What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Basement Revolver started with three of us – Chrisy, Brandon and Nimal, and we added Jonathan Malstrom. Basement Revolver started because I (Chrisy) was tired of making folk music, I wanted to experiment a little bit more with effects and stuff! Since then, we have released three EPs and an LP, and toured around lots – and our plan is to continue writing and touring 🙂
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Wax and Digital is a 6 song EP, all six songs were written last winter, at a time where I was either waiting for my now husband to ask me to marry him, or I was engaged and looking ahead. Periods of transition often have a way of bringing up the past, so this EP was also a lot about the past and the way that I was raised, and how to move out of that into my own identity.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Music wise: we all have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but things we tend to agree on are Big Thief, Dilly Dally, Ellis, Frightened Rabbit, Mewithoutyou, and a whole lot more.
Non-music-wise: just the people in our lives who have a positive impact on our community, or people who support the music scene, like venues, promoters, and behind the scenes people. It can be a thankless job sometimes, but we wouldn’t be able to make anything without those people in our community.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I mean, I guess a lot of this comes down to how the audience interperets our sound? We would probably classify ourselves within a fuzz pop/dream pop/shoegaze world – but many people just understand that to be indie rock. We never want to pigeonhole ourselves though, and just want to make music that we are happy to make.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Ooooof, well I (Chrisy) can only answer for myself; but it would probably be Pale Horses by Mewithoutyou, Home, Like NoPlace Is There by The Hotelier, and Soft Songs From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast. Not so much movies, but allllll seasons of Gilmore Girls (I have probably seen the entirety of the show at least 50 times). Book – Name of the Wind.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Both are great, both are my favorite for different reasons. I love the energy and sharing that happens when you play a show, but I love the creative process and rest that you find in the studio. It is a good feeling to set apart a chunk of time just to make something. It is also a good feeling to play to a sweaty and packed room. Both are the best.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
One time we were sharing our van with another band for tour. One late night, we were driving in an insane snow storm, and [a bandmate who shall not be named] had to go pee sooooo badly, but there wasn’t really a safe place to stop. This snow storm was insane, everyone had their four-ways on, and we were all driving down the highway at like 10km/h. So we tried to convince [a bandmate who shall not be named] to pee in a ghost pepper chip bag (which frankly probably would have hurt a lot because those things are spiiiiicy). So instead, we got almost all the way home, but it got so bad that we had to pull over – and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US did a team pee on the side of the road, in the middle of the storm. I don’t know why, but popping a squat always makes me feel powerful? Anyways, I will always look back on this fondly.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Oh gosh, I don’t know how to answer this one!
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We are working on writing another LP right now. We also have some upcoming dates – which you can find here at www.basementrevolver.com
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Q: If you were a puppy, what kind, and why?
A: All dogs are good doggos, so really any of ‘em.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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