British hard rockers Heaven's Basement have capped off a fast and furious 18 months since the release of their finely crafted debut album "Filthy Empire" with the announcement that their explosive and fervent rock anthem "Be Somebody" has been chosen as the official song of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014.
"Having the Red Bull Air Race use one of our songs was a big honour for us," said lead guitarist Sid Glover, who, along with fellow band members Aaron Buchanan, Rob Ellershaw and Chris Rivers, has been on an intense rollercoaster ride since the band was thrust onto the global stage after signing with Red Bull Records.
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As well as a sold out tour, appearances at the Download and Reading/Leeds festivals in the UK and appearances at several US music events, "Filthy Empire" also blasted its way into the Active Rock chart in the US and the BBC Rock Album Chart Top 10.
The UK band is currently off the road writing a second album, but Glover took some time out to get a taste of what it takes to put on a different kind of performance, when he dropped in at Ascot during the World Championship's fifth stop of the season. Red Bull Air Race pilot Matthias Dolderer gave the guitarist a personal tour of his hangar, and the fascinated rocker even got a chance to go up in a two-seater race plane to feel what it's like to pull some serious Gs:
"This is my first Red Bull Air Race and I jumped right in the deep end – I went up in one of the planes and took the punishment for some time," Glover laughed, not looking any the worse for wear after touching down.
"I think we pulled something like five or six Gs max, and that felt like a lot. But in competition the pilots pull up to 10. I can't even imagine what that's like! I definitely think it's the most ridiculous job on the planet," he said appreciatively.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship touches down in Fort Worth for its sixth stop on 6 and 7 September. Tickets available via www.redbullairrace.com/event/dallas-fort-worth
The Heaven's Basement album "Filthy Empire" special edition is available via Red Bull Records here. You can check out the band on their website and also see which other bands Red Bull Records manages here.