Blaenavon deal in a murky, sludgy indie, dripping in menace and juxtaposed by searing melody and choruses the size of a house. It’s fitting, then, that their gloomy new EP ‘Miss World’ is streaming in full ahead of Halloween (and its Friday release via Transgressive).
The ‘Miss World’ EP is a three-track smash-and-grab from the band, dealing in murky depths and sky-scraping highs in equal measure. It comes ahead of a huge winter run of shows for the band, full dates for which are below. Included in that is a support run on Oscar’s upcoming DIY Presents UK tour.
Check out the full EP stream below, along with a full list of the band’s upcoming dates. If it takes your fancy, you can also pre-order the record here.
03 Concorde 2, Brighton (w/ Songhoy Blues)
04 Koko, London (w/ Songhoy Blues)
11 Electric Ballroom, London (w/ The Districts)
14 Margate, By The Sea Festival
16 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (w/ Oscar)
17 St Albans, The Horn (w/ Oscar)
18 Newcastle, Head Of Steam (w/ Oscar)
19 Leeds, Brudenell Games Room (w/ Oscar)
20 Manchester, Fallow Cafe (w/ Oscar)
29 Mutations Festival, Brighton
FEBRUARY04 London, The Lexington
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The songs were recorded over the past year.
Though many of the tracks are stripped-down, intimate torch-songs, they rarely sound dejected or negative.
It’s been a long and bumpy road towards ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’ for Blaenavon’s Ben Gregory but with the LP’s recent release he’s showing that something positive can come from struggle.
An optimistic offering in the face of hardship.