Basement have rightfully made their mark on the alternative music scene since their initial formation. Their success as a band is notable, having played all over the world alongside bands like Bring Me the Horizon; Basement have evolved into a household name for almost anybody with an appreciation for alternative music. With influences of post-hardcore and emo, they have created a distinctive sound that is instantly recognisable.
“‘I didn’t really have any goals for this band when we started…” – andrew fisher
Hiatus included, this year marks ten years since the band first formed, with recognition across the world, headlining festivals and recording in studios in Los Angeles it’s often hard to believe how far the band have come. ‘I didn’t really have any goals for this band when we started except maybe to play with a band I liked when they toured through my town. Now we all joke about what we’d like to happen as more and more things seem possible.’ says Andrew. ‘It was more just a thing to do at the weekends. I was always in bands growing up, if you’d have told me when I was twenty that either of those things would happen I would have laughed. It’s a very strange, very cool thing!’
“‘I think it’s just a case of approaching a band like anything else, with respect, with good intentions and with a positive and genuine attitude.”
As the band have progressed, achieving more and more it’s becoming difficult to wonder what Basement couldn’t do. Andrew’s new personal goal is to play on Later… With Jools Holland; a show that has given huge amounts of exposure to bands and musicians from all over the world here in the UK, hosted by the original Squeeze band member himself. ‘I used to be obsessed with that when I was younger – I’d stay up late and watch the whole thing just to see ONE performance from a band I knew I liked. It also introduced me to so many artists. Also Jools is a legend and Squeeze are one of my favourite bands. I would love to meet Jools and get my Dad to come along.’ With all of their success, it’s something not out of the question for Basement.
As bands grow bigger, it’s common to worry about the risk of them ‘selling out’ or abandoning their original fan base, however, this doesn’t appear to be the case with Basement. ‘I think it’s just a case of approaching a band like anything else, with respect, with good intentions and with a positive and genuine attitude.’ Andrew says, when asked about what keeps Basement Humble. ‘ I came up in hardcore music where there is no divide between people in bands and people at the show, most of the time it’s the same people, but even when it isn’t, everyone is important, as everyone knows without people attending shows you’d have no scene and ultimately no bands. I appreciate every little thing that Basement gets to do and I plan on always doing so.’ Rightfully as he says, the hardcore scene is well known for its humble ethos, it’s clear that this ethos is something he holds close to him.
“I appreciate every little thing that Basement gets to do and I plan on always doing so.”
Basement now have a healthy discography under their belt from Songs About the Weather to Promise Everything. This year they plan to record a new album. ‘We’ve been dying to get into the studio for months.’ Says Andrew. ‘We’ve been writing for over a year. I don’t really know why it took this long. Maybe if we actually lived closer we would have had stuff ready to have our first release on Fuelled By Ramen be this new record, but this is just the way it turned out.’ Despite living on the complete other side of the world that has not stopped the band from being determined to keep the success growing, and Andrew’s passion to create is evident. ‘I will always want to create new music. I write almost every day, regardless if it ever gets used, so I will always be ready to start writing for new records. That means it will never be too soon to go back into the studio for me’.
It’s often wondered how bands prepare for their shows, and what is often envisioned is a lot of drinking and other crazy antics. However, that is not the case for Basement as Andrew sets the record straight. ‘I don’t drink, I don’t take any mind-altering substances, I also don’t plan on doing anything special. We’re not a wacky band. We’re pretty straightforward. We all know what we’re doing and how to play the songs, so we’ll just turn up and do our best and try and have a good time. I’ve never been good at ‘selling myself’. If you come through I promise we won’t be shit.’
“I’ve never been good at ‘selling myself’. If you come through I promise we won’t be shit!”
This year Basement will be headlining Beyond Fest, an independent music festival in Manchester. Manchester is known for its rich and vibrant culture giving birth to bands like Joy Division, The Stone Roses, The Smiths and Oasis. It has been the epicentre of alternative culture in the UK for a long time now and most likely will remain so. ‘Manchester is one of my favourite cities in England, if not the world. It has such a rich cultural history, most importantly to me with music and fashion.’ Says Andrew. ‘Not to mention the shows we play there are usually great. The festival is also a few days before my 30th birthday. So I’ll probably be found on the street somewhere, crying into a cup of tea, wondering where it all went wrong.’
WORDS: FERGUS CARNEY
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