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The Basement Tickets

The Basement Tickets
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The Basement is the name of more than one artist: 1) UK indie 2) US hip-hop group 3) gothic rock 4) funk 5) Belgian artist 1) The Basement is an indie group formed at the start of 2003 in Northern Ireland. Several years ago, before they were called The Basement, John Mullin, (singer, guitarist and song-writer), Mark McCausland (lead guitar) and Declan McManus (drums) got together in their hometown of Omagh, knowing they wanted to do something with music. "We decided to decamp to Liverpool the first chance we got," says Mullin. "There was no real mystical reason for Liverpool. It was the first place we hit land after Northern Ireland." It was a fortuitous place to settle. Within a few months, they met bassist Graeme Hassall and began to rehearse. Living in "a proper shit-hole" (their flat, not the city), they started to make a name on Liverpools rich, rising scene. They were soon discovered by Alan Wills who signed them to his Deltasonic label. The Basement name came as a nod to Dylans Subterranean Homesick Blues because, as Mullin says, "the place we were living and rehearsing in was like a basement and Mark used to take the piss out of me because of the line in the song that says Johnnys in The Basement. So it stuck." In mid 2003, the band released Medicine Day. They followed this in 2004 with Do You Think Youre Movin On and then The Basement went away to work on the album. On recording the album Mullin explains, "I was never comfortable with the idea of walking into the studio with some guy youve never met and the clocks on and youve got to make magic. "It was more about finding a situation that was comfortable for us. Producing the album was fellow Irish-man Mike Crossey at Liverpools Motor Museum Studios. The band spent four months travelling around Ireland and playing in pubs with old men who they freely admit were far better musicians. Then The Basement re-entered the studio. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.