The Basement presents a monthly showcase of red hot emerging acts a mix of interviews and scorchingly good performances. This month, enjoy the distinctive urban roots of Terry Serio's Ministry of Truth, and melodic seventies-era stylings of Henry Fraser And The Echo.

Terry Serio's Ministry of Truth released their debut album, Oblivion, a few months ago. The band play gorgeous and gritty Australian urban roots music: songs of love, loss, disillusion, addiction, brushes with the law, divine providence and redemption ... tall tales and true that draw their musical and lyrical inspiration from the deep well of authentic roots country styles and themes with discernible influences from the likes of Hank Williams, Lou Reed and Gillian Welch ....

His band are no less distinguished, comprising Jon Schofield (ex Paul Kelly) guitar/mandolin/accordian, John Kaldor (ex Roy Loney's Phantom Movers) pedal steel, Peter Kaldor (Film Composer/Subterraneans) bass, Lucy Kaldor (Magnetic Heads) keyboard/vocals, Jason Burec (Doomfoxx) drums.

Henry Fraser And The Echo

Henry Fraser And The Echo bring a wide range of influences to their distinctive style of melodic pop. Thickly textured with harmony and counterpoint, Fraser's songwriting draws on the force and energy of the soul greats, the warmth and melodic sweep of 70s singer songwriters like James Taylor and Neil Young, illuminated with flashes of the classical and baroque.

He is a dynamic front man with an intense  presence that draws audiences deep into the band's performance and into the heart of each song. And each song has a heart; each song is going somewhere. The effect is expressive, sincere and unpretentious, as the group delves into realms of reflective melancholy, playfulness and raw passion, tempered with an obvious and buoyant delight in making music. This show marks the launch of Henry Fraser and the Echo's debut self-titled EP.

Buy your tickets here $15 plus booking fee presale or $20 on the door.