Aaron Buchanan & the Cult Classics, quite a name and one that would get you thinking to yourself “ Can they live up to said name?” let me answer that question for you. FUCK YEAH THEY CAN! Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics has unearthed a simply stunning album.
‘Show Me What You’re Made Of’ opens up with its pulsating rhythm, succulent vocals before a crescendo at its finale, with a short, sharp, shock intro and its over. Wowzer ‘All The Things You’ve Said And Done’ gets the album rockin’ with a commanding and highly addictive anthem, right from the opening riff you know this track means business. Immediately you get a sense about this band that there is something bigger afoot, a more grandiose affair rather than just another band pumping out another rock record. The remarkable display by Aaron Buchanan on vocals alone is a joy to behold. Together with a solid and creative team behind him fusing impactful rock anthems with a flamboyant and ostentatious approach you get something incredible back in return.
There is so much going on in each track; layered and full to the brim with quality you get more than you bargained for here. ‘Dancin’ Down Below’ highlights just this, with an enslaving melody and hook it’s yet another blinder of a tune on this overwhelming feast for the ears. ‘The Devil That Needs You’ and ‘Journey Out Of Here’ provide another side to the already abundant character on this production. The latter being an almost anthemic 30 Seconds To Mars like number. You definitely get taken on a journey throughout this album, it’s as audacious as it is expressive, rich in personality and dripping in passion it is simply impossible to ignore.
The album’s self-titled track allows the pace to slow down and focus’s on the quality of Aarons vocals, a stunning display yet again by the front man within a song of real virtue. This beauty has all the quality of bands of days gone by, Queen come to mind with the ambitious and perfectly pulled off re-direction midway through which just emphasis the individuality on show here. ‘A God Is No Friend’ and ‘Left Me For Dead’ rock their way through an already powerhouse collection to ‘Mind Of A Mute’ a Soundgarden-esque number oozing attitude throughout.
‘Morals’ again for me draws comparisons to the mighty Queen and, dare I say it, Freddie Mercury himself in the delivery and vocal quality here. There really are few vocalists that I’ve came across recently fronting a rock band that can command your attention like Aaron Buchannan can, this delicious display simply demands you fucking pay attention. Audacious and flamboyant all at the same time it’s a sheer joy to behold.
There is certainly a gap in the market for a band of the quality and undeniable ability of Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics. As previously stated there is just a magical and grandiose edge to this group that is badly missing and needed in the market right now. Since the UK lost the great Freddy Mercury and the likes of The Darkness somewhat fading in and out with their over the top musical numbers we need someone to step up to the plate, reclaim that magical and whimsical mantle. Each song is more than just a song here, more than a 3-minute distraction but a musical delicacy. The last time I had a musical journey like this was when I first heard Adam Lambert’s ‘Let Me Entertain You’ the same Adam Lambert who is now carrying the mantle of vocalist for Queen currently.
‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ is more than a collection of 10 songs that should be simply labeled as a rock album; there’s a real sense of theatre here too, the stories aren’t simply told through lyrics alone but enveloped in the magnificence as a whole. It’s a statement of intent of what’s to come from a very special band indeed. If only there was someone in the band called Aaron Buchanan that would just be the icing on the cake – I jest.
The Man With Stars On His Knees is released May 26th.
01 Show Me What Your’e Made Of.
02 All The Things You’ve Said And Done.
03 Dancin’ Down Below.
04 The Devil That Needs You.
05 Journey Out Of Here.
06 The Man With Stars On His Knees.
07 A God Is No Friend.
08 Left Me For Dead.
09 Mind Of A Mute .
To pre-order the CD go to: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/aaronbuchananandthecultclassics
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics UK dates
3rd Camden Rocks Festival.
11th Download Festival.
25th Wildfire Festival.
29th Ramblin’ Man Fair.
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics are
Vocals: Aaron Buchanan
Guitar: Laurie Buchanan
Guitar: Tom McCarthy
Bass: Chris Guyatt
Drums: Kev Hickman