Aaron Buchanan

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Aaron Buchanan
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Aaron Buchanan "Dancin' Down Below" official video
Background information
Born (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 30)
OriginLondon, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsRed Bull
Associated actsHeaven's Basement, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics

Aaron Buchanan (Born Aaron James Buchanan; 13 September 1990) is a British singer, songwriter, musician and record producer best known as the former frontman of British hard rock band Heaven's Basement; the band was signed to Red Bull Records. In October 2015 Buchanan departed Heaven's Basement citing differences in direction and launched Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics alongside sibling Laurie Buchanan the following year.

Heaven's Basement | Filthy Empire[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Buchanan is known for a flamboyant and occasionally acrobatic stage persona[1] and extensive vocal range having toured across The United Kingdom,[2] Northern America,[3] Canada,[4] Europe,[5] Australia[6] and New Zealand [7] supporting acts such as Halestorm,[8] Seether,[9] Buck Cherry,[10] Tremonti,[11] Black Veil Brides,[12] Ugly Kid Joe,[13] Duff McKagans Loaded (band),[14] Alice Cooper,[15] Aerosmith [16] and The Pretty Reckless [17] with festival performances including appearances at Download Festival notably the Zippo Encore Stage in 2013 (UK),[18] Rocklahoma,[19] Rock on the Range,[citation needed] Carolina Rebellion,[20] Aftershock Festival,[citation needed] and Kansas City Rockfest[21] amongst others.

Buchanan found recognition with the release of the Heaven's Basement's Filthy Empire album, produced by John Feldmann and engineered by Brandon Paddock in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles through 2012 and released on 4 February 2013 by Red Bull Records with single, "Fire Fire" reaching No.11 on the US main chart and "Nothing Left To Lose" reaching No.18[22] respectively. The band had previously written and demoed with Bob Marlette earlier in 2012 but later switched producers. In November 2013, Buchanan also performed with Heaven's Basement on the BBC Radio One Live Lounge, a cover of Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want" to mixed reception.[23]

Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics[edit | hide | edit source]

On 10 May 2016, Buchanan launched the band Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics via Facebook featuring Kev Hickman[24] of RavenEye, Tom McCarthy, Chris Guyatt and sibling Laurie Buchanan.[25] The band launched their first single "All The Things You've Said And Done" [26] on 12 October 2016 from forthcoming album The Man With Stars On His Knees.

The Man With Stars On His Knees[edit | hide | edit source]

The Man With Stars On His Knees was written by Buchanan between 2011 (during and after the first Filthy Empire writing sessions) and 2016, finishing the writing elements whilst in Brisbane, Australia in February 2016. Many of the early demo's were intended for the second Heaven's Basement record (mentioned in a recent interview at Hard Rock Hell 10[27]). The Man With Stars On His Knees is due for release in Spring 2017. The album was produced at Plus 11 Studio[28] by James Curtis Thomas[29] and Buchanan and features guitarist Ryan Woods (who also played bass and engineered the record), Laurie Buchanan (guitars), Aaron Buchanan, and James Curtis Thomas on drums. The album was heavily inspired by 90's rock, including but not limited to; Chris Cornell, Alice In Chains, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette, Skunk Anansie, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Queen amongst others. The album was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright.[30]

On 17 October, "Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics" commenced their first national tour as main support to InMe[31] promoting upcoming album The Man With Stars On His Knees.

The single was preceded earlier in the year (on 5 September 2016) by a critically acclaimed tribute to Freddie Mercury[32][33][34] in celebration of what would have been Mercury's 70th birthday. The video was a cover of "Love Of My Life" written by Mercury and released on the A Night at the Opera album by Queen in 1975.

Early life[edit | hide | edit source]

Buchanan was born in Basildon in the United Kingdom and lived in Thurrock, Essex. Through his school years he spent much of his time at now defunct Stanford Sound Studios in East Tilbury as a runner; it was here that he met producer James Curtis Thomas who later produced The Man With Stars On His Knees through late 2015 and early 2016.

Through 2007 to 2009, Buchanan fronted a Southend-based alternative band named Oceans Upon Us. The band generally kept to local performances supporting the likes of Deaf Havana,[35] Fei Comodo[36] and Don Broco.[37] Through his teens, Buchanan performed nationally before moving to Suffolk to be closer to then current band Immercia (which is where Tom McCarthy and Buchanan first met) ultimately joining Heaven's Basement in February 2011.

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. "Red Bull Records YouTube Channel - Aaron Buchanan crowdsurf-handstand.", Red Bull Records, 22 May 2014
  2. "Stereoboard Webzine review of headline Electric Ballroom show in Camden, London.", Heaven's Basement, 31 March 2014
  3. "Revolver Magazine Louna, Heaven's Basement and The Pretty Reckless US tour", Heaven's Basement, 10 September 2013
  4. "94.9 The Rock - Canadian Music Week Concert Review", Heaven's Basement, 23 March 2013
  5. "Fan video of Buchanan and Heaven's Basement in Berlin", Heaven's Basement, 12 March 2013
  6. "Interview with Heaven's Basement drummer Chris Rivers about heading to Soundwave Festival, Australia, in 2014.", Heaven's Basement, 1 March 2014
  7. "Interview of Heaven's Basement in New Zealand", Heaven's Basement, 27 February 2014
  8. "Halestorm/Heaven's Basement gig review", Heaven's Basement, 24 September 2013
  9. "Rogue Webzine tour announcement.", Heaven's Basement, 20 October 2012
  10. "LOUDWIRE Review: Irving Plaza, New York.", Heaven's Basement, 24 May 2013
  11. "Gig review, Heaven's Basement supporting Tremonti by "Get Your Rock Out"", Heaven's Basement, 17 February 2013
  12. "Get Your Rock Out - Glasgow Barrowlands Review.", Heaven's Basement, 18 December 2013
  13. "LoudStuff Weebly Gig Review", Heaven's Basement, 2 November 2012
  14. "ChordBlossom webzine gig review", Heaven's Basement, 2 November 2012
  15. "Concert Archives article 25 October 2014", Heaven's Basement, 25 October 2014
  16. "Gig addiction review.", Heaven's Basement, 28 June 2014
  17. "Kerrang Website Nothing More, Heaven's Basement, The Pretty Reckless feature.", Heaven's Basement, 11 September 2014
  18. "Download Festival footage of Heaven's Basement in June 2013 (Uploaded 2014)", Download Festival, 17 April 2014
  19. "Onstage footage Rocklahoma 2014.", YouTube, 4 June 2014
  20. "Interview and review of Heaven's Basement at Carolina Rebellion.", Carolina Rebellion, 5 May 2013
  21. "Kansas City Star - Web article.", Kansas City Star, 4 March 2014
  22. "Billboard 100 Official Chart.", Billboard 100, 3 May 2014
  23. "BBC Radio One, Live Lounge Late, Heaven's Basement - Do What U Want, Lady Gaga cover.", BBC Radio One, 15 November 2014
  24. Official Website., 24 November 2016
  25. Official Laurie Buchanan YouTube Bideo., 24 November 2016
  26. Official Video Link., 12 October 2016
  27. "Rock N Load.", Hard Rock Hell, 23 November 2016
  28. "Official Plus 11 Studio Website.", Plus 11 Studio, 24 November 2016
  29. "Official Plus 11 Studio Website.", Plus 11 Studio, 24 November 2016
  30. Christian Wright: Abbey Road Official Profile., Abbey Road Studios, 24 November 2016
  31. "National Rock Review: The Fleece, Bristol.", InMe, 23 November 2016
  32. Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics tribute to Freddie Mercury: "Love Of My Life"., 5 September 2016
  33. Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics tribute to Freddie Mercury: "Love Of My Life" "Rock And Roll Creations" Review., 5 September 2016
  34. Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics tribute to Freddie Mercury: "Love Of My Life" My Global Mind Review., 6 September 2016
  35. "Deaf Havana tour poster 2009.", Deaf Havana, 9 September 2009
  36. "F Yeah Don Broco tour article page.", Don Broco, 9 September 2009
  37. "Tour poster from 2009.", Don Broco, 9 May 2009