WHO are they?
Blaenavon are a three-piece consisting of Benjamin Gregory (vocals, guitar), Frank Wright (bass) and Harris McMillan (drums). They are part of the Transgressive Records family and currently working on their debut album. Previously they have released a 4-track EP ‘KOSO’ (2013) named after their manager (how lovely). Koso apparently makes a great tea according to the guys. (x)
As for the formation of the band “the story takes place in the grotty suburbs of Hampshire during a piano lesson. The teacher, Mr. Slavinski name dropped Frank Wright who joined up to play hefty bass during the breakdown of ‘Knights of Cydonia’. Me and Harris became three and we’ve been playing annex-pop ever since.” – Ben (x)
WHAT are they singing about?
Isolation and loss, the night and nature, what might have been, love and relationships. They also like titles with city names in them.
Prague has nothing to do with the the capital city of the Czech Republic – Ben: “Don’t know even where it is” – the song was actually named after the skateboarder Deer Man of Darkwoods. “One of his skateboarding videos was Magic Sticky Hand and that’s how the song was written and called but due to label difficulties we had to change name cause they thought it wouldn’t be very friendly to the public. Our friend Ed gave us a hat that said Prague ’99 so we called it Prague. We drop the ’99 though.” – Harris, Frank (x)
Lost In Paris, instead, has to do in some ways with la ville lumière, the city of light. It’s a love song about a girl, Daisy, Ben’s girlfriend. “We’ve been together for two years now. She’s gone to art school [in Paris] and we’re sorting out visiting arrangements. I don’t know if she likes the song.”(x)
WHERE are they from?
No, they are not from Blaenavon, the small town in Wales. The three-piece hails from Liss and Liphook, Hampshire, England.
So if it was not the town, what was the inspiration behind their name? “I was running out of clothes and for some reason I decided why not purchase them online and my friend Tom came over to my house giving me a big sack of old clothes and one of the t-shirts had Blaenavon written on it, in Times New Roman. It looked fantastic. We named the band after it. We thought that’s the one.” – Ben (x)
Watch Blaenavon perform Prague for The Mahogany Sessions