BLAENAVON are rapidly growing into one of the most talked about bands of 2016. With support slots alongside the likes of Oscar, Foals and Sundara Karma increasing their popularity, I caught up with the band!
YOU’RE CURRENTLY OUT ON TOUR WITH THE SHERLOCKS – HOW ARE YOU FINDING THAT SO FAR?
“Loving it! They are a solid bunch of chaps, so it’s great to hang out night after night. A group chat between Blaenavon and The Sherlocks has just been started too, so the mischief levels are now at an all time high. It’s mostly filled with accapella versions of each others songs. They are miles better at vocal harmonies than we are…”
YOU TOURED WITH THEM EARLIER THIS YEAR –WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THESE AND THOSE SHOWS?
“It was lovely to be asked back on the road with them, and this time round the shows are even bigger, and that’s always great. We’re playing The Ritz in Manchester with them – that’s going to be a gnarly night! Their fans seem to be more engaged with us now too, but we’re still not sure why.”
YOU HAVE A TOUR WITH THE HUNNA COMING UP TOO – HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THAT?
“The venues on that tour are even bigger and most of them have sold out, so it looks like it’s going to be another mad tour! Haven’t met them yet, but I’m sure they’re sound geezers too.”
THE LAST FEW TIMES YOU’VE PLAYED NEWCASTLE IT HAS BEEN THINK TANK – HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE NORTH EAST CROWDS?
“You guys are crazy! That’s why we love playing in Newcastle.”
WOULD YOU CONSIDER FESTIVAL SEASON A SUCCESS?
“I think we can call summer ’16 a success – we played Glastonbury, Latitude and Reading and Leeds, all for the first time. But regardless of the performances, we won festival season with how much fun we had. Really – way too much.”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM BLAENAVON AFTER THESE TOURS? A FEW HEADLINE SHOWS OF YOUR OWN?
“When we finish with The Sherlocks and The Hunna, we have a headline show at London’s Scala on October the 14th… The excitement is killing us! Then after that, hopefully even more touring.”
YOU KEEP TEASING FANS WITH NEW MUSIC – WHEN CAN WE EXPECT AN ALBUM OR A NEW EP TO BE RELEASED?
“Actually, we released a new EP today! The Let’s Pray EP, featuring two singles from the album – which will be out early next year, plus two lovely b-sides! We hope you enjoy it.”
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Tickets for the remaining shows with The Sherlocks are available here.
Tickets for shows with The Hunna are available here.
Tickets for Blaenavon at Scala are available here.