Heaven's Basement

Heaven's Basement



First impressions count.  The impact made by Heaven’s Basement’s debut album on first play is not unlike standing on the runway as a fighter jet screams off the tarmac and into the air: you’re left breathless by the rush, by the roar, by the energy and the neck-snap dynamics of their ferocious rock n’ roll.  The second play is much the same, though you’ll find yourself helplessly playing along on air-guitar this time round.

Third, fourth, fifth plays, the details start to emerge from the melee, and the bigger picture falls into place: that behind their face-melting attack, the sure-footed and sharp-eyed strafing of killer, classic rock moves, lay songs of fine craftsmanship; choruses that ring out like football chants and live for heavy radio rotation, guitar gallantry super-heroic enough to goad a generation into dropping their smartphones and picking up an axe, a rhythm section that powers on like a bullet train, and a singer whose rough-house wail will convince you he is ten foot tall and breathes fire.  Impressive work, for a debut album no less.

Like their sound, Heaven’s Basement’s line-up was honed on the road.  Original members Chris Rivers on drums, and guitarist Sid Glover, led the charge.  The road was hectic and unforgiving, and its toll could be measured in the members who fell by the wayside; singers, bassists and guitarists who couldn’t match their pace, who weren’t the perfect fit.  But the result was a stronger, leaner line-up, following the arrival of bassist Rob Ellershaw and vocalist Aaron Buchanon.

The band worked hard and played harder, touring as support to megastars like Bon Jovi, Papa Roach and Buckcherry, and winning notice at festivals like Sonisphere, Download, Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell. 

The group wear their influences on their sleeves, but in their own style.  The album conjures the greats – the high-wire swagger of Led Zeppelin and the outlaw chaos of Guns n’ Roses – without ever copying their moves.  “Don’t be like your heroes, be as good as them” seems to be Heaven’s Basement’s motto.  “We wanted to take the ambition of all the great rock n’ roll that came before us, the essence, but make it sound completely modern and relevant,” explains Glover.  “I want people to say, ‘Fuck man, I haven’t heard an album that’s made me feel this pumped up in ages.  I haven’t seen a band with this much energy and ‘Go fuck yourself’ attitude…’”

It’s hard to imagine the album stirring any other kind of reaction, to be honest, and for Heaven’s Basement, this is clearly only the beginning.  They’re itching for it to happen, desperate to get back on the road and make it happen.  “We’re really confident,” says Rivers.  “We wanna go to as many places as we can, play to as many new faces as we can, and put ourselves into situations we’ve never been before.  We want to give ourselves as many challenges as we can.”


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