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.