Created alongside producer and old friend Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets and engineer Matt Twaites, Ben says, “Deathbed Hangover is about the self-destructive tendency of total immersion in entertainment. My brain has the consistency of mushy peas because my telephone is so seductive. I tried to play this against more traditional fears of aggressive technological expansion: communities moving underground in a Wellsian nightmare. The laptop-screen light is our never-setting sun, which I think is accidentally a Mr. Burns reference. I recorded this song during lockdown after hard-binging Watchmen (2019) and finding Reznor/Ross’ soundtrack overwhelmingly beautiful. I hope I referenced some of that in a decent light. (Bear in mind I am just a guitarist randomly mashing computer keys.) Interesting fact: The demo of this song was always labelled ‘(unmixable version)’. I like to think the original chaos carries through, but Blaine (Producer) and Matt (Engineer, Mixer) managed to make a version that verges on listenable.”
Check out ‘Deathbed Hangover’ below.
The songs were recorded over the past year.
Blaenavon - demoitis
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.