Punchy riffs and lyrics you can shout your heart out to, Basement took over Birmingham’s o2 Institute2 by storm.

Celebrating their most recent release ‘Beside Myself’, Basement bought along indie-rockers Joyce Manor and the chaotic Ecca Vandal along for the journey.

Putting a spring in to the evening, Ecca Vandal bought a whirlwind of a set as she danced around the stage to synth-flled tunes. Keeping the audience on their toes for sure, the set whizzed by, without her missing a beat. A strong opener, and definitely an artist to watch out for.

Drawing in a crowd of their own, Joyce Manor took to the stage to a large round of applause from eager fans. They were a highly anticipated support, and they definitely did not disappoint those who had come early for them. With a whopping 17 song setlist, their hour set filled with emo bangers had the vast majority of the room involved, setting a great example of how to captivate a room.

Next up was the main event. With mirrored strips adorning the back of the stage, Basement entered as the crowd roared, and hit straight in to “Disconnect” from the bands latest album ‘Beside Myself’. It was clear that while the album had only been released this year, that it had hit fans hard – as fans sang along to every word.

While there wasn’t much interaction between the band and their fans, the fact that Basement’s fanbase needed no encouragement to sing louder or move around. The band could drink off of the fans enthusiasm, meaning that they were performing to a high standard.

Throwing in a couple of older tracks, Basement definitely pleased everybody. Tracks such as “Whole” and “Crickets Throw Their Voice” meant that the band had a chance to really push themselves to prove that they were still as strong now as they were when they first began. Basement, while not the most engaging band, knew how to put on a show that would have everyone moving and sweaty by the end of it.

Basement’s new album has proved itself to be popular with the masses, and playing it live gave them that opportunity to show off more of its potential off the record, and it worked. The band really pushed across the heavier riffs and the more raw emotions that some of the songs held that the records limit.

We rate:
3.0 rating