- Photos by Tatiana Whybrow-Price
- August 24, 2019
- The Craufurd Arms
- Milton Keynes, UK
English rock band, Basement, took a break between their Reading and Leeds sets to play small UK venue The Craufurd Arms. The sold out show was packed of eager fans of all ages, many dressed in pop-punk shirts and black and white vans. Opening act, Honey Lung, took on the stage with energy and excitement, warming up the slowly growing crowd. Having previously played Reading & Leeds in 2017, and toured with pop-punk band Citizen, they clearly knew how to work a crowd. The band, as described by CLASH magazine, are ‘the perfect amount of grunge paired with a sprinkling of scuzz.’ Check them out on their upcoming headlining UK tour, you won’t be disappointed. Soon after, headlining band Basement were on stage. It wasn’t long before the crowd were piling forward, moshing, and collectively singing along, later crowd-surfing to their heavier tracks - the intimate venue perfect for the band’s raw performance. The evening was filled with high-energy, and sweaty fans. Their set was filled with tracks from all four of their albums, highlighting the progression of their music since 2011 album ‘I Wish I could Stay Here’, to newer releases from ‘Beside Myself.’ Basement’s sound is a perfect mix of pop-punk, rock and grunge styled music with plenty of guitar and angst singing. Some even compare them to rock legends, Nirvana.
Listen to Basement’s latest album here, and be sure to keep an eye on where they’re headed next!