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Basement Brew Finally Release Full Length Album, ‘Lost in Ramble’

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It takes a while for the yeast to ferment the wort, and for the residual sugars, hops and other ingredients to meld together to create the perfect combination of flavors.

Rush it, and you could end up with a product that isn’t even worth drinking.

Basement Brew, the Fayetteville band made up of locals Lee Zodrow, Gideon Haden Chomphosy, Patrick George, Will Eubanks and Wes Packard took a similarly patient approach to creating their first full length album, spending seven years writing songs, crafting melodies, and writing parts for their debut album, Lost in Ramble.

The result? It’s pretty dadgum refreshing.

 

The band just released the 11-pack of tracks at a release party on Saturday at Smoke & Barrel Tavern with local songwriter Dana Louise and Springfield, MO band, The Too’s.

 

We got in touch with the band this week, and they were nice enough to answer some questions for us.

Only in Arkansas - Basement Brew - Performance

Tell us a bit about the lineup of the band and how you all started playing together.

 

Lee Zodrow is our lead singer, keyboardist, and principle songwriter. Gideon Haden Chomphosy and Patrick George take up the guitar responsibilities, Gideon on rhythm and Patrick on lead. They both are contributing songwriters as well, and Gideon sings lead on most of the tunes the two of them write, as well as singing harmony. Will Eubanks and Wes Packard round out the rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, and Will also sings harmony.

Patrick and Lee formed the band in 2007, after meeting and playing in Reed Indeed (what would later become Memphis Pencils) together. The lineup originally included J.D. Paul of SW/MM/NG on drums and Reed Faitak on bass. Throughout the years, we acquired new members as others moved away. Wes joined the band around 2009 and has been with us ever since. Gideon joined in 2010, and Will came in about a year and a half ago.

I know it’s kind of a cliche to ask, but we’re kind of curious about the band name too. Where’d Basement Brew come from?

 

When we started playing together, we were rehearsing in a basement, so that’s where that part comes from, and the “brew” represents what we are about musically. It’s a sort of concoction of all of the things that we love rolled into one sound, taking influence from all kinds of different artists and genres.

Basement Brew - East Hall Recording Sessions

You guys have a few recordings out, including a live set from Maxine’s not long ago. This new record is your first full length, though. Correct? Tell us a bit about it?

 

Yeah, this is our first LP, called Lost in Ramble. Working with Chris Moore at East Hall Recording and Will, who is not only our bassist but produced this record as well, we’ve finally tackled the feat of recording a full length record – after being a band for 7 years! The record itself spans our entire career to this point, with some of the songs being written 5 to 6 years ago, and others just recently.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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