'Into the Night' and 'Denim Patches' the SOLD OUT debut release from Hampshire's Blaenavon which came out on Transgressive imprint paradYse marked the teenage trio out as a band to keep a close watch on. Sold out shows, support across BBC's Radio 1 and 6 Music plus nods from tastemakers; Abeano, NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland, The Fly and Clash - yet they're all still too young to buy alcohol.
Transgressive Records will release the bands follow up EP 'KOSO' out 23rd September. First track on the EP 'Gods' originally began as a 10-minute banjo piece, but, after some restructuring, is a five-minute triumph of soaring vocals and powerful guitars. 'Wunderkind' has an almost dreamy feel to it and brings a warmer, slower sound to the EP. The lyrics highlight and challenge the struggle of teen romance, whilst harmonics on the guitar are frequented to add to the dreamy nature of the piece. Prague which will be the lead single from the album lulls you into a false sense of security, its delicately picked verses and soft vocals build into an absolute powerhouse of an ending that hits with the force of a tornado. 'Lost in Paris', provides a more romantic moment and is, in frontman Ben's words, "one for the mothers". With the feelings of a traditional waltz behind it, it brings a new edge to the classic rock guitar lines that are peppered throughout, brilliantly combining two very disparate influences.
Blaenavon's line-up is; Ben Gregory (Vocals. Age17), Frank Wright (Bass. Age17) and Harris McMillan (Drums. Age17). Blaenavon's songs are suffused with need and vulnerability, the music leaves itself open, waiting to be approached and ultimately the beauty of both tracks come from their subtlety.
Blaenavon announce their first UK headline tour and guarantee to pack out every venue with the rowdiest bunch of 14-18 year olds out there. The band will also be performing at Green Man festival and Leeds this summer.
Saturday August 17th - Green Man Festival
Saturday August 24th - Leeds Festival
Saturday October 26th - Brighton - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
Tuesday October 29th - London - Trinity Centre
Wednesday October 30th - Manchester - Trof Fallowfield
Thursday October 31st - Glasgow - Broadcast
Friday November 1st - Sheffield - The Great Gatsby
Saturday November 2nd - Birmingham
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