Album: Promise Everything
Label: Run For Cover
Release Date: January 29th, 2016
United Kingdom emo-core heroes Basement have recently reunited, and their first LP back is a powerhouse return to form. Testing the proverbial waters with Further Sky, their first recording since their reformation, the band toured extensively throughout the world and then turned around and produced a solid follow-up album. Aptly titled after all that their comeback could mean, Promise Everything is sometimes rough, sometimes soft, but always manages to stay jaggedly beautiful. It’s easy to understand why Basement’s fan base was so eager for the band to break their hiatus and return to the public eye.
Produced by up-and-coming heavyweight engineer Sam Pura, the record seamlessly shifts from melodic to chaotic and back again. From beginning to end, the album shines with the melancholy melodies of venerated emo-pop heroes Jimmy Eat World and the darkness of more obscure bands from the scene like Sunny Day Real Estate, Promise Ring, and Texas Is The Reason.
Basement builds upon their career sound much in the same way they build upon the legacy left by the aforementioned artists. From the blistering opening track titled “Brother’s Keeper” to the very last track on the record – the pensive “Halo” – the band manages to keep the listener intrigued with their unique sonic shading via style and feel changes throughout the album. All the while, Basement keeps their core sound intact and never manages to bore.
In contrast to Colourmeinkindness, this album sways further in the direction of alt-rock and the radio-friendly tracks on this record aren’t few and far between. Nevermore, there is definite continuity to the album, and the band prevails at weaving in and out of many other genres – from their trademark emo hardcore sound to heavy pop punk, and indie rock. Promise Everything should not be viewed as a “comeback album”, but more like the beginning of all that could be.
LIKEYOUSAID Critic Score: 8.0/10.0