Interview: Bask – Heavy, melodic and loud in Asheville

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM (PST)


Post-metal with a pulse. Asheville, NC’s Bask are proving there is life beyond bands aping Nuer-Isis structures and forgetting to add the innovative spirit that made those legendary bands great in the first place. Tempo is not a genre unto itself. You still need great songs (check out Bask’s new single HERE).

My buddy Jesse Van Note is a former New York Stater and has since relocated southerly. Imagine my surprise when in short order the former bassist of NY rock n roll band Nothing But Wolves hit me up to say he was thrilled to be involved in a new project that he was really proud of. Entitled Bask, the group play a lively and lush mix of post-metal, hard rock, Americana and more…but the biggest element is heart.

In short order the group have already shared stages with Darkest Hour, Black Tusk and more, plus a pending date with Young And In The Way. This is a group that is coming out the gate busy and determined to make a mark. I like that and wish I could find a similar situation for myself, a band that wants to make things happen. You gotta work it to win it, kids.

The band lineup consist of Zebulon Camp (guitar and vocals), Scott Middleton (drums), Jesse Van Note (bass), and Ray Worth (guitar and vocals). Bask should appeal to fans of Across Tundras, Baroness or even Cult of Luna’s dreamier side, with just a great range of sounds under their belts. I cannot wait until you all can get a taste of their album rich American Hollow, out this summer.

Click HERE to learn more.


How did you get your unique sound, boys?


Scott: Ray and I started jamming and writing music in December of 2011 and did this for a year and a half until Jesse came into our graces by moving to Asheville.  We then added Zeb on vocals and guitar a few months afterwards and the lineup was solidified.


Jesse: I think our unique sound comes from our wide and various musical influences.


What has been the best part of gigging so far? I heard you played with Black Tusk already.


 Zeb: We have been lucky to play some great shows with awesome bands, especially for how new we are.  Traveling is always fun for us.


Love the diverse vocal performance on this record. It is cool you are unafraid to claim melodic vocals in a non shitty way, unlike bands that don’t get you don’t need processed vocals and it is way more impactful without them. Like your semi-ballad, “A Man’s Worth”.


Zeb:  I’ve really only been in Alt. Country bands seriously up until this point, so I guess I approacehed it that way.  I mean, I listen to a lot of metal with clean vocals, (Sleep, Royal Thunder) but really its just the only way i know how to sing.


What are your plans for this band? I hope a good label like Retro Futurist scoops you up, but either way don’t stop.


Scott: To play as much music to as many ears as possible and hopefully have an impact upon some folks along the way.



Zeb: Play shows, drink beer, go swimming.
Who is responsible for the pretty cover art of the kind of owl clan meeting for American Hollow? Also love the band name.


Bask: Kelly Hagemes, who is from Savannah, of Claw and Bone art.  Find her on Instagram at Clawandboneart or her website which is clawandbone.bigcartel.com.


 Let’s talk the title track. It builds and builds off that original intro and is just a moving composition. How do you compose for this band? It feels like the songs just pour out of the heart. Very relatable material.


Ray: There are three words we always keep in mind when writing; heavy, melodic & loud. We chose “American Hollow” as the title track because it encompassed all those aspects. In regards to how we write, you answered the question, we let it pour out.  Write about what you know, play what you love.


Why do you think, as Americans, most people seem to have a sense of listlessness or a hollow feeling with modern life at times?


Zeb : It’s interesting you get that from the record.  It may be a layer in there but not the most immediate, for me at least.  I don’t know if I can say why our culture is in that direction, or if it really is. Maybe people stopped doing what they wanted to do and made stability and comfort their main goal.  The record is more about perception of culture than culture itself.


What’s the scene like in Asheville, NC? I don’t know too much about it, admittedly.


Scott: I feel like Asheville’s music scene has really taken off in recent years and it is awesome to be able to play shows amongst a wide genre of bands.  We love being able to blend in with strange and unique lineups.


Zeb: There are a lot of hippies and a lot of heshers in Asheville.  They both seem to like us, sometimes.


What are you most excited about for the rest of 2014?





Ray: (.)(.)


Zeb: 8========D


Jesse: 8==========D ~~(.)(.)~



BASK: Our record being released & east coast tour in support of our new LP.  Thank you for letting us be part of this!


Jesse, Ray, Scott, and Zeb

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