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The Acoustic Basement is one of PropertyOfZack’s favorite additions to Warped Tour in recent years, which is just a small part of the reason why we’re so excited to be sponsoring its satellite tour that kicks off in just two days. There’s an interesting story behind the idea and creation of the Acoustic Basement though, so we thought it’d be a great idea for Editor-in-Chief Erik van Rheenen to speak with Brian Marquis to tell the story of the Basement. Check it all out below!
This is the story of the Acoustic Basement, but it doesn’t start in the blistering summer heat in the dog days of the Vans Warped Tour. The story of the Acoustic Basement starts with a young Brian Marquis in his own basement, waking up to his dad playing blues guitar at 5 o’clock in the morning.
“I grew up with a father who played the blues on the acoustic guitar and harmonica,” Marquis says. “I used to hate it sometimes, when he played really backwoods stuff. He’d wake me up at 5 a.m. playing the guitar next to my bedroom in the basement.”
As a baby, Marquis would mess around on the harmonica, — he actually focuses on playing it well, now— but it wasn’t until he was 11 that he took up guitar. It wasn’t really the music that allured him — at least not yet, anyways. It was just that, when posing with a guitar, 11-year-old Brian Marquis thought he looked so fucking cool.
“Me and a friend would just hold the guitar in front of the mirror and look badass,” Marquis says, recalling the memory with a laugh. “I took lessons, but I only wanted to play songs, so I stopped and would just try to play along with records or the radio.”
Fast forward to 2010. Marquis’ post-hardcore band, Therefore I Am, just broke up, and Marquis moved to Los Angeles for the scenery. Just before the break-up, Marquis began taking guitar lessons again, this time switching from electric guitar to acoustic. Once the band split and Marquis stopped touring full-time, he started making friends with the Warped Tour production folks.
During the waning years of Therefore I Am, Marquis realized he needed a creative outlet he could call his own. The band was a democracy: everything from tours to T-shirt designs — down to the simplest chord of a song — was carefully deliberated between the group’s members. Playing acoustic shows was a solitary pleasure for Marquis, and one he takes pride in. “It’s such a simple setup,” he says. “It’s just you and your guitar. There’s something so great in the simplicity of going anywhere with a bag to sing your songs and tell your story.”
Acoustic guitar in tow, Marquis set out to start his solo career, releasing his first acoustic EP, Snow Damage, in November of 2011. He talked to Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour, and threw out his idea: an acoustic tent. Lyman wasn’t sold, since acoustic shows historically flopped on the Warped Tour. So Marquis asked some of his closest friends to go all-in with him on the idea.
To Write Love On Her Arms have announced the Heavy And Light Tour, which will feature special performances from Now, Now, Aaron Gillespie (The Almost), Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer), and Anthony Raneri (Bayside), among others. Now, Now and Joe Foreman (Switchfoot) will be playing every night of the tour with other acts playing select cities. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”
Bayside is one of the most consistent bands right now. The band hasn’t released anything that can even be called remotely bad, and even released what could arguably be the best record of their career just last year and with their fan base only growing more and more after every tour. So it was only right of Bayside to give listeners something to tide over until they bust out another awesome album. The Covers Volume 1 EP does one hell of a job to hold us over.
Now someone who isn’t familiar with these older classic songs could think that these are original Bayside songs. They took such a great twist on all of these tracks that you could easily tell upon first listen, that the band put a lot of work into this release. Each cover is done perfectly, from the shredding guitars to Anthony’s unique vocals.
The EP opens with “Be My Baby” showcasing that Bayside definitely knows how to shred and do some killer harmonies at the same time. The solo by O’Shea puts the perfect touch that makes it sound more like a Bayside song then a Ronettes song. This track is a great sign of what Bayside’s next album could sound like.
A lot of bands have been covering Elvis Costello lately and while some do it very well (The Sidekicks) others can struggle a little bit. Bayside do a great job with this one as well. With all due respect to Elvis Costello, Bayside take his song and make it so much more alive and just crush the original. Anthony vocals really shine on this one.
“Runaway” sounds like something that would have been on Shudder. The track showcases the little dark side that Bayside pulls out in most of their songs. “Wild Night” also has a little bit of a dark side but the harmonies strike pretty hard here as well.
Brooklyn, New York pop-punk quartet, On the Fifty, is a band hell-bent on hitting you with the most sophisticated, thought-provoking pop-punk nuggets this side of the new decade. It is no wonder their idol, Bayside’s Anthony Raneri, worked with the New York upstarts on their forthcoming debut EP, Fast Hands, Bad Timing. Combining personal experiences and youthful hardships with that quintessential New York flare, On the Fifty are poised to find out that good things happen to people who harbor sincere intentions (and a knack for writing powerful hooks). Not too shabby for four guys still in college.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Tim Dolan – Vocals/Guitar
Tom Dambro – Guitar
John Kantar – Bass
Anthony Imperato - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Brooklyn, New York
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Anthony and I have been playing together since the 6th grade and John and Tom have always been good friends of ours so when we decided to start getting serious with the band we asked them to join. We’ve been playing as OTF for about 2 ½ years now.
Why should people listen to your band?
I think people should take a listen to us in hopes that they can relate to the messages and ideas we’re creating. All of the songs on our EP come from past experiences in our everyday lives, so we hope that our experiences can be relatable to others.
How have you grown since you started?
I think time has been very good to us as far as growing and maturing as a band. We’ve been able to really concentrate on every little detail in every song so that it’s structured in the best possible way. The dozens of shows we’ve had in the last year have also allowed us to grow and feel more comfortable and natural on stage as well.
What sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
I believe this band has versatility. Pop-punk acts are commonly associated with three chords and bubblegum lyrics but we’re not really about that. We really take our time with the writing process and understanding exactly where parts, melodies and lyrical patterns need to be. Of course, it’s always super fun to write a quick and catchy jam, but there’s more to a great song than just that hook you can’t get out of your head. It takes time and lots of patience to write a complete song we’re all floored about and I think that’s a great glue to our band.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
I would have to say the camaraderie involved, since everyone in the band were good friends with each other far long before the band was formed. It’s crazy to see how everything panned out since we knew each other.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Some bands that I’m listening to now are Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Tigers Jaw and Into It. Over It.
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Paper + Plastick Records
Less Than Jake on blur
Sparks The Rescue - “Water Your Heart (Safe , Sound And Buried”
The Future Is Me - “Wreck And Salvage”
Stop Dead (Ryan Of This Century) - “Control”
Just Like Vinyl - “Hours And Whiskey Sours”
Dear You - “August Almost Broke Me”
Call Me Anything - “Celebrity”
Behind The Booth
Storm The Beaches
Flatfoot 56 - Toil
Daybreaker, Candy Hearts [09/21-10/05]
Between Bayside and playing solo on the Acoustic Basement Stage, Anthony Raneri had one hell of a summer on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. PropertyOfZack was lucky to film three Lives of Raneri performing both Bayside and solo songs at the Acoustic Basement Stage. Check out Anthony’s great performances of “Don’t Call Me Peanut,” “Sandra Partial,” and “On Love, Oh Life” below by clicking “Read More!”