Get To Know: Blaenavon06 Jun 2019
Blaenavon have been on the circuit since 2013 – but if you’ve yet to give them a spin, now’s your chance to see what they’re all about before they play Community ’19 in Finny P in just a few weeks time.
How did they get started?
The band might be named after a small town in Wales, but they actually all hail from Hampshire. Ben Gregory (vocals), Frank Wright (bass) and Harris McMillan (drums) met in secondary school and formed the band when they were 14. They won their final year talent contest in 2013 – with a cover of ‘Knights of Cydonia’ by Muse! Later that year they went on to play a gig at London’s iconic Camden Assembly.
New member Scott Roach (guitars) joined the band after playing with them on their headline tour and completed the current line-up.
What have they released?
They released their debut EP ‘Koso’ in 2013 after signing with Transgressive Records, which was followed by ‘Miss World’ in 2015.
Blaenavon then went on to release their debut album ‘That’s Your Lot’ in 2017, which was produced by Jim Abbiss, who’s worked with indie legends like Arctic Monkeys and Bombay Bicycle Club. It received rave reviews, with singles like ‘Orthodox Man’ and ‘Prague ’99’ getting airplay on the likes of Radio X.
Who have they supported?
Recently they opened for Foals at The Great Escape festival. They’ve also played with a veritable who’s who of indie rock, including Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and The Wombats. These guys have really been cutting their teeth with some of the best in the game.
What’s their must-listen track?
‘Catatonic Skinbag’, the lead single from their upcoming second album, is grungy rock with a huge chorus.
When not playing with Blaenavon, front man Ben Gregory is a model who’s appeared in campaigns for posh fashion label Burberry.
For fans of…
Sundara Karma, The Night Cafe, Wild Beasts
What have the band got coming up?
Second album ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’ is on the way – and of course, they’ll be storming the N4 Stage in Finny P at Community ’19!
Tickets are on sale now for Community 2019 for just £40 plus booking fee.