On Sunday, August 13th, synth-pop band Basic Printer graced the stage at The High Watt, setting the tone for an epic night. With the first few notes, the room ceased its conversations, and all eyes turned to composer Jesse Gillenwalters. Dubbing his songs "synth pop for four-year olds," a readily excited audience of adults began dancing to quirky, lively, and moveable music that Nashville Offbeat was happy to experience!
Basic Printer is the epitome of high energy, sounding like a mix of the best parts of Twenty-One Pilots and Matt & Kim, with a fun-loving punk energy. The foursome filled the air with dreamy synths, wave-like slide guitar, pounding drum beats, and awesome vocal samples that blew their audience away. Prefacing one tune by saying, "this is a song about a girl," Jesse launched everyone into an enthralling work of art, because, "sometimes you've got to write some orchestral synth punk when the girl you like doesn't like you back!" Very true, sir, very true.
Catchy, fun, and energetic; it's easy to see that these four guys love what they do. Basic Printer will be releasing a new single titled "Snore Captain" on Friday, August 18th. Nashville Offbeat had the chance to take a listen ahead of time, and we feel certain that you're going to love it! Go check out Basic Printer's website, and make sure to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram.
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).