Previously known for his indie-electronic solo-project Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Owen Ashworth released several albums and toured constantly between 1997 and 2010, he retired the project and started fresh, establishing Advance Base in 2011.
By using a two-handed arsenal of electric piano, Omnichord, samplers, effect pedals and drum machines Owen Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted and nostalgia-obsessed ballads around his conversational baritone.
Advance Base has proudly supported live dates for The Postal Service, Pedro the Lion, The Mountain Goats, Dean Wareham and many more.
The debut Advance Base album ‘A Shut-In’s Prayer’ was released in 2012 in North America. It captured Ashworth’s growth as a songwriter, featuring more detailed production and increased usage of piano and autoharp in addition to keyboards and drum machines.
Advance Base released their most recent full-length album ‘Animal Companionship’ in 2018. GoldFlakePaint listed Animal Companionship among their favourite albums of 2018.
Ashworth paved the way for nostalgic, depressed bedroom pop in the late ’90s and his genuine, weighty storytelling remains at the apex of the genre. So make sure you get yourself down to Newcastle’s Think Tank Underground on 18th July!