The Jam, The Easybeats, The Skyhooks
Tim Heath - guitar/vox, Wally de Backer - drums/vox, Kris Schroeder - bass/vo
The Police, The Beatles, Crowded House
“No man who bothers about originality will ever be original… if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) The Basics – you either get them or you don’t. They are unconventional, true enough. Fellow Australian band Palorus Jack describe them best as “45 years behind, but a million years ahead”. Simone Ubaldi of Beat Magazine recognises the same paradox when she writes “they play 60s-cast retro rock, sure, but they play it like they invented it”. With their “forward-thinking-while-looking-back” sound, The Basics are a band at odds with the current Australian music scene. Perhaps it is naïve arrogance, but they continue to defy accepted notions of originality. They are acknowledged as “the feel-good sensation of the year”, “inspirational”, “immensely talented” and “faultless”. They have recently toured Japan, Norway and the UK – three countries now enamored with The Basics’ enthusiastic approach, their stories of love and loss, wonderfully tailored appearance and the cleverly arranged three-part harmony work that underpins their songs. This love is evidenced in their album Stand Out/Fit In being made iTunes Japan’s Feature Album in October and an invitation to headline the re-opening of the Marquee Club in London (famous for hosting performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Sex Pistols etc) among other honours unexpectedly bestowed on this little band from Melbourne. The Basics have become an international quantity, but their love for their island home brings them back to Australia to keep telling their stories, and demonstrate that notions of ‘retro’ and ‘originality’ are not mutually exclusive.