stream Basement Revolver’s new single “Knocking”
Hamilton, Ontario indie rock trio Basement Revolver release their debut LP, Heavy Eyes, on August 24 via Fear of Missing Out Records and Sonic Unyon. You may have heard the album’s excellent first song, “Baby,” on our playlist of 40 songs we liked from May 2018, and today we’re premiering the second single, “Knocking.” While “Baby” is more grungy and rock leaning, “Knocking” is sparer, dominated by vocalist and guitarist Chrisy Hurn’s yearning vocals. It’s an emotional song for her, and she wrote a little about it:
Knocking is probably the heaviest song on the album for me, personally. I often still can’t sing it without crying. I wrote it after writing my family a long letter that came clean about my past, and about some of the shit that I have been through. Hard things that left me feeling shameful, or like a disappointment to them – things that made me feel like I wasn’t the “good Christian woman” that they had hoped I would one day become. The letter came after a few years of hardcore wrestling and rebelling against what I believed in response to a traumatic event in my life. I got to a point where I didn’t recognize myself, or all the anger that I was holding inside. I basically kept telling myself that I was garbage, broken, unlovable, used and a whole other slur of things.
I think that knocking was my way out of that dark place. I told my boyfriend everything, and he just loved and supported me through it. I told my family everything, and they felt that they could understand me better. When it came time to talk to God about it (I’m sorry I don’t love getting religious, but it is where this song comes from and so I feel that I have to be honest about that), I felt grace, and forgiveness and acceptance. I felt like he/she had been standing there, waiting for me to get to a place where I was able to move on and forgive myself – and a place where I wasn’t angry or shutting God out. It reminded me of a story that I was told when I was a little girl and it is super cheesy (I think its in the Bible somewhere too) about God just standing at the door of our hearts, and knocking, waiting for us to open up.
Listen to “Knocking” below.