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until the evening came

by basement band

Barn-splintering rock and heart-breaking country ballads.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blame It On My Rosary
Basement Band
4:10 $0.99
2. Nine Days
Basement Band
3:06 $0.99
3. On & On
Basement Band
4:01 $0.99
4. Carry Me On
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3:43 $0.99
5. Sugar
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2:31 $0.99
6. Eleanore
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5:33 $0.99
7. Soldiers
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4:50 $0.99
8. Charleston
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5:01 $0.99
9. Another Reason To Be Down
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3:13 $0.99
10. Close Your Tired Eyes
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3:37 $0.99
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After nearly three years of crowd-roiling shows, plus multiple attempts at recording, basement band releases its anticipated debut album: a polished compilation of the group’s best live songs to date.

basement band was founded when longtime friends and musical collaborators Jeff Malinowski (guitar, vocals) and John Durgee (drums, vocals) moved to Brooklyn in 2005. The duo began performing their folk-rock-influenced songs in venues throughout NYC, and fortuitously fell into a group of talented young musicians reviving country music’s Honky Tonk tradition at the Lower East Side’s Living Room. Performing there and at various other New York venues ever since, the band retained its harmony-driven, feel while its size—and sound—expanded. The outfit now floods the stage six musicians strong, with Amal Bouhabib’s honey-drenched vocals, James Preston’s cadenced bass, Patrick Hay’s prodigious guitar and Bryan Trenis’s organ accompaniment often augmenting their original sound to a fever pitch.

In the summer of 2007, basement band began recording their debut album the way most NYC groups do: In a cramped Manhattan studio, laying down tracks individually (guitars first, then drums, then bass). But created track by track, the band found that their songs lacked the “live” feel so essential to their sound. So after finding a recording studio large enough for them all to track together in Woodstock, NY, the musicians quit the city for a weekend trip. There, the album’s ten songs were all re-recorded. With basic tracks in hand, the band returned to Brooklyn to add some finishing touches (vocal harmonies, percussion), but purposely left the tracks bare enough so that the recordings retained their live sound. The resulting album, “until the evening came” is a stirring mix of barn-splintering rock and heartbreaking country ballads.

basement band’s songs have been likened to Harvest-era Neil Young, or Wilco, though their unique style filters from the group’s component parts: a strong musical proficiency (full, knitted harmonies, tight arrangements), peppered with arcs of influence like Keith Richards slide-guitar, Dylan-esque harmonica solos and Fleetwood Mac-like layered vocals. This combination of instrumental mastery and soulful intuition result in a polished and spontaneous rock band whose modern lyrics add relevance to melodies reminiscent of classic rock standards and poignant campfire refrains from eras gone by.



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John E Twitchell

Long May You Run
Country rock from Brooklyn? If it works(and it does) who the hell cares. Anybody tells you the Basement Band's from Nashville or Austin you ain't gonna know the difference anyhow. The hype compares them with Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Personally I go more with the Byrds; Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Eagles; Jackson Brown or, maybe, Tom Petty. Think gorgeous harmonies, accented with exquisite instrumentals; poignant, melancholy lyrics offset by infectious rythms. I've seen 'em live a couple of times and folks love to dance to the Basement Band.Brian O'Connell of Fetish Lane told me; "and they're just kids!"; meaning, of course, that they don't
play or sing like kids.(If you don't know Fetish
Lane, check them out, too, while you're at it.) A special note on new addition, Amal Bouhabib: I found her song, "Charleston" absolutely stunning.
It literally brings tears to my eyes. "Bury me, Charleston", but the Basement Bands got a long way
to go. Twisty