Don’t look back and don’t get too far ahead of yourself; just accept the present as it passes you by. Seems easy enough, right?
For UK punks Basement it’s something they wrestle with throughout their fourth studio album, the follow-up to their breakthrough record of 2016, Promise Everything.
For frontman Andrew Fisher, living in the present has been hard. Beside Myself is a deeply self-aware album buried in bright guitars. Duncan Stewart’s lumbering bassline on Slip Away is in a constant battle with Fisher’s urgency to flee, Ultraviolet talks a friend off the ledge, and Stigmata is a freefall.
All the while, for all his self-knowledge, Fisher is just waiting, as his anxiety is heightened – waiting for the man, reliving his mistakes, and hoping for the payoff.
Beside Myself is out October 12 via Fueled by Ramen/Warner.
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