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Heaven’s Basement finally break into big time

They've been British rock’s next big thing for the best part of a decade but Heaven’s Basement are finally flying

Heavy rock band Heaven's Basement
Heavy rock band Heaven's Basement

They've been British rock’s next big thing for the best part of a decade but Heaven’s Basement are finally flying.

After three name changes, numerous line-ups, several false dawns and a good deal of soul searching, they have emerged as a big noise on the British rock scene.

Formerly known as Hurricane Party and Roadstar, the fates had conspired against one of the UK’s most promising homegrown acts.

However, in 2008 drummer Chris Rivers recruited guitar hero Sid Glover and rebranded his band.

Three years later firebrand vocalist Aaron Buchanan replaced long-serving Richie Heavanz and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt about where we were going or what we could achieve,” said Buchanan. “When I joined the band it felt as if we were starting from the beginning anyway so it hasn’t been too much of a slog from my point of view.

“Of course, everything that the band had worked so hard for in the past remained relevant, but to a degree we did start all over again.

“The name’s the same but the band’s a very different animal.

“We went from playing in front of a few hundred people to a few thousand but we’re one of the lucky few in terms of bands who can do that.”

There’s little doubt 2013 has been a breakthrough year.

Debut album Filthy Empire entered the British Rock Album Chart at number nine, the band broke America and last month played in front of thousands at the Download festival at Donnington Park in Leicestershire.

“We couldn’t quite believe it at Donington,” said Buchanan. “I think we hoped for a big crowd. But that big? It was crazy.

“But it doesn’t matter whether we play to 300 people in a packed club or a few thousand at a festival – we always give it everything we’ve got.”

In Newcastle tonight Buchanan and co. play the intimate Academy 2.

Said Buchanan: “It’s a chance for people to see the other side of Heaven’s Basement – not just the band that blasts through a festival set in a short space of time.”

Simon Rushworth



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