Heaven’s Basement Interview

Heaven’s Basement

We caught up with Heaven’s Basement drummer Chris Rivers:

What can fans expect from Filthy Empire?

12 tracks that show everything Heaven’s Basement has to offer. An Injection of energy and ambition. It’s a British rock album.

You’ve just released the video for “Nothing Left To Lose”, what was the video making process like?

It was really good fun although us English boys aren’t used to standing in desert heat for a full day! It was the second video we’d made so the whole process was enjoyable for us, especially the fight scene!

You’re touring in February, what can fans expect from your live show?

You’ll see 4 guys playing and singing as their life depends on it. We’ve all been on stage in bands since our early teens so its all we know. Heaven’s Basement come from a background of having to play good each night to sell enough merch to pay for fuel and food to the next show so there’s a survival instinct built within us. Also, similar to the album, you’ll see a show that has a range of dynamics, from the crazy loudest moments to the quietest.

What are the best and worst parts about touring?

The best part is playing to live music fans every single night, that’s what we live for. Getting to visit wonderful cities around the world is also cool but we love the fact that every night is a Friday night for us, we have a great time on stage every night. The worse part is not having the opportunity to wash your clothes as often as you’d wish haha.

What is your opinion on the current UK rock scene?

Average at best to be honest. 60s/70s we had amazing bands like Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones, The Who, Black Sabbath, Purple, Queen, Pink Floyd and many more. We come from listening to those bands so that’s the benchmark for us. When’s the last time you heard a Comfortably Numb or a War Pigs? Seriously? People might say times are different with the way the industry has moved on but good songs stand up simple as that. Those bands seemed to have a totally different mentality to how they mastered their instruments and wrote songs, it seems like that’s becoming a lost art unfortunately. The UK is still producing some great music but its definitely not all rock music. At the end of the day we appreciate any bands that play and write music with passion, I just feel the scene could be better because I was brought up on a diet of the bands above.

You’ve been confirmed for a few festivals in the Summer, what festival are you most looking forward to playing and why?

We can’t wait for next summer, its the first time we’ll be playing the euro festival circuit. Really looking forward to appearing at Nova Rock, Hellfest and Graspop. Its awesome to see some many great bands playing across the festivals and see friends who we tour alongside etc.

Apart from the album release, tour in February and festival dates in the Summer, what else have you got planned for 2013?

It’s all about touring, We might have a few more things up our sleeve too which we’re working on!

Be sure to catch the boys on tour in February next year – more information here.

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