Basement Goat is an indie rock group from Cicero, Illinois that moved to Chicago and has since been a staple of the underground indie scene in the area. Their first album, Runt of the Litter, was a moderate success that offered an eclectic sound of typical indie-rock stylings with some jazz flavor thrown in for good measure. Faded Lights and Rusty Sights refines that sound while offering some new flavors of soul, and heavy metal to create a unique soundscape that I haven’t heard from anything else new this year. The opening track, Ghost Town, solidifies the main thematic message of the album’s title, which is towns and cities that initially thrive, but after some time become abandoned by their primary industry and left to rot. Lead Singer Tony Terrence said in an interview that many of the album’s themes were inspired by stories from his grandfather who worked in a Detroit automotive factory and lost his job when the factories closed, causing a great amount of financial strain and upset for his family. This is not the sole theme of the album as the songs tackle many themes such as pollution, corporate corruption, and the mid-album track We Hate Big Record Companies is about… well… big record companies. That song in particular has a great sound and catchy main riff but will probably come back to bite them if they ever sell out.
The closing track, Memories of Deserts, is a refreshingly calm and heartfelt song after the aggression that is prevalent throughout the rest of the album. It’s about Terrence’s time spent as a national park ranger over the summer at Arches National Park in Utah after he graduated high school. He said the experience taught him a lot about himself, made him reevaluate his goals in life, and ultimately led him to pursue a full-time career as a musician. Overall the album is incredibly well-produced with a tight rhythm section, catchy riffs and choruses, and an impassioned creative voice behind every aspect of its creation. I highly recommend it to any fans of the indie rock or jazz fusion genre, and even if those aren’t your genres of choice, I would still say to give it a listen. I give it a 9 out of 10!
Written by Joe Wendermann for Wholenoterepair.com