New York’s rock’n’roll lineage, like London’s, is a proud tradition that doesn’t seem like it will ever die. The Britanys, formed barely two years ago, are one of the latest bands to uphold it, picking things up from the early noughties as if the last 10 years never happened.
That’s no bad thing – ‘Basketholder’ is one of their best songs yet, all infectious garage-rock that straddles transatlantic influences like The Strokes and The Libertines, and frontman Lucas Long’s yearning vocals. It’s no surprise when you find out it was produced by Gordon Raphael, he of producing ‘Is This It’ and ‘Room On Fire’ fame. In fact, it makes perfect sense.
The premise of its video is as classic as their sound. It was shot in the band’s basement by Ed Herrera, edited by The Britanys themselves, and features a mix of performance, lights and model Amanda Musacchia. It glitters hard, from the illuminations of the city to the foil curtains making the band look like they’re playing in a chintzy social club instead of a New York basement.
Expect bigger things from The Britanys in the near future – they’re about to go into the studio with Jonny Shenke (Parquet Courts/The Drums) to record their debut EP – but, for now, watch the video for ‘Basketholder’ below.