Release Date: Apr 7, 2017
Record label: Atlantic / Canvasback
‘Swans’, the second to last song on Blaenavon’s debut ‘That’s Your Lot’ was written when Ben Gregory was 16. Just having celebrated his 21st, the record embodies everything about those five years, the most formative of the Hampshire trio’s lives. ‘That’s Your Lot’ is long. It’s seconds away from breaking the hour mark, in fact.
Written over five years, the album is a venture through everything this band have come to be. It's a lengthy undertaking. Clocking in at very nearly an hour, the record does offer its indulgences. It's lavishly made too. Riffs ebb and flow, melodies glide and collide, building up a layered tapestry ….
Blaenavon have always had time on their side, which is just as well, because they've taken rather a lot of it to release their debut album. The Hampshire trio first announced themselves way back in 2013, when they put out a debut single ('Into The Night') before they'd even sat their A Levels. The intervening years saw the release of three more EPs, yet a full album remained frustratingly elusive.