Basement are an English rock band formed in 2009 in Ipswich. They went on hiatus following their This Is Goodbye tour in November 2012. On 29 January 2014, the band announced in a post on their Facebook page that they would be reuniting.
Early years, I Wish I Could Stay Here, Colourmeinkindness and hiatus (2009–12)
Basement formed in September 2009 in Ipswich, England, following the break-up of pop punk band In This for Fun. In This for Fun released The Away from Home EP before they broke-up. On 17 May 2010, the band released their debut EP Songs About the Weather and in August, signed to Run for Cover. They released their first full-length album, I Wish I Could Stay Here, through Run For Cover Records in 2011. The band promoted the release through several tours, including tours to Australia and two American tours with label mates and friends Daylight.
Before the release of their second album Colourmeinkindness, the band announced an hiatus. The group revealed that the break was "due to a number of personal commitments". Colourmeinkindness was released on 23 October and charted at number 188 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In mid-November, the band played their final shows. Guitarist Alex Henery later revealed it was due to vocalist Andrew Fisher wishing to become a certified teacher. This required Fisher to return to school for a period of a year and a half. Drummer James Fisher, Andrew's younger brother, was graduating from art school, and the rest of the members were working on their respective careers. Henery, meanwhile, was working as a videographer in Boston, Massachussettes for Run for Cover.
Reunion and Promise Everything (2014–present)
On the 29 January 2014 a tweet was posted on the band's Twitter account simply saying "Hi", and the dates "2008–2012" were removed from their Twitter and Facebook biographies, suggesting the band had returned from their hiatus. The band posted on Facebook later that day confirming that the hiatus was over as well as suggesting that there would be a summer tour.
In June 2014, the band announced that they had secretly recorded a new EP for release in July of that year, entitled Further Sky including two new songs, plus a cover of Suede's "Animal Nitrate". The band toured across Australia, Japan and America between 26 July and 20 August. For the latter, all of the tour dates had sold out. The band then played a trio of shows (London, Leeds and Manchester) in the UK in late October with support from Cloakroom and Newmoon.
Guitarist Alex Henery noted in an August 2014 interview with The Aquarian that they were writing material for a new album. On January 29, 2016, the band released Promise Everything.
AllMusic biographer Matt Collar described the band's sound as influenced by "melodic hardcore punk". Collar later described the band's sound as noise rock. The band is heavily influenced by early 90s acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate and grunge acts such as Nirvana, as well as emo bands The Promise Ring and Braid. On Songs About the Weather, Punknews.org reviewer Brian Shultz compared the band to the likes of Title Fight, Daylight and Bearings. The EP's sound has been described as pop punk. I Wish I Could Stay Here has been described as emo, pop punk, post-hardcore, and punk rock. Colourmeinkindness has been described as emo, grunge, punk rock, rock, and alternative rock. Further Sky has been described as alternative rock and rock. Promise Everything has been described as alternative rock.