Labasheeda are an art-punk band from Amsterdam based around singer/guitarist/violin player Saskia van der Giessen and guitarist Arne Wolfswinkel. A driven act whose sound blends poppy melodies with bursts of distorted violin, melancholic vocals and wire wool guitar dissonance juxtaposed with intense drumming.
Since they were formed in 2004, Labasheeda have built up a strong cult following from their unrelenting touring and recording schedule. Tours across Europe and Canada are where the band really holds their own, delivering intense and energetic performances. Their acoustic sets are equally captivating and perfectly suited for their live radio performances like on diverse BBC stations in the UK, Canada, the Czech Republic, and of course the Netherlands.
In May 2015 Labasheeda released Changing Lights, their fourth full-length album (available on blue vinyl on Presto Chango Records as well as a digital download). The album got favorable reviews in the Netherlands and abroad.
Dan Reid – MNPR Magazine (mnprmagazine.com), 26/08/2020
Five Years in the Making, Amsterdam Art-Punk Band Labasheeda Release New Album ‘Status Seeking’ September 4th
Status Seeking – Our Thoughts
We begin with ‘Dark Dream’ which sets the tone for the whole album, there are definitely “Refused” vibes from this band, and also you get the delicious twangy bass we have come accustomed to from the punk community, the melodic hooks that bring the chorus home and back again.
Is it weird that my brain is taken to the vocal styling of Pavements Stephen Malkmus, and the odd delivery he would bring in timing and melody, this sits in a really cool place for Saskia’s vocals.
In a world of polish, Labasheeda dares to walk the fine line between poppy melodies and gentle hardcore. The album threatens a live band that will no doubt “kick it” on stage but are able to delve into some actual song-craft for this album. There are times when this album feels like its withholding some grunt in the hardcore world, but as an album, it sits quite interestingly, lulling you into a sense of safety and then midway through it picks up to stove your heart in.