Monday, May 14, 2007

The Basement Play First US Dates, Debut Album Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs Available Now

“Their Irish barroom sing-a-long sound is done with impeccable precision” – The Tripwire

“…Ultimately impressive” – No Depression

“…will sail beyond all other pretenders” – NME

“Authentic blues swagger to delight fans.” – Uncut

“A whole record full of that kind of rich, organic rock that so few bands do these days (or at least do well).” – Dagger

With a unique blend of indie-rock, blues, country and Irish barroom folk songs, The Basement have become a household name in their native Northern Ireland. Produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs already feels like a living and breathing classic. The US version has been totally re-sequenced and features two early singles not included on the European version. The Basement will appeal to fans of M Ward (who they recently toured France with), Jenny Lewis, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket as well as older artists like Son Volt, Ryan Adams or The Old 97’s.

The Basement launched amid a mass of praise from the UK's leading music press and are currently in the midst of playing their first US shows. Early singles wetted a feverant appetite and the Irish four piece went into the studio to record their heavily anticipated debut. After literally years in the studio, The Basement officially announced their arrival in July of 2006 the release of Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs. Now available in North America via Zealous Records, Americans can now get a taste of what NME predicted “will sail way beyond all other pretenders”. [MORE]

The Basement Live:
05/15 The Basement, Nashville
05/16 The Family Wash, Nashville

Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs Tracklisting:
Stream The Album (LINK)
01. Do You Think You’re Movin’ On (MP3)
02. Summertimes
03. I Just Caught A Face (MP3)
04. When Tomorrow Comes
05. Medicine Day
06. It Won’t Be Long
07. Roadtrip
08. It’s A Kinda Love (MP3)
09. When The Nights Gone Blue
10. Ever Had A Feeling
11. Just A Dream
12. Cheapest Mistake

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