THE BASICS – Friday 19th December

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“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”.

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