Canadian shoegaze trio Basement Revolver broke onto the scene last year with their debut single ‘Johnny’, which primed them for success, racking up hundreds of thousands of Spotify plays. Here, they’ve surpassed it with their newest single and sequel song, ‘Johnny Pt. 2’.
The former song had an aching melancholy to it which they’ve now doubled down upon. Lead singer Chrisy Hurn’s vocals are reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and expertly illustrate the feeling that comes after a break-up. “You say you still love me,” she sings over a soundscape soaked in reverb, “but you can’t do this anymore.”
Hurn wrote the song almost directly after a breakup with the titular ‘Johnny’, and it’s telling in its immediacy. The band capture a dynamic of shoegaze and indie rock, with echoing chords pierced by an insistent guitar riff, driving you through the tale of heartbreak, and how it affects re-discovering your identity. It’s addictive stuff.
I’ve never been hugely into shoegaze, but the band capture something special here, combining haunting vocals with a beautiful atmospheric sound, building towards the final admission, pleading for the subject to come home. It’s totally unsurprising that they’re doing well for themselves in their native Ontario, and if this is a sign of what’s to come, then they may be ready for the bigger audience they deserve.
‘Johnny Pt. 2’ is the lead single from Basement Revolver’s upcoming sophomore EP, ‘Agatha’, which is released on 21st July 2017 on fear of missing out records. Pre-order on Bandcamp here.