The ten-strong Basil Slam have known one another for several years through playing in or being friends with various London-based bands. However, this is the first time that they have ever played together as a group. They wrote and recorded the majority of the material for "Sketches of the Stolen West" over the course of a weekend (24th/25th February) on a 4-track cassette machine in an empty warehouse in North London. They also invented a new cocktail, the 'Basil Slammer'.
Alex Norman - drums / percussion / backing vocals Andrew Dehany - vocals / lyrics / percussion / backing vocals Benjamin Beare - bass guitar / electric guitar / percussion / backing vocals Dan Barrett - guitars (baritone, electric, acoustic) / vocals / casio keyboard / percussion / electronics / backing vocals Gervase Gordon - drums / analog synth / acoustic guitar / percussion / backing vocals James Williams - electric guitar Joanne Noble - drums / vocals / lyrics / percussion / backing vocals Joe Corcoran - electric guitar / casio keyboard / percussion / backing vocals Matt Percival - bass guitar / harmonica / percussion / backing vocals Moh Rahman - analog synth / bass guitar / percussion / backing vocals
Sketches of the Stolen West(2007)
A tale of one manís lovesick journey through the depths of utmost despair, involving copious amounts of rum, a visit to an unexpected electronic party dimension and his eventual redemption through the intervention of a guardian angel & the discovery of the spiritual comforts of a musical family.
After the Last Days of Disco(2008)
A group of young people in the present day imagine a former generation coming to terms with the end of their Hi-NRG youth.