The last time I saw Basement was with a crowd of nearly 3,500 people, so I knew seeing them play a sold-out show at an intimate venue like Revolution on Long Island would be a treat.
Souvenirs, a California-based emo band, opened up the show, followed by the indie-pop four-piece pronoun. Though the room wasn’t quite full yet for the opening two bands, the fans that showed up early were lucky to catch them.
By the time Citizen took the stage shortly after pronoun, the room was packed. The venue was insanely hot and there was hardly any space to move, but no one seemed to care. The band played songs off Youth, Everybody Is Going To Heaven and As You Please, including “Sleep”, “Numb Yourself”, “In The Middle Of It All” among other fan favorites. It was incredible to see the energy in the crowd. Fans were moshing, crowdsurfing and screaming along as they experienced the cathartic set in unity.
Basement’s set was similar — an endless steam of crowd surfers taking to the stage and fans losing their minds seeing the band played songs from each of their LPs until eventually closing out the night with “Promise Everything”. Though their style has progressed and become more refined since their earlier days as a band, Basement’s music is honest and easy to connect with, and it was clear from the way the fans reacted that their music will always pack a punch. The energy in the room was untamable, and Basement seemed to be having as much fun as the fans. Basement and the crowd were feeding off each others’ energy fueling the fire that created such a memorable night for all in attendance.