Basement Revolver has always centered around the friendship of bassist/keyboardist Nim Agalawatte (they/them) and guitarist/vocalist Chrisy Hurn (they/them). Lead guitarist Jonathan Malström (he/him) and drummer Levi Kertesz (he/him) round out the band’s larger-than-life sound. When tour plans went on hold through 2020, Basement Revolver found time to wrestle with questions about identity, faith, mental illness, and sexuality. Their sophomore LP, Embody, is explicit about these new ideas and new thoughts, addressing them with a deeper sound and crisper production to adroitly express the complexity of the world. It is an album of friendship, of working out identity together, and making deeply personal art.

The deluxe version of the Embody LP features the focus track, “Pull Yourself Together,” written about songwriter Chrisy Hurn’s experience having really bad panic attacks at parties. Maybe it’s not the kindest way to talk to yourself, but it was Chrisy’s way of giving themself some tough love and saying, “Get it together!”

“It makes me sad for baby Chrisy who was afraid that everyone was judging them or thinking negative thoughts towards them or their body,” says Chrisy Hurn. “It has taken a lot of work to get to a place where I don’t panic in party-like settings anymore.”

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