‘‘Basement Dreams’ [is] a perfect pop song based around guitars and singalongs.’

Our story with The Keep Cats has been an honest one, one where they’ve had listen to some honest criticism from us but wow it shows how well they listened because ‘Basement Dreams’ is the second single of a new sounding The Keep Cats and quite frankly they’ve stripped back the back the band rebuilt the perfect band. The result of this work is ‘Basement Dreams’, a perfect pop song based around guitars and singalongs.

‘[On ‘Basement Dreams’ singer Jo has added] relatable honesty to sing-along pop, well, that’s the songwriters dream, isn’t it?’

Again the band have wisely chosen to pair with studio engineer Niko Battistini but this time in it’s lyrical themes Jo has given us an insight into the apprehensive mind of our youthful singer coming of age; adding relatable honesty to sing-along pop, well, that’s the songwriters dream, isn’t it? Jo explained how ‘Basement Dreams’ is ‘about the worries I have surrounding how my life will pan out. It’s about my friends growing up, becoming successful, getting good jobs while I am stuck in my basement writing songs, playing small pubs and open mics forever.’

‘[Basement Dreams] sing-along hook that will stick in your head with fondness not annoyance.’

‘Basement Dreams’ doesn’t break any ground as far as a pop song, in-fact in many ways it’s extremely derivative in its structural composition which is a compliment; far too many bands in their youth seem obsessed with trying to write the next ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. What The Keep Cats have done with ‘Basement Dreams’ is take things a step further from their last single ‘All You Got Left’ in a more accessible styling and one which will appeal to radio. There’s little more to be said about ‘Basement Dreams’; it’s a pop song with guitars that every teen will be able to relate to and has a sing-along hook that will stick in your head with fondness not annoyance. ‘Basement Dreams’ has been well timed specifically to drop the day before the bands set are the well revered Are You Listening Festival which sees them share a stage with a host of upcoming names including Whenyoung and Lazy Day and leaves us with one more collaboration single with Niko to come; with 2 tracks of the trio this strong we’re begging to hear the final track. The Keep Cats will have a great year; as likeable young lads making friends with emerging acts such as Valeras, strong songs and now strong production on their work it’s only a matter of time before the industry starts to pay attention.

10/10

Released: 26.4.2019

Words: James Wadsworth

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