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Basement Revolver

Johnny

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by tom johnson

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“It’s a really bad time right now. It’s a really bad time right now.  It’s a really bad time right now.”

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Presented with the same kind of gleaming spirit that propelled Alvvays’ ‘Archie, Marry Me‘ in to the stratosphere, ‘Johnny’ is the magnificent new track from Basement Revolver, a trio from Ontario who are lighting a fire under the encroaching summer months with the beautiful bluster of a debut track, as wholesome and promising as 2016 has delivered thus far.

One expects that the Alvvays comparison might be one that crops up frequently but for all the laziness that perhaps comes with it, there’s certainly a linkage to be made; Chrisy Hurn’s most romanticised of lead vocals landing blows like some weighty sledgehammer through the robust indie-pop spine that props the whole thing up. Presented as an “attempt to rationalise difficulties with my past partner and all the heartache and angst that comes from having a really bad time,” ‘Johnny’ ripples with a realness that can’t be faked, but one that is diluted somewhat by the sheer joy of hearing such trepidations tied with loving arms to whimiscally fantastic pop melodies. And for all the lines drawn between past acts and songs, there’s a kind of weirdness and singularity here that marks it out as absolutely its own beast: the way the guitars ripple beneath it all, the thudding rush of the percussion that always threatens to let loose but never quite does…

A really bad time it might well be but Basement Revolver shine a light on such discontent and, in doing so, craft the kind of glow that raises the proverbial roof. Play, play and play again, below.

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