Words: Woody Woodworth
How long does it take to figure yourself out? What sacrifices need to be made to reflect inward and truly figure out who you are? That is precisely what the rock outfit Only Sibling has been doing and they have been working on it longer than we have been in the COVID-19 pandemic. Since their inception in 2015, the boys have now had five years to look inward and learn who they really are. Now, after all the introspection, it’s time to release an album.
“I would kind of sacrifice my relationships around me for music,” reflects vocalist / guitarist Alex Basovskiy. “We would go on tour and I would break up with a girlfriend or would be distant with the people close to me. I was trying to figure out where my place was with everything else around me and that’s where the lyrical motif of the record came from.”
Almost everything about the album is a culmination of the growth of the band and what they have learned over the four years since releasing their EP What Keeps Me Up at Night
Get Well Soon is the debut album from the four-piece from Staten Island, New York. The record is set to be released on August 14th, via Other People Records. Almost everything about the album is a culmination of the growth of the band and what they have learned over the four years since releasing their EP What Keeps Me Up at Night. Partnering up with Other People Records from the beginning gave them an avenue of support and guidance, something Basovskiy can reflect on proudly.
“We recorded just one song with our friend Adam based out of New Jersey. He suggested the idea of sending the track out to different labels,” remembers Basovskiy. “Other People were always on board with it which was cool because at the time we didn’t really have anything we could show for ourselves. They didn’t have anything to base off of except the music. We’ve been working with them since 2016.”
At the recommendation from Other People, the band started working hard with Corey Coffman of Gleemer in Colorado at the beginning of 2019 and battled the distance of half a country between them. The first meeting, sandwiched between a couple runs of shows, was focused primarily on instrumentals to maximize efficiency while Basovskiy and drummer Alex Allen flew back to finish the vocals.
“We tried to come into it as prepared as possible because being so far away, we didn’t want to come in to record and not have everything figured out,” mentions Basovskiy. “Things got changed around either way, but at the very least we came in as prepared as we could.”
Only Siblingis poised to turn many heads in the industry and once things start to rebound, expect them to be at the forefront of the rebirth of the scene
Sticking to that truth, Basovskiy sent over twenty demos before they were able to sift through and decide which ones would be lucky enough to make the final cut. To save time, he also worked on harmonies and backing tracks to make Coffman’s job a little easier. All this hard work and dedication proves the band have what it takes to keep up the rigorous task of maintaining and brandishing a legacy.
“He helped a lot with getting everything more coherent with each other, so he ended up putting his mark on the record. It was a little nerve wracking but in the end it ended up working out well. I’m such a fan of his writing and him and I ended up writing really well together.”
Now, with the door-opening experience of working with a mastermind behind production under their belts and all the trials and tribulations of the last five years, it’s time for the rest of the world to take notice of what has been growing right under their noses. Only Sibling is poised to turn many heads in the industry and once things start to rebound, expect them to be at the forefront of the rebirth of the scene.
“We just wanted to have our sound figured out; even up to the point of recording the record we were trying to figure everything out,” shares Basovskiy. “It was a little daunting because it is a bigger deal. People take more notice of an LP than an EP.”
Get Well Soon is set for release on 14 August, 2020 via Other People Records