With the nights getting colder and the jackets getting thicker Basement gave Sydney a reason to cast their winter wool aside and throw some limbs about. With the English rockers awakening from their 2012 slumber they played to a packed Factory Theatre delivering a raucous display of noise rock that rung out across Marrickville. Each band snacked on a sizeable piece of devoted fans who treated timidness as blasphemy. With screaming choruses and crowd surfing on the cards from the very start, the night was more fulfilling than any hot meal.
Break Even kicked off the night with the Perth hardcore punk outfit exuding passion. It must be exciting for a front man to stop singing mid-chorus and leave the rest up to fans. Happening multiple times during their set, Break Even were treated to admirers taking the reins and aptly proving the love for hardcore in the Sydney community. Shortly followed by American band Turnover slowing the heart rate with their indie-rock stylings but maintaining the attention of a growing crowd. Displaying a flair for catchy hooks whilst maintaining an atmospheric calm that served as a nice breather between two heavier sets in Basement and Break Even.
After a 2012 hiatus immediately following their second album Colourmeinkindness, Basement’s future looked cloudy. Reappearing in 2015 with their album Promise Everything they have finally returned to Australia by shaking the walls of The Factory Theatre, with the only cloudy thing being the stage. Shrouded by a smoke machine the British Boys frantically moved around stage, showcasing an energetic alt-rock approach to their new songs, a change from their previous punk-rock endeavours. Lead singer Andrew Fisher bellows easily accessible choruses, although his voice still encapsulates that punk-rock field of play with its howling husk. This being complimented by a gruelling battle between guitars, bass and drums throughout which keeps the potency of their sound strong.
It’s during the melodic choruses that we see the best component of the band, which is in fact its devoted fan base. With the swelling crowd belting out the words with a ferociousness that almost matches the intensity of the band, it fuelled excitement even further. Culminating towards a symbolic moment of stage dives and crowd surfing that saw both sides meet on equal ground. It’s a testament to an audience that has persisted through a leave of absence from the band, which directly reflects on the quality of their music. Finishing off with a grunge-filled, Nirvana-like outro, they sent the crowd into hysterics. At this point proving that a two-way street exists between musicians and fans that can make all the difference in terms of success and enjoyment of the craft.