Stand Out​/​Fit In

by The Basics

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This CD version of Stand Out/Fit In comes in a beautiful cardboard softpak, with further artwork from the Esplanade Hotel photo shoot and all lyrics in the inside sleeve.

    Compact Discs are worthy of your investment and love. They are a musical friend for life. Not like a digital file, which will leave your hard drive at the drop of a hat, or click.

    That said, you still get a free digital download of the album when you buy this CD. So have it your way, or no way at all, FREAKS!
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      $25 AUD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    [Original Blurb from the 2007 release]

    Stand Out. Fit In. Stand Out. Fit In. Stand Out. Fit In.

    The struggle for one's identity has never been more fierce - every day and from every side we are confronted by messages designed to challenge what little certainty we have. Am I special? Should I be like everyone else? Is it okay to want to be more? We learn to be very careful about what we do and what we say, introspective to the last.

    So what a delight - and surely, what a comfort - to think that in this day and age a band like The Basics can survive and shine a little bit of light amid the darkness. Three (and now sometimes four!) young men in white shirts and black ties, no pretension in their words or doubt in their voices - their interest not in themselves, but in you (and me!) having a good time!

    Yes, when I first heard Wally, Kris and Tim playing their songs I didn't understand it and I didn't believe it either. It had to be some kind of cheap pastiche - another retrospective in-joke typical of today. Dancing at gigs? That only happens at covers venues! What do you mean there is no irony in their lyrics? And what's this about them wearing matching suits?

    It was, however, no great surprise when after a conversation with a friend I came to realise that my attitude was a direct result of the music that is hailed as 'great' in our times; music that drives us inside of ourselves, feeding an inner battle over the desire to be recognised as an individual vs. not wanting to appear self-involved. Standing out vs. fitting in - that teenage struggle that now never seems to be resolved.

    And letting down my guard, I then heard a band who were genuine and whose spirit rang true - a band eager to remind you that life is still good, and that you can still make a difference in this here world.

    Because despite what you might think at first, the thing about The Basics is that they are not living - or more specifically re-living - the 60s, or the 70s or even the 80s. Theirs are the sounds of today, a direct response to what the 21st Century has so far thrown at us.

    "We're going nowhere fast, but I'm just glad I'm going there with you."

    - Charlie Sutherland
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Okay this is extra special, because our 2007 album "Stand Out/Fit In" is getting the full treatment: we've gone back to the original mixes and done some tweaks, we've reworked the artwork for the vinyl package, and for the first time we're including the rare B-side "You Will Know What's Right" as a bonus track.

    It's so freaking exciting, because this was really our first "professional" release, and we've learned so much since then - and have the people we worked with - it's going to be remarkable to revisit what many consider our best work.

    We have to sell at least 50 before we can go on with manufacturing because it's damn expensive.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Stand Out/Fit In via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 150 

      $55 AUD or more 


Memory Lane 03:33
Hey There! 02:37
Just Hold On 02:41
Sound Off 02:36
Better 03:26
That Girl 03:59


The Basics are Wally De Backer, Tim Heath
and Kris Schroeder.

Additional musicians
David Bramble: Organ
Miranda Carson: Violin
Declan Jones: Trumpet
Alexis Kenny: Flute
Tristan Ludowyk: Trumpet
Jake Mason: Saxophone
Nicolas Metcalfe: Violoncello
Rhylla Mitchell: Viola
Leigh Raymond: Violin
Tom Raymond: Accordion/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Peter Slipper: Trombone

String/Horn arrangements by Kris Schroeder.

All songs written by Schroeder-De Backer, except
Track 3 (Berry), and Track 11 (Leiber-Stoller).

“The Basics” is a registered worldwide trademark
of The Three Basics Pty. Ltd.
® 2007 ORiGiN Music Publishing, except Track 3 (Cherry Lane Publishing) and Track 11 (Sony/ATV Music).
© 2007 The Three Basics Pty. Ltd.


released May 5, 2007

Stand Out/Fit In

Produced by The Basics
Recording Engineer: Ben Tolliday
Mix Engineer: David Nicholas
Mastering Engineer: William Bowden
Photography: James Bryans
Design: Traffic Design Studios

Recorded at Eastern Bloc Studios, Hawthorn, Victoria,

Mixed at Studios 301, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia.

Additional mixing by Wally De Backer at Debacle House, South Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia and Kris Schroeder at Schrodinger-on-Thames, Hawthorn Victoria, Australia.


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The Basics Melbourne, Australia

The Basics ( /ˈbæzɪtʃ/ bazz-ich) are a three-piece band from Melbourne, Australia, formed by Wally De Backer and Kris Schroeder in 2002, later joined by Tim Heath.

They’re pretty silly but the music is rather good, especially on a Saturday evening.
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