The Basics

The Basics

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The Basics are the first band from the future. They sound a lot like some bands you’ve heard before. “How can they be from the future then?” Because in the future, bands will be recognised for the happiness they bring. The Basics bring you some of that happiness.

Biography

“a soaring, infectious and gorgeously crafted pop song from three incredibly talented musicians”
- Simone, Beat Magazine. (Single of the Week)

“shows what stadium pop-rockers Snow Patrol could sound like if they started writing interesting songs again”
- Simon Topper, Rave Magazine

“a song bordering on f#%*ing marvelous”- Ross Clelland, Drum Media

“With This Ship takes The Basics’ sound out of The Espy and into stadiums. What a treasure!”
- Scott McLennan. Rip It Up

“Puts a musical punch right in the belly of pop mediocrity” –
Peter Cobbin, Senior Engineer, Abbey Road Studios.

2008 was a busy year for Melbourne trio The Basics; they toured relentlessly to some of the most remote outback areas Australia has to offer, making new friends and fans in high schools, indigenous communities, community centres and pubs and clubs along the way.

2009 already promises to be a huge year for the band. To kick things off, their new single With This Ship was released in February to strong airplay on Australia's Triple J radio, and their first tour of Australia's eastern capital cities easily sold out 300 capacity venues.

With This Ship is something of a musical map, charting the often unpredictable and tumultuous ocean of relationships. It illustrates the hope-filled struggle of fighting against the tide of personal history, but also the hopelessness sometimes encountered when trying to mend rifts in relationships ravaged by hurt and time.

But fear not. The Basics’ lush vocal harmonies will lift you over the swirling symphony of stormy guitars and lay you softly on the shore.

With This Ship heralds a significant new direction for The Basics. While retaining the band’s trademark three-part harmonies, they are forging a bold path towards an altogether unexplored musical landscape.

Mixed by Peter Cobbin (U2, The Beatles’ Anthology, Lord of the Rings) at the famed Abbey Road studios in London, and featuring production contributions from prominent New York-based engineer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, John Mayer), and local wizard Francois Tetaz (Architecture In Helsinki, Lior, Gotye) The Basics are certainly keeping good company.

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Lyrics

Rattle My Chain

Written By: Schroeder/de Backer

You...
You want...
You want me...
You want me to give you a chance,
now mama let me see...
See what...
See what you...
See what you can offer to me,
now mama let me see...

Look at you, you think that you're so good,
If there was anything to like I would,
I don't pretend to understand
but I thought you would.

Tell me why you rattle my chain -
why do you rub me the wrong way?
Everything you say just drives me insane.
You don't have to do nothing
to push all my buttons -
you try to be nice, I take offense,
I know it don't make no sense,
but I don't need your advice.
You say it's all in my head,
I said - don't try to explain,
you know you rattle my chain,
you're gonna do it again.

You...
You want...
You want me...
You want me to give you a chance,
now mama let me see...
See what...
See what you...
See what you can offer to me,
now mama let me see...

Everybody thinks that you're so cool,
I get annoyed at everything you do,
It's so hard for me to be polite to you -
when the only thing I wanna say...

Tell me why you rattle my chain -
why do you rub me the wrong way?
Everything you say just drives me insane.
You don't have to do nothing
to push all my buttons -
you try to be nice, I take offense,
I know it don't make no sense,
but I don't need your advice.
You say it's all in my head,
I said - don't try to explain,
you know you rattle my chain,
you're gonna do it again.

Home Again

Written By: Walter De Backer/Kris Schroeder

I quit my job on a Friday
Told all my friends "it's goodbye"
Within a week I was flying
Across the sea
To where I'm meant to be

Everything felt like a failure
I'd had enough of Australia
That grass-is-greener philosophy
Had a hold on me

And the Southern Cross is in the sky
As I close my tired eyes
When I wake I will
Be home again
Home again

She said that we were connected
I don't know what I expected
Maybe I hoped she could rescue me
From everything...
Now I'm there again

But the Southern Cross is in the sky
As I close my tired eyes
When I wake I will
Be home again
Home again

I often wonder at night
Could I have stayed there to fight for it?
But there's no sense in denying
I was all alone
Now I'm coming home

Everything right where I left it
I don't know what I expected
She said that were connected...

And the Southern Cross is in the sky
As I close my tired eyes
When I wake I will
Be home again
Home again
Yeah the Southern Cross is in the sky
As I close my tired eyes
When I wake I will
Be home again
Home again

With This Ship

Written By: Kris Schroeder/Walter De Backer

I think we’re heading in the same direction when
You go a bit insane
I try to reason it’s too easy to give up on it
But I don’t wanna play this blame game again

(Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh)

We cover over all the things that bring us closer
And before you know it it’s goodbye
So now you’ve said your piece
And I’ll try-

To find
A way to organise my mind
Stay on course
Straight and true

And you-
You think we’re heading in the same direction
But I don’t know if I do too

I try to send a message
But you don’t want to hear it
You’re so obsessed with all the things they said
And how they see us
I try to draw the anchor
But you just cast another down

Don’t wanna go down
With this ship

(Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh)

Don’t wanna go down
With this ship x 4

I try to send a message
But you don’t want to hear it
You’re so obsessed with all the things they said
And how they see us
I try to draw the anchor
But you just cast another
And I don’t wanna go down
With this ship

I’ll fly this flag forever
But you don’t wanna see it
The way it was is how it is for you
And you can’t leave it
We’re only treading water
But slowly sinking deeper
And I don’t wanna go down
With this ship

(Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh)
I don’t wanna go down with this ship

The No. 1 Cause of Death Amongst Youth Today

Written By: Kris Schroeder/Walter De Backer

I am an ordinary boy
I tell an ordinary story
Of a life I thought was once unique
But now I know I’m wrong
The wheels have fallen off
It should be sad but no, it’s not
‘Cause now I’ve realised that

Oh, we all feel pain from time to time
Oh, we all feel shame from time to time

I hear them talking in the street
Their voices like a symphony
They carry on about my life as if they’ve seen it on tv
It all comes down to expectation
Experience then revelation
As we discover some relationships were never meant to be
But do the they really see?

That oh, we all feel pain from time to time
Oh, we all feel shame from time
Oh, It weighs so heavy on my mind
Oh, but it’s time to leave the past behind

You know I know what you know
I think it’s time we let go
And I’m thinking about my life
And how it fell apart
Today you know I realised it’s only just the start

I am an ordinary boy
I tell an ordinary story
Of a life I thought was once unique
But now I know I’m wrong
The wheels have fallen off
It should be sad but no, it’s not
‘Cause now I’ve realised that

Oh, we all feel pain from time to time
Oh, we all feel shame from time to time
Oh, It weighs so heavy on my mind
Oh, but it’s time to leave the past behind

Fear Of Failure

Written By: Kris Schroeder/Walter De Backer

Pictures of places
Memories of faces
Lost on me
I see you running
And I wonder how long till
You find your feet

I think you know
What I’m thinking
I know you feel it too
All the pressure
In that moment
When you have to choose

Well you can bide your time
For the rest of your life
Keep your options open
So you don’t have to decide
But are you waiting for excuses to materialise?
Or is it fear of failure?

Everyone changes
Working our way through these fallen leaves
But the branches are breaking
And you can’t help mistaking
The forest for the trees

You know there’s no one
Right decision
But you just can’t go on
Stumbling blind

‘Cause you can bide your time
For the rest of your life
Keep your options open
So you don’t have to decide
But are you waiting for excuses to materialise?
Or is it fear of failure?

So you keep treading the same ground
Forgetting that you found
The faith you need
You say your future’s in limbo…

With your head in the clouds
Don’t look down
I am holding you up

With my feet
On the ground
We can make sense of the pictures, places
Memories, faces
That we lost on the way

Well you can bide your time
For the rest of your life
Keep your options open
So you don’t have to decide
But are you waiting for excuses to materialise?
Or is it fear of failure?

Discography

With This Ship (single)- 2009
Stand Out/Fit In (LP) - 2007
Lookin' Over My Shoulder (single) - 2007
Just Hold On (single) - 2006
For Girls Like You (EP) - 2005
Call It Rhythm and Blues (single) - 2005
Get Back (LP) - 2004

Set List

1. With This Ship
2. Like A Brother
3. The Day Mairead Goes Away
4. The Executioner
5. Home Again
6. Keep The Door Open
7. Fear of Failure
8. Trouble In His Head
9. Feels Like Love
10. I Could Be Happy
11. You're Already Gone

Can do anything from 30 minutes to 3-4 hours...