - Sound Awake, best album I’ve ever heard, production is incredible, the songs get stuck in your head for hours! Very closely followed by Hiromi Uehara’s Time Control. too many to name.

Best gig of 2010 was...Didn’t actually see any gigs this year I dont think, but the best gig of the year would have been Karnivool supported by Jurojin and Minutes… Actually can’t believe I missed the show.

Most under-rated thing of 2010 was…Meerkats/Methedrone.. Together.

Funniest thing of 2010 was….Barack Obama.

Best band moment of 2010 was…Watching Mike trying to assemble a tent on tour with Carcer city/While She Sleeps!

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’d ruin his wife.

Barley’s naked shoulders – yes or no?……What about maybe?

In 2011 I will mostly be….Rewriting the Monuments Album.

 

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