Release Date 11/15/2019
(Run for Cover) NACC, FMQB
Varsity came to fruition one night in 2013 when several Chicago musicians gathered for a "salon night" where friends shared stories and songs. Singer-keyboardist Stephanie Smith was set to perform solo, but was quickly drawn to the sound of guitarists Dylan Weschler and Pat Stanton and asked them to join her. Shortly after their first performance as a trio, they recruited Jake Stolz on drums and his brother, Paul Stolz, on bass to fully round out their sound and become the quintet that they are today.
Varsity has since found success in the growing indie-pop space. The powerful driving vocals of singer/keyboardist Stephanie Smith over infectious guitar melodies and exciting rhythm has them frequently sharing bills with artists including American Wrestlers, Alvvays, Courtney Barnett, The Hold Steady and Car Seat Headrest. The band has further explored and developed their sound across a variety of digital releases—often two complementary singles at a time —that have earned rave reviews and a growing audience with millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify.
The Basement Takes is a collection of some of Varsity’s scattered singles and other recordings from the first few years of the band’s existence. The LP features six songs only previously available digitally or on cassette directly from the band, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Taken By Surprise” and “Second Act.” It also marks the first time that the band’s viral hit ‘So Sad, So Sad’ will be available on vinyl.