Blaenavon are still pretty new as a band, the membership holding down an average age of 19, but it is already two years since they debuted. Miss World is an EP of new material, and sounds like an accomplished indie rock band, the songs and production an appropriate number of notches further up the ‘epic’ scale. 12” on Transgressive.
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8/10 Artemis Customer review, 17th January 2017
After two years of silence, Hampshire-trio Blaenavon came back with their highly promising Miss World EP.
Already 10 seconds into opener of the 3-tracked EP ‘Hell Is My Head’, it’s crystal clear that this EP is bulging with absolute bangers. The song itself is filled with rocking guitar riffs, a vigorous bass line and booming drums, making your heart race and aspire you to do some head banging. Not only the instrumentals are quite heavy in this one, frontman Ben Gregory is rolling over and tangling lyrics together - its content still as gloomy as before.
While the first song is filled with aggressive-sounding, wroth vibes, following track 'Dragon' flushes with mellow and calm harmonies, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Tranquil guitar chords, accompanied by smooth piano playing caress blue and trist lyrics; the consistent interplay of instruments and the deep yet soft vocals is as intriguing as the next song 'Destiny's Mild'.
The familiar bang drumming, a jaunty bass line and a deftly peppy guitar play summarize the versatility and complexity of this song. While Gregory swallows lyrics and mumbles boisterously around, a row of explosive feelings overflow you. It changes from brusque and hasty tunes to a calmer sound just to burst into turbulent melodies again, making you all jittery and nervous in a way you did not think is possible. Terrific.
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