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The Basement launched amid a mass of praise from the
Several years ago, before they were called The Basement,
Since work started on the record, two entire albums worth of songs have been scrapped. “It wasn’t because anyone thought they weren’t good enough. We wanted the album to be the best it could possibly be, for us to be proud of it.” To give themselves a musical education of a different kind, the band spent four months travelling around
You can hear a band at the height of their powers. Like the Flying Burrito Brothers with hips, like Van Morrison letting loose with some back-street white-boy soul shouting in his early, essential Them years.
Mullin is a front-man other bands would kill for. With hooded eyes and furrowed brow, he has a possessed Irish air that suggests much more going on than he’ll ever tell you. And he’s talking himself down. His lyrics are not just some cut-and-paste job, some smart observations on life; he has Shane MacGowan’s ability to turn the mundane into high, poignant art.
This is just the start of The Basement. This is a record with rare depth, with a wonderful melancholic air and an urgent bounce – a record that demanded to be written. In a few months you’ll wonder how you ever got along without The Basement.
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