Hamilton indie-rock trio Basement Revolver has released the title track from their debut album, Heavy Eyes, which encapsulates the air of weariness pervading the band’s sound. The sleepy title “Heavy Eyes” sums up a general exhaustion right down to the bone, as well as hinting at a heavier direction as they deftly merge ’90s-infused indie rock with fuzzy dreamy pop and poignant, yearning lyrics. As songwriter and singer Chrisy Hurn explains, “‘Heavy Eyes’ is about feeling really tired. And life is hard when you are really tired.” The track was premiered on BBC Radio 6's Radcliffe & Maconie by DJ Mark Radcliffe.
The trio of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth), and Brandon Munro (drums) embarked on their first tour of the UK earlier this year, with a tremendous set at The Great Escape Festival. Next month the band returns home to Hamilton for Supercrawl before embarking on a string of Ontario tour dates. Full dates can be found below.
Previous single "Baby" has been made Amazon UK’s Week One, added to Apple’s Nightcap playlist, and Spotify’s Indie Highlights. While "Knocking" was added to New Music Friday Canada, and New Alternative and Melancholy Moods on Deezer. The single “Dancing” was premiered by Clash, who wrote, “the delicacy of the band's approach is matched to the intensity of their execution." “Johnny Pt. 2” was recently included on Line Of Best Fit’s Oh! Canada 31 compilation, highlighting the best new music from Canada.
Their ascent to the spotlight has been a steady trajectory, capitalising on the success of their debut single “Johnny” in 2016. The track garnered endorsements from DIY Magazine and Exclaim! as well as respected tastemakers Gold Flake Paint, who hailed it a “favourite song of the year” contender.
For their debut full-length, Basement Revolver returned to local studio TAPE where they had recorded both their EPs. Having developed a solid relationship with producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell, they continued to hone their signature sound, finding the freedom to get heavier for some songs and more laid-back for others. As Hurn explains; “It also gave me the confidence as a writer to not take myself so seriously, to let myself get cheesy or goofy with some songs.”
In a relatively short time, Basement Revolver have successfully encapsulated the yearning and hopefulness of their generation, whilst harnessing a unique, yet familiar soundscape.
BASEMENT REVOLVER TOUR DATES
Sept 14 • Hamilton, ON • Supercrawl
Sept 17 • Windsor, ON • Phog Lounge (w/The Pack A.D.)
Sept 18 • London, ON • Call The Office (w/The Pack A.D.)
Sept 20 • Toronto, ON • The Horseshoe Tavern (w/The Pack A.D.)
Sept 21 • Ottawa, ON • The 27 Club (w/The Pack A.D.)
Sept 27 • Montreal, QC • Barfly (Pop Montreal)
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BASEMENT REVOLVER
"Alvvays goes shoegaze. Dreamily drift between featherlight fizz and gutting, rueful riffing." - Total Guitar
"The delicacy of the band's approach is matched to the intensity of their execution" – Clash
"A patchwork quilt of The Maccabees' softly stummed builds and the melodic force of Alvvays." DIY
"Wonderfully tender compositions full of weight." - Gold Flake Paint
"Fuzzy dream-pop melodies." - The Line Of Best Fit
"Lush with dulcet reverb." - The Fader