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INTERVIEW: Basset

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re having a blast, in a very chaotic kind of way! Sam recently realized he’s been working a total of five part-time jobs, but it’s all very rewarding.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Waterloo”?

We think this song represents our identity as a band really well.  You can hear elements of all kinds of musical styles from old-time to 70s rock, supporting a really powerful message.  Every member had to stretch to their limits to get this song to where it needed to be.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song came out of the opioid crisis that’s been affecting Ontario.  The song imagines the fragile life of someone suffering from addiction, and the intense highs and lows that come with that.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There won’t be an official video for this single, but we do have a live acoustic session coming out for our other single and another tune from the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

We worked through the winter in a studio that was tucked into the woods in Grey County, and it snowed nearly the entire time.  It was so beautiful it didn’t feel real, and we had no trouble getting comfortable enough to do our best work.

What role does Victoria play in your music?

Our music is heavily rooted in Canada as a whole.  Our music often works through the things that grab us about this country, whether it’s a haunted basement in a second hand store or a delapidated Tim Horton’s outside Waterloo.

How the addition of new members does gets to influence the music as a whole?

Replace any one of the musicians on this track, and you’d have a completely different tune – that’s how truly collaborative it was to arrange.  You can hear Sam trying out some old-time and bluegrass stuff on fiddle, Noah with his expressive cello lines, and of course, Yas’ passionate cry of “what to do?”.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It’s out!  And it feels wildly rewarding to watch it go!  It’s the first commercial recording project for all of us, and given that, we’ve been pretty overwhelmed with the response it’s getting.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The EP is self-titled, and it was released on June 28.

Any plans to hit the road?

This coming fall we’re working our way around Ontario, and in September we’re heading overseas for the first time, playing a couple shows in Germany and the Netherlands.

What else is happening next in Basset’s world?

We’re writing and arranging a ton of new music right now, trying to get a sense of what the next recording project is going to look like.  Also, Aaron and Noah just graduated from their degrees at the University of Toronto, and we’re so proud of them!

Listen to ‘Waterloo’ here: https://soundcloud.com/basset_theband/waterloo/

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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