British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement will play the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday as a part of their eight-week-long North American tour. The band is opening for American rockers The Pretty Reckless.
Heaven’s Basement — made up of vocalist Aaron Buchanan, guitarist Sid Glover, bass player Rob Ellershaw and drummer Chris Rivers — recently wrapped a headlining tour of the U.K. Once their U.S. run ends in December, Heaven’s Basement will head right back out on the road in 2014 with stops in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“That’s the best way for bands to do it,” Rivers said. “Touring.”
But while many bands tour, Heaven’s Basement has had the unique opportunity to cover multiple continents in the span of just a few months.
“A lot of bands have focused on one area before focusing on another but we’re doing Europe, Canada and the U.S. at the same time,” Rivers said.
From their inception in 2008, Heaven’s Basement, who is now signed with Red Bull Records, has always spent time out on the road. The band gained a reputation for playing underground venues and then working their way up to larger stages. But no matter the size of the crowd, Rivers said he and the other members of Heaven’s Basement have always loved performing live.
“It was quite hard to get shows in big cities so we’d play smaller places in the southeast [of England] and eventually started heading over to places like Germany,” Rivers said. “Anywhere that would have us.”
Rivers and Glover are the only original members of the band remaining. Rivers said other musicians have come and gone over the years but it was a matter of “meeting people with the same ambition.”
That ambition was to play great music, at any cost.
Other than a fleeting desire to drive a tractor at age 3, Rivers said he’s never considered another career path.
“It was about discovering what you’re into and sticking with it,” he said. “We never balanced the band with having other jobs and stuff. We just wanted to be a band right away.”
And the one-track mindset has started to pay off. Heaven’s Basement’s single “Fire, Fire” from their debut album, “Filthy Empire,” released in February, has been climbing the U.S. Active Rock Chart, recently reaching No. 11.
But it’s not the record sales that drive the members of Heaven’s Basement. It’s the need they feel to fill a void on the music scene.
“You have an indie scene and stuff like that and we’ve never fit into any of that,” Rivers said. “We’ve just been doing our own thing and hope that it sparks something.”
As for their own influences, Rivers said the members of the band aren’t too picky.
“We’re fans of music and anyone who has stuff to say,” he said. “We’ll listen to anything from the heaviest music to the softest music. It ranges from old-school bands to new bands.”
However, Rivers does name some old-school bands, including The Beatles, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, as favorites.
For Heaven’s Basement fans waiting on the release of the band’s second album, Rivers said they could be waiting a while.
“We’re touring all of next year as well, through 2015,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be a while before we do the next album.”
But that’s the way Rivers and his band members like things.
“We’re always up for going places,” Rivers said. “There’s a whole world still to go and tour.”