Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock will release his highly anticipated debut album Cut Against The Grain on 20th January 2017 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group (Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Big Jesus, Vola, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion).
Ahead of the album release later this week he has released the video for new single “Spin The Bottle.”
Aaron has picked up a wealth of critical praise for ‘Cut Against The Grain’ from The Daily Mirror who cited him as one of the Top Tips for 2017 as well as plaudits from BBC Radio’s Bob Harris and Alex Lester, Shindig, Classic Rock, Q, Total Guitar, Powerplay, Fireworks, R2, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Maverick Magazine, Guitarist plus many more.
Before releasing an official single he had already been highly touted as one of the UKs hottest acts to watch out for; Kerrang! declared him the “New Solo Superstar” in the 2015 Fresh Blood List (Alongside PVRIS, Slaves, SHVPES, Qween Kwong & Knucklepuck); at Bloodstock 2014 Metal Hammer wrote “It’s ludicrous that someone as talented as Aaron Keylock is a mere 16 years old but if anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can.” Total Guitar called him one of 2016s ‘Ones to Watch’ after seeing him at Dot to Dot saying “TG caught his set and we walked away with our brain thoroughly melted”, Classic Rock included him in the Sounds of and Class of 2015 and have called him “blistering” and a “precocious talent”.
He picked up the guitar aged 8 and by the age of 11 he was rocking the clubs in his hometown, Oxford. Already a young road rock warrior with hundreds of shows under his belt including shows at Jazz Café and Alexandra Palace in London as well as the Ace Cafe and Biker rallies across the UK where Harley Davidsons would screech on the stage around him. At 16 he supported US rockers Blackberry Smoke on their ‘Leave A Scar’ UK tour as well as their 2016 ‘Like An Arrow’ tour. The Bloodstock Festival crowd head-banged to Against The Grain in 2014 and at Download 2015 he played to a squeezed to capacity tent. Since then he has been on the road with The Answer, The Cadillac Three, The Graveltones, Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw-Taylor and SIMO as well as blistering sets on the 2015 festival circuit at Dot to Dot and Ramblin’ Man.
He recorded the album in LA in 2016 with producer Fabrizio Grossi who has previously worked with Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Slash, Ice-T, George Clinton and Zakk Wylde. The album highlights a prodigious young British rock talent completely at one with his guitar, blasting out his first songs with a raw and powerful attitude. He showcases Americana tinged slide rock guitar in tracks such as Against The Grain, Down and Sun’s Gonna Shine whilst flashes of Gary Moore haunt the epic Just One Question and All The Right Moves. Crowd favourite Medicine Man was the first song he ever demo-ed whilst the hints of Rory Gallagher on All The Right Moves is a lightning rocker that’s fast becoming a live favourite. That’s Not Me was inspired by The Faces and No Matter What The Cost is an expressive nod towards the Allman Brothers.
Things have been building momentum and in Cut Against The Grain, Aaron Keylock is set to launch himself on the world full throttle.