The Basement Tapes

The Basement Tapes

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The Basement Tapes are a mixture of contradictions. Sometimes playful, happy, and upbeat; other times inverted, dark, and mysterious. Sometimes straightforward and loving; other times subconscious and disturbed. The Basement Tapes will always leave an impression.

Biography

This story starts with a 12 year old boy doing hardcore rapping over some of his cousin's homemade beats. This boy, Greg McCracken, wrote his first album that year. In the next 5 years, he would make 4 more rap albums. Then, his life was changed when he heard The Beatles for the first time. It was at this moment that Greg obsessively dedicated his time to creating masterful pop songs like those of his favorite group. By the time Greg was 22, he had written an over-abundance of material which he shared with musicians Nathan Mitchell (Prisms, Ghost Outfit), Sam Hurd (Cadence), and Jake Hull (Momentary Prophets.) The proper songs were chosen, and The Basement Tapes were created.

Since the groups formulation, they have created a stellar following as well as 3 EP's and a full-length self-titled debut. Currently, the band is moving from a "record creating" directive to a live movement. Future plans include an acoustic tour in May to promote the new album.

Lyrics

Armageddon

Written By: Greg McCracken

Chasing the winter weather
High as a kite on Wednesday morning
Smiling at friendly faces
Streets will cease in February

And can't you see the sky is falling down?
Inverted ashes
Hit the ground consuming masses
Of the pavement brick and grass and...

The canvas will turn to white
As higher powers clear the colors
And so few will see the light
As footsteps step in steps of others

And can't you see the sky is falling down?
Inverted ashes
Hit the ground consuming masses
Of the planet...

LA LA LA LA-LA

Chasing the winter weather
High as a kite on Wednesday morning
Smiling at friendly faces
Streets will cease in February

And can't you see the sky is falling down?
Inverted ashes
Hit the ground consuming masses
Of the pavement brick and grass and...
Of the planet and...

I Will Be Your Blanket

Written By: Greg McCracken

When you're cold and naked
I will be your blanket
If it's chilled outside
I will warm your body against mine

When your lips are passive
I will be your chap stick
And your lips won't feel alone
When I've got mine pressing on your own

It's you and me against the world
And I like our chances
Just wait and see oh little world
We will take our plans then
Make a list of all of them
Back to back we'll conquer every one

When you're cold and naked
I will be your blanket
If it's chilled outside
I will warm your body against mine

When your lips are passive
I will be your chap stick
And your lips won't feel alone
When I've got mine pressing on your own

Riding to the Moon

Written By: Greg McCracken

Bitch, whining, stealing, lying, snapping, crying
Never here
Sneering, plotting, mischeif, fighting, anger, snarling
Never near

For when my ticket is in hand
I won't be coming back again
I'll be reached at 20 Lunar Way
So I will crawl in from the side
And tie the buckles of the ride
Hold my suitcase as I fly away

And it's just like I am riding to the moon

On a two-seat carousel
And I am laying down to look at all the comet's as they move
Floating freely rather win or lose
And when I see that starry sky
I won't look back at butterfly's
I will focus where I need to go

And it's just like I am riding to the moon

On a two-seat carousel
Forget the Daffydel's
The dust is now my residential home
Now I'll drink my teacups all alone
And when I see my vacant space
I will look back to my old place
And see them smiling as they play along

And it's just like I am riding to the moon

Discography

The Bloom EP (2006)
The Psychedelic Acid Freakout EP (2006)
The Basement Tapes...Go Acoustic! EP (2006)
The Basement Tapes (self titled LP) (2007)

Set List

Typical Full Band Set List: 30 minutes (Can be extended)
1) Armageddon
2) Voz II & I
3) Oh God
4) Riding To The Moon
5) Cheeseburger Tuxedo
6) I Will Be Your Blanket
7) Bloom
8) Lovely Dove

Typical Acoustic Set List: 25 minutes
1) Masquerade
2) A Song About Suckcess
3) Because
4) Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll
5) Oh God
6) The Blue Line
7) I Will Be Your Blanket
8) A New World

Added Acoustic Set List: 25 minutes
1) Laying on the Floor
2) All Fall Down
3) Bloom
4) Shadows
5) Riding to the Moon
6) Sunday Morning
7) Ghost in the Rain
8) Lovely Dove