Name: Basement Arms
Album: City Trash
Rock / Jam Band / Folk Rock. What the hell is a Jam Band? Isn’t that just a group of musicians who gather weekly in someone’s basement and they mess around until they have something that sounds decent then decide “Hey, maybe we should like do this official like and start up a band”?… Actually, now that I listen to this CD for the fourth time in as many hours, that sounds like it could have happened that way. They’ve got a nice up tempo, and it grooves and “swings” I suppose. But I feel like there was a lot of experimentation going on, since the songs don’t sound the same at all. It’s not rehearsed. They don’t have a formula for writing. This is refreshing.
I said already the songs don’t remind me of each other, right? Basement Arms is pretty heavy on some extraneous sound-effects, and I can’t say one way or another if it adds or doesn’t. I like clean music a lot of the time, instruments, voices, and not much else. But they don’t go overboard which is good. Overboard would be bad.
Where would anyone listen to Basement Arms might be a better unasked question than where would I listen to it. I listen to music at my computer, in my car, or at the club if I so happen to go. I’d like to see how they pull this music off in a live setting, that’s for sure. Some of the songs I could see playing at some of the crazier side-show performance type shows I go to though, It sometimes feels just creepy enough for it.