Monday 28 January 2013

Blaenavon - Into The Night/Denim Patches

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It's a struggle to believe that it's been over a year since we last featured Blaenavon on the site. But then time appears to go quicker as you get old, a notion that may not yet have been grasped by this Hampshire trio. It's always exciting when you find a teenage band as accomplished as this. The Beatles were discovered at a similar age, and look what happened there. But then so were The Music, a band who made some stellar singles before burning out, in part due to record label pressures, and never fulfilled their potential. That fact that Blaenavon have left it this long for a new release therefore, can only be good news. Allow the guys to do things at their own pace, they know what they're doing.

It's still a few weeks until this double A-side gets its proper release (March 11th) but thanks to the joys of the internet we can stream both songs now and get accustomed to them. Firstly, 'Into The Night' is a loose yet snappy jam, if you can imagine math-rock allowed to just chill out a bit then you've got it. It's a strong song and, as was probably the plan, the best of the two. For reference you can hear a bit of Foals, Interpol, The Maccabees and Frightened Rabbit. Really though it's their own sound through and through, but comparisons are perhaps inevitable with guitar-based bands. 'Denim Patches' does a blinding job of the steady-build technique, nicking some atmosphere from post-rock and pumping it into a mighty force for the ending. If they keep doing things on their own terms then Blaenavon could be a band to treasure.

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