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Q and As with The Basics

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We caught up with Kris of The Basics to talk ‘Ingredients’, ‘Left Overs’ and all the rumours old and new about Australia’s best unknown band. Here is what he had to say!

First up, how did The Basics form and what led to the long hiatus? Was a break up ever considered?

As far as bands go, that’s a lot of ancient history. Way back in 2001 or maybe it was 2002, Wally and I actually met at a friends going-away party. This particular friend – Chris O’Ryan – was another musical lad who I’d gone to High School with, and Wally had met through musical connections; he was actually on his over to LA to start assisting in a studio over there. He’s actually won a Grammy since (I think it was in 2007?) for his work with Mary J. Blige – so we were in good company, though we didn’t know it at the time.

Anyway, as there was a large circle of musical friends, he’d set up a bunch of equipment and me and Wally and a bunch of other friends just jammed the night away. At one point Wally came up and introduced himself – I’d only seen him playing drums at this point – and we talked shop and decided to have a jam together at some stage. At it happened, it was sooner rather than later (maybe only 2-3 weeks later), and when I heard him sing it was like “whoa, nice”. And it was just the two of us – me on acoustic guitar (I’m on bass now) and him on a stripped-back drumkit – just doing some covers and some originals and we decided to call ourselves The Basics. So yeah, that was the beginning. Tim joined in 2004, I think…

The hiatus just came about organically – we’d put out a whole bunch of stuff, four albums plus a bunch of EPs and singles, and we’d toured a lot. We all needed a bit of a break, so we decided to have one. Was a break-up considered? Maybe, we never discussed it though. It was just a “break”, though we never put any return-date on, so it could very well have been a break-up if we weren’t such good friends.

 Since your last album was released in 2010, everybody has gone their separate ways. Where and what are you all up to now? 

Well judging from the questions I can see coming up, I think you’ve got a pretty good idea ;)  … you know Wally’s busy being the Gotye guy, Tim’s got a band called ‘Blood Red Bird’ that he plays with every-now-and-then (and he’s doing some landscaping and laboring on the side), and I’m here in Kenya working for the Red Cross. So yeah that’s about it.

 Obviously Gotye is still playing shows and doing his own thing musically. But what about the rest of you? Are you and Tim still playing tunes, despite your respective commitments to the Red Cross and film making?

Yeah as I say, Tim’s doing ‘Blood Red Bird’ – an instrumental band that’s one-part Gypsy and two-parts Greek with a healthy side-salad of Ennio Morocone. I’m doing some music here-and-there, I’ve done a few shows for the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, and have dabbled in some local music with a couple of bands here. Still bashing away!

 What was it that prompted you guys to re-release your work after such a long period in the wilderness?

Well it was more the “record company’s” decision, based on the popularity of Wally’s Gotye stuff, and it was more aimed at making people in the USA and other places we’d never been aware of the music. So it was a well-intentioned opportunism which led to it getting out there, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Gotye fans were already discovering us on their own, so we just made it a bit easier with the release of Ingredients (and Leftovers).

 As you re-listen the songs on these two albums, are there any tracks on ‘Leftovers’ that when you hear them now you think could have belonged on ‘Ingredients’?

Well actually that’s how Leftovers came about – there was ‘So Hard For You’ and ‘Hey Rain’ and maybe a couple of other tracks that we’d suggested to the record guys we’d like to include on Ingredients. They got excited about the prospect of ‘new’ material (and a bit daunted by the growing list for Ingredients), so they were like “how about we do a rarities album?” And Bob’s your nephew/uncle/son-of-a-gun.

 Is there a lot of nostalgia in remembering the influences for each song you guys wrote? Or do you not put much thought into it?

I wouldn’t say that there’s nostalgia remembering the influences per-se, but definitely nostalgia remembering where we were personally writing the songs, putting them together, rehearsing them, playing them, recording them. We’re all big softies at heart, and more likelyoverthink everything rather than not at all.

 You have been described as “Australia’s most famous unknown band”. Do you agree with this statement, and do you think given Gotye’s solo successes, and the release of these two albums that the description could change to omit the unknown part?

Haha, I have no idea! Good question though. I haven’t seen that quote actually, being here in Africa I’ve kind-of buried myself in the work because that’s what’s important to me. It’s great to see the group getting some more recognition for sure, I think we earned it after 10 years or more of working so hard, but whatever will be, will be. Honestly, I think part of the reason we’ve survived is that we’re NOT famous… I think the fatality rate of bands who have “made it” is much higher. We enjoy each other’s company and each other’s rockin’ stylez.

 Rumour has it that The Basics will be getting back together in 2014. Is this true, and does it mean just more music or are there likely to be some shows included? 

Actually rumour has it that it may be sooner than that… The rest is history-in-the-making!

Colour Bomb – On The Run

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Colour Bomb is the brainchild of two consenting adults, James Saunders and Tom Whitty, who in ‘On The Run’ deliver a fantastic alternative modern pop sound.

‘On The Run’ is the duo’s debut single, being a lush, melodic and heartbreakingly nostalgic story through the forever popular theme of young love. It has even got the support of Australia’s most popular artist in 2012, with Gotye describing ‘On The Run’ as a “Beguiling track in its entirety”. James Saunders vocals remind me a little of Chris Cornell, particularly on the pick ups into the chorus, and manages to really convey the depth of emotion the songs subject matter details. However, it is the rhapsodic progression of beats and synthetic overlay of guitars that really cements this track as one of my new nearly-summer favourites. Its adds such texture, and turns a delicate love song into a real catch of slow burner.

If you’re a big fan of ‘On The Run’, Colour Bomb are preparing for the release of their debut record in early 2013 so get excited!

 

The Former Love – Busy Old Fool

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The Former Love are a indie rock six piece from Sydney who have produced a really energetic and happy track in ‘Busy Old Fool’.

From the very first installment of  the sprinkling high pitched keys I was hooked, then the song got even better. Every single note from the drum beats to the guitar plucks has this precise and intricate feel to it. It is a track that just fills you with warmth and reignites a feeling of youthful energy. The vocals are hazy and removed, but sung in such a way that allows them to gel so well with the rest of the music. ‘Busy Old Fool’ is fantastic little track, a real find.

I would also like to mention that I found these guys without the Gotye Parody – which I discovered after is also pretty cool. The Former Love are clearly a funny and talented bunch of dudes.

 

 

 

“Hi, I’m Kimbra and I want to be a Popstar”

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I guess in this modern era, you never know when home videos, silly photos and dumb facebook statuses will come back to haunt you, but for Melbourne based Kimbra that has just happened.

Check out this cute, cheesy and mega embarrassing video of the now chart topping artist on New Zealand TV show ‘What Now?’ when she was 11, talking about how she is going to be a pop star. I guess the one thing she really has going for her is that, she actually followed up on her claim pretty well, featuring in Gotye’s US number 1 ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ and releasing her own critically acclaimed album ‘Vows’.

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Gotye Announces Australian Tour

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So the man needs no introduction, everybody has heard ‘Somebody That I used to Know’, he held the US number 1 spot for 8 weeks, and topped the charts in another 30 countries,  so needless to say Gotye has had a pretty flawless start to 2012.

The great news for Australian fans is that Gotye has also announced some Australian tour dates towards the end of the year. This gives you all the chance to hear ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ and his sometimes forgotten other great songs ‘Hearts a Mess’, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, ‘Easy Way Out’, LIVE! So get excited!

Tickets for Gotye will go on sale to members of his mailing list and Facebook friends at 2pm Friday, June 22 (local times). Remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public from 9am on Wednesday June 27 local times, and are available through http://www.ticketek.com.au

Tour Dates

Thursday 6 December – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Saturday 8 December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Wednesday 12 December – Riverstage, Brisbane

Friday 14 December – Entertainment Centre, Sydney

Gotye Releasing a “Somebody That I Used to Know’ Remix Album

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Gotye is releasing an album dedicated to all the remixes of his worldwide smash hit ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ featuring Kimbra. The album comes out next week and features tracks by his bandmate ‘Faux Pas’, Beastie Boy Adrock, and the legendary Tiesto. Have a look at the listing below for full details:

1. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Gang Colours remix]
2. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Bibio remix]
3. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [M-Phazes remix]
4. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Faux Pas remix]
5. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [4Frnt remix]
6. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Tiesto remix]
7. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Sneaker Fox remix]
8. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Dan Aux remix]
9. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Miami Nights 1984 remix]
10. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Adrock remix]

The album is meant to drop next week!

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