PHOTOS AND REVIEW BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
One of the most anticipated tours of 2017 came through The Wiltern in Los Angeles and being there to witness it was moving. Thursday, Touche Amore, Basement and Wax Idols, all in one historic building for fans who have been waiting for this night for months. On the 11th night of this run on the 11th of April, UK based band Basement, became more known to the LA scene for those who had yet to hear their alternative/shoegaze sound. Before hitting the stage, fellow tour support band, Wax Idols, awakened the room with Hether Fortune’s tough yet soft vocals. A post-punk/goth-pop set was a great selection to preface this lineup.
Welcomed with cheers, hollers, and clapping, Basement took the stage and greeted everyone with two older favorites, ‘Whole’ and ‘Fading.’ With little to no time in between songs, the guys got the crowd on the general floor area off their feet with pure excitement while they played my personal favorite, ‘Aquasun’ off their most recent album “Promise Everything.” It was with their song ‘For You The Moon’ where I really heard the more raw and heavier vocal presentation frontman Andrew Fisher offers live compared to in studio recording and the crowd ate it up.
Providing proof to their reputation as a humbled and respectful band, mid set vocalist, Andrew, dedicated ‘Earl Grey’ to fellow tour mates, Wax Idols as well as giving thanks to Thursday and Touche Amore. But the biggest shout out came to former tour friends of Basement, hardcore band Turnstile, who was in attendance while in town for “When We Were Young” Festival this past weekend. With the crowd moving and screaming every word and Turnstile’s bassist Franz Lyon (Freaky Franz) jumping and singing along side stage, the intensity on the floor only increased with the tempo of each song.
Stamina is one key word I can use to describe a show from Basement. The band plays almost continuously throughout their time on stage and use their set times to the full extent. With long trips overseas to get here and touring year round, the band doesn’t let the wear and tear of tour reflect on them while playing. Some bands tend to slow down toward the end of their set, but this wasn’t the case for Basement. Playing 10 songs in 30 minutes only justifies my choice word, “stamina.”
Check out our video recap below and if you look closely you can see a cameo by Turnstile’s bassist Franz Lyon (Freaky Franz) side stage.
5. For You The Moon
6. Earl Grey
7. Brother's Keeper
8. Promise Everything