The cover of Basement Family
Next week local trio Basement Family welcome their first proper release (that is, their first that isn't a demo tape). Their self-titled 12-inch EP comes out via the Maximum Pelt
label, and today the Reader
premieres an exclusive stream of it. Basement Family came together in 2014, after the demise of Bigcolour
, the dreamy garage band of singer-guitarist Alex Auby and drummer Jeremy Lindemulder. They've since added bassist Joel Schafer and turned up the volume, blasting through a hybrid of stoner pop and garage rock as a blown-out, distortion-drenched power trio.
The band recorded the six songs on Basement Family
live to two-inch tape at since-demolished studio Wall to Wall. The rawness of the performances shines through on the 12-inch—feedback radiates from the cranked amps throughout the loose, explosive tracks, which owe as much to trashy fuzz as they do to full-on pop, and Auby's sugary, meandering vocals search for a secure footing in the chaos. Check out the glorious racket of Basement Family
is officially out and available for purchase on Friday, July 1, and the band play a release show on Friday, July 22, at the Empty Bottle
—Basement Family open for Swear Beam, who also have a record about to drop on Maximum Pelt.