Dabbling somewhere between the golden era of infectious alt-rock and new-era funk, BLAENAVON are a band whose name has become something of a household name over the past couple of years.
Starting their musical career touring around Europe and developing their unique sound, since Autumn 2015 they have supported the likes of Sundara Karma, Oscar and Two Door Cinema club on their rise. THAT’S YOUR LOT is, according to frontman Ben Gregory: “Five years of our lives condensed into 59 minutes of yours,” and it is hard to disagree and refuse the journey-esque theme across the Hampshire trio’s first full length.
Take Care opens the record and Gregory’s vocals show off their versatility instantly. Harmonious, sharp and bold tones follow into the likes of the massively-catchy Let’s Pray and the progressively passionate I Will Be The World. Previously released single, Orthodox Man, steals the show, though. Another anthem which has grown since creeping onto the setlist last year is as good as it gets – both for Blaenavon and ‘the scene’ at the moment.
Not only do Blaenavon ooze slick, sharp riffs – they also teasingly douse Lonely Side in an unapologetic eighties groove. “Baby won’t you take me to the place dreams come true,” plead the lyrics and a funk smothered bass takes control on your bones and forces dancing upon you.
If you have witnessed Blaenavon live over the past five years you will know how many tracks could have made the final tracklist of their first LP. Prostitution Blues, Denim Patches or Swans to name just three – this shows the quality and depth they can delve into when making the already highly anticipated follow up.
Prague 99 ends what is a phenomenal record. Originally titled Prague from Koso EP – it is already a fan favourite on the live circuit, and an anthem that will continue to be blasted from venues, car-speakers, headphones and record players for the foreseeable future.
The future is bright, the future is Blaenavon. That’s Your Lot, but only for now…big things are inevitable from the Welsh town namesakes.
THAT’S YOUR LOT IS RELEASED FRIDAY 7 APRIL