MODERN FOLK THAT DOESN’T SAY SHHH
Local band rings new ears with a classic genre
BASECAMP makes folk get loud when they take the stage at the Rockit Room (5th and Clement St.) for their debut show in San Francisco this Monday, October 13.
“Today’s folk music isn’t about showing up with acoustic instruments to whisper lyrics into the mic”, says BASECAMP’s lead singer and songwriter Christopher Grant Ward, adding, “or, at least it doesn’t have to be.”
While they call their music “modern folk”, BASECAMP certainly draws much of its inspiration from classic artists such as Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Woody Guthrie, The Doors, The Velvet Underground and Creedence Clearwater Revival. They blend this with the sound of more recent artists such as Elliot Smith, Spoon, Wilco, Jeff Buckley and Yo La Tengo.
Ward acknowledges that lot of those artists might not be considered folk. “We’re not interested in limiting this genre to the way it is on iTunes. Folk can include any approach to lyrics and performance that address the shared experiences of people in a certain time and place, such as the incredible songs that were written during the Great Depression or the Vietnam War. Serious changes are happening to the people living in our country and our city of San Francisco. There’s no shortage of things to be speaking out about right now. There’s also no reason we can’t tap into the folk tradition and still bring that message full-throated into the clubs at the same time.”
BASECAMP’s line up consists of Ward (vocals, guitar), Graham Stearns (guitar, piano) and Dominic Fasso (electric guitar), as well as featured guest player Rob Mills (bass). Check out BASECAMP this Monday, October 13 at the Rockit Room, 406 Clement Street, San Francisco 94118. Bring your earplugs and your friends.
Contact BASECAMP for more information
phone: 415 971 3460
Official Website: http://www.basecampmusic.com
Added by Basecampmusic on October 5, 2008