Basque – Pain Without Hope Of Healing

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The balance of noise, distortion from the vocals and guitars sit in an almost shoegaze mix within its floating and exploratory genre bending sound. Emotional, chaotic, dissonant, harsh yet somber in its delivery. A head full of thoughts and noise. Basque offer a refreshing development on the genre of Emoviolence and I look forward to hearing this live in its full intensity.

Artist: Basque
Album: Pain Without Hope Of Healing
Release Date: March 22nd, 2024
Label: No Funeral Records (US), Cremation Records (AUS), Fireflies Fall (FRA), Larry Records (US), Shove Records (ITA), LongLegsLongArms (JPN) and Tomb Tree Tapes (US)
Location: Ontario, Canada

Written by Scott Mclatchie

I often reflect about my progression through listening to the genres of Screamo, Emo and Emoviolence, it has always been a genre I have found has pushed limits and boundaries within its framework, bands like Pg.99, Circle Takes The Square, Gospel, and I Would Set Myself On Fire For You have always ticked a lot of boxes for me personally in terms of its awareness of itself and breaking boundaries within genres like Hardcore, Emo and Post-Hardcore. The Fluidity of the genre of screamo over the decades I feel has culminated into an incredibly unique sound we have in this current time and it will only get more experimental and extreme in its sonic intensity for years to come.

Basque is an Emoviolence band from Kitchener, Ontario is one of those bands. Frenzied and dissonant, the voices rising and falling into a forward in the mix chaos while sometimes dissipating into the textural grit of the noise and distorted drones in their debut LP Pain Without Hope Of Healing. I often harp on the “post-“ and remix culture of genres and how they are so important as they develop, but this is something that really excites me about the genres of Screamo and Emoviolence. Basque’s sound is the fusion of instrumentation and texture found on their new album, most notably for me is the tracks Everything Good Will Crumble, and Concrete Thoughts, Soften. These tracks to me embody the chaotic and frantic but also the relief and catharsis that is incredibly rewarding in this album.

At times dissonant, others somber and building. I notice the relief in Funeral For A Mouse, the closer of the album reminds me of Emoviolence like Ostraca, Piri Reis or IWONTSTOPWONDERINGUNTILYOUSTOPBREATHING, the dissonant resolves into the completion of many voices in unison with the post-rock elements of the band, but still despite the somber melodies we feel the grizzly and noisy aspects of this album. The fusion of noisy elements combined with this post-rock element is a texturally satisfying mix. It echoes out to bands like Welcome The Plague Year with its gristle and grind, listening to this record I feel the intensity in the playing of the band, the drums sit above in the mix and by far the cleanest sounding aspect of the record. The balance of noise, distortion from the vocals and guitars sit in an almost shoegaze mix within its floating and exploratory genre bending sound. Emotional, chaotic, dissonant, harsh yet somber in its delivery. A head full of thoughts and noise. Basque offer a refreshing development on the genre of Emoviolence and I look forward to hearing this live in its full intensity.

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