With the working title Knaïvety, it will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios – in fact, in Studio 2 where their idols The Beatles recorded most of their masterpieces.
It is the first overseas visit together since 2009 for bassist Kris Schroeder, guitarist Tim Heath and drummer Wally De Backer. Schroeder told Beat the trio will be recording these initial sessions from Monday March 17 to Sunday April 6. On Thursday April 3 they also play a one-off show at a 200-capacity club called Birthdays.
The sessions will be produced by Abbey Road’s senior engineer, Peter Cobbin. He is an Australian who trained as an engineer at EMI Sydney before joining Abbey Road in 1995, where he developed a reputation for mixing vintage equipment with digital technology. He remixed The Beatles Anthology for DVD release, as well as surround mixed for DVD projects John Lennon Legend and U2 Go Home, Live At Slane Castle.
During their return to live action after a three year hiatus, The Basics introduced half a dozen new songs in their set. During their break, Schroeder recorded a solo EP Patience In The Face Of Control and worked with the Red Cross in Kenya where he came down with malaria. Heath played with instrumental outfit Blood Red Bird and took on film work. Wally of course turned into the Gotye phenomenon.
The Basics’ last two releases Ingredients (2012) and Leftovers (2013) were retrospective collections.