It says so much about the music scene today when you and your friends can form a band with nothing more than a computer and a dream. This formula was exactly what was empolyed by one new Minnesota band, Birkeland’s Basement. Forming in the summer of 2009, Basement orignially was unsure of the shape it would take.
“I knew I wanted to make a song about some overconfident asshole who had sex with women.”20 year old band member Steven Fay said. “But beyond that I don’t really think we thought about that idea expanding.”
In Basement’s beginning, it was a duo made up of Steven Fay and Hans Birkeland, where the band got their name because the original songs were written in his basement. But soon after writing the first few songs, Fay and Birkeland realized that they needed someone who could provide their lyricism with beats and instrumentation. “We could write and sing the songs, but we were really pretty clueless about adding beats and rhythms and all that.” Birkeland noted. “That’s why we turned to Nils.”
Nils Persson, a friend of Fay and Birkeland had been experimenting with beats and different kinds of music for many years before he was approached to join Basement. “I had been experimenting with all sorts of music before Steven and Hans came to me with the idea for making a song. I thought it was a great idea but why stop at one?” Persson commented.
The idea for a band came shortly after the first meeting with Persson. “I thought yeah, why not? We all had ideas for songs we wanted to write and make so it just seemed natural that we continue on and try to make an album.” Fay added.
The trio is currently working on a music video for it’s EP, “Ima Fuck You Bitch” and is also working on songs, “I Beat Bop-It” and “The Nilla Slide”. The only question that Fay, Birkeland and Persson couldn’t answer was what sort of music their band made. “Our first few songs are definitely in more of a rap/hip-hop vein.” Birkeland stated. “But we also plan to write songs that have more of a techno-pop sound and maybe some more experimental stuff too. Sort of like The Lonely Island or Flight of the Conchords but with way less talent.”
No release date has been given for the first as of now still untitled debut album from Basement but the one thing fans can expect once it does it that it shouldn’t be taken seriously. “We’re not really trying to make good music.” Said Fay. “It’ll sound decent for sure but nothing that makes people stand up and say, woah that’s good.”
“It’s really our idea to appeal to as many people as possible, or at least having people talking about us whether it’s because they think we suck or they like us.” Persson added. “Just coming up with our name took us months, we settled on Birkeland’s Basement because we all agreed that it was both accessible yet mysterious enough where we could be making any kind of music. Everyone’s bound to like at least one of our songs.”
It seems the trio of Birkeland’s Basement leaves a lot to be desired. But from what they have lead us to understand so far is that it will be something like a cross between this:
But way shittier.