Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:00

Walking into Womanby Street at the start of the night shows you how precious it is to maintain a music scene.  Within 100 yards of each other, on each side of the road, stands Fuel Rock Club, The Full Moon and Clwb Ifor Bach. Tonight, the street was absolutely rammed let alone the venues: in Fuel you had Tyla with his version of the Dogs supported by Ginge Knieval’s Nicotine Pretty; in The Full Moon you had a personal local fave, Reggie Satanas and the Dim Panicos; and in Clwb Ifor Bach, my destination for the nite, (ex-Heavens Basement vocalist) Aaron Buchanan with The Cult Classics.


Clwb Ifor Bach 

With the threat currently hanging over Womanby Street, due to the Wetherspoons pub chain opening a hotel, this level of activity can do nothing more than stress the importance of the Welsh Government holding to their policy change and putting the emphasis on the developers to provide relevant insulation to any new development, and not cripple the venues providing the lifeblood for what is a thriving music scene… not unlike TJ’s area Newport back in the day.


The best thing about tonight? Every venue was sold out! Proving that people want new original music, not the cover/tribute band shit that just won’t fuck off from the valleys music scene.


Walking into the street you can’t help but get caught up in the atmosphere and also get caught up in any number of conversations. In fact, after briefly catching up with Ginge, chatting about the excitement of playing with Tyla, I got caught up in conversation with Spence, lead vox in Reggie Satanas, to talk about new music being recorded and a potential new LP (about time), which will be tasty if these guys’ live appearances are anything to go by..


Aaron Buchanan Clwb Ifor Bach Flyer 

Wandering into Clwb Ifor Bach, I catch up with Pity My Brain head honcho Jamie Richards, absolutely beaming over turn-out, and sort out my ticket for the Brain-freeze soiree he has planned locally (yes we do pay) - I mean, come on:  a Friday nite, headlined by Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind and a Saturday throwing a real curveball with Church Of The Cosmic Skull (if you haven’t heard them, I really suggest you check them out.) Tonight’s gig was the Brain-freeze launch party and it was a real pleasure to chat with a promoter who has refused to bend and instead focused on really good music that he likes and feels should be moved into the mainstream consciousness.


Problem is, I missed both Those Damn Crows and Florence Black (I really need to get out and socialize more!). From the buzz inside, and the conversations going on, I need to remedy that and watch out for them BOTH. Next time around!


I caught Aaron Buchanan at Camden Rocks, and he absolutely blew me away. The chance to see him play a headline slot in such an intimate venue just couldn’t be missed. 


Aaron Buchanan is a star, right out of the Freddie Mercury mould! Talk about stage presence, talk about how to hold an audience, talk about how to manage a band… these guys I have no doubt are well on their way to hitting the next level - and sadly I think gigs like these, for them, are soon going to be a distant memory. I mean, they floored Download this year.  


Aaron Buchanan live 

If you haven’t yet seen them, think Alice in Chains at their heaviest, Chris Cornell-led Soundgarden, ‘70s Queen at their most pomp: throw that all in a blender and watch what comes out.


I mean we haven’t been raving about the ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ LP on Über Rock for no reason: live, tracks like ‘Show Me What You’re Made Of’, ‘All The Things You’ve Said And Done’, ‘Dancin’ Down Below’ and ‘The Devil That Needs You’ just scream out. And, fuck, are the band powerful and tight tonite.  With Laurie Buchanan giving a great counter-point to her brother, time flew by and the gig  climaxed with Aaron being carried over the crowd to the rear of the venue and back. What a nite! I need to track back and listen to some Heavens Basement stuff, because Aaron Buchanan has one of the best rock voices out there.


Don’t miss the boat: catch them supporting Life Of Agony next month: the next time around, they should be headlining in their own right.




‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


Photo kudos to Johnny H.


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