Hamilton indie-rock trio Basement Revolver have released their expansive new single “Baby” from their debut album Heavy Eyes, due out via Sonic Unyon on August 24. Weaving melancholia with fuzzy dreamy pop melodies and a heavy guitar undercurrent, lead-singer Chrisy Hurn shares intimate stories and personal wounds from her past.
“I feel a lot of emotions, sometimes annoyingly so. ‘Baby’ is about feeling sad and down even though you are generally happy about everything and everyone in your life. It’s about feeling confused about what I want in life, and how that affects other people. It is about crying a lot and feeling like I was burdening my partner with those questions (even though he has always been completely sorry) and not wanting him to feel like he was the source of my anxiety. It is also about my tendency to retreat when things get too overwhelming, to spend all day and night in my bed and watching Netflix and eating Doritos.”
Basement Revolver brings together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth), and Brandon Munro (drums), and are named such due to Chrisy’s basement apartment, rather than any trigger happy leanings. To record their debut full-length, Heavy Eyes, the band returned to local Hamilton studio TAPE, where they had recorded both their previous EPs, Agatha (2017) and their 2016 self-titled EP which featured debut single “Johnny”. 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.
Together with producers Adam Bentley and Jordan Mitchell, the band continued to hone their signature sound in studio for Heavy Eyes. In this comfortable environment, they found the freedom to get heavier for some songs and more laid-back for others. As Chrisy 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.”
Having just completed a run throughout the US and Canada in March and April, Basement Revolver will head over to the UK for the very first time in May for The Great Escape before returning home for a couple more dates in Canada. More tour dates will be announced shortly.
BASEMENT REVOLVER ON TOUR
May 17 • Brighton, UK • Great Escape Festival
May 22 • London, UK • Paper Dress Vintage
June 2 • Hamilton, ON • Barton Village Festival
June 20 • New York, NY • A2IM Indie Week
June 22 • Montreal, QC • Quai 5160
HEAVY EYES TRACKLIST
06 Johnny Pt. 2
09 Tree Trunks
10 You're Okay
11 Heavy Eyes