BASE­MENT

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - JAMES HICKIE

BUSH HALL, LON­DON. 02.03.17 KKKK IP­SWICH’S FINEST PUNK ROCK SONS BRUISE A BEAU­TI­FUL LON­DON VENUE WITH EASE ■ YOU’D IMAG­INE Lon­don’s Bush Hall – a 425-ca­pac­ity space re­sem­bling the or­nate ball­room on a small ocean liner – would be a dream for a punk rock band to play, if only for the cul­ture shock fac­tor. Not quite, ap­par­ently, though not for lack of af­fec­tion for it.“i didn’t know this venue ex­isted be­fore we got of­fered these shows,” ad­mits Base­ment vo­cal­ist An­drew Fisher – dressed like an un­cle in a but­ton-down shirt and base­ball cap (and danc­ing like one, too). By ‘shows’ he’s re­fer­ring to this be­ing the first of three en­gage­ments here. His band was sim­i­larly lovely yet undis­cov­ered, grow­ing in no­to­ri­ety dur­ing their hia­tus be­tween 2012 and 2014. It’s per­haps this sec­ond wind that’s given the Ip­swich five-piece a sweet-na­tured ap­pre­ci­a­tion for even the most rou­tine mo­ments. “I never thought I’d be in a band that made peo­ple do that,” says An­drew in re­sponse to the hearty pogo­ing down at the front.the rea­son they’re do­ing it, as well as lend­ing a mighty cho­rus to the likes of Covet and Brother’s Keeper (the lat­ter from last year’s third al­bum Prom­ise Ev­ery­thing), is be­cause there’s some­thing ir­re­sistible about the band’s rough-and-ready strain of song­smith­ery. A highly re­spectable cover of Nirvana’s School puts the ic­ing on the cake of a rather tasty evening. They may not have known the venue be­fore, but the venue def­i­nitely knows Base­ment now.

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