GIGsoup’s Lauren Scott caught up with Blaenavon’s bassist Frank Wright the morning after their Bristol gig at Thekla and spoke to him about their tour, Transgressive Records and when we can expect an LP
Hello Frank, how are you doing this morning?
“I’m good, I’m good, I’ve just been into Bristol to get breakfast.”
Where did you go for breakfast?
“I went to Costcutter, I bought ten eggs and a loaf of bread, that should feed the team!”
You guys are touring at the moment, and it’s been a pretty big year for you. What has been your favourite gig so far this year?
“Ooh, it would have to be Glastonbury, because playing Glastonbury was incredible. We ended up staying for the whole weekend and had the most amazing time. Although just last night in Bristol, the crowd at Thekla was one of the best crowds we have ever experienced, so that’s pretty high up there.”
What is your dream venue?
“The Millennium Village Hall where I’m from, maybe then my Mum will come to one of our gigs.”
What is the story behind the name of the band, how did you come to choose Blaenavon?
“We saw it on a tote bag, in the merchandise centre in the Welsh town of Blaenavon, and we stole it!”
You recently released your latest single “Let’s Pray”, tell us about the single?
“Recording the single was fun. It feels unreal that it’s going to be out soon, because we never expected it to see the light of day.”
How did Blaenavon come to be signed by Transgressive Records?
“They got in contact with us, very early doors, like we had just formed the band. We’d only just started playing music together. We finally signed the record deal last year and recorded the album.”
When can we expect the album?
“The album will be out early next year, however I’m afraid there is no release date, or a name for it yet. But you can buy it early next year! Before then, there will be more music out.”
Are you touring for the new album?
“We are, there aren’t any tour dates yet, in pen. But next year there will be a lot of touring. 2017 will be very much the year on the road for us.”
Which musicians or bands did you listen to growing up?
“Oh, for me the first records I heard were my Dad’s records. Like David Bowie, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ in addition to that, a lot of The Doors.”
Which artists have inspired you when it comes to writing music?
“I don’t actually ever think directly about influences. There obviously some influences in there, but they are in reflection, rather than a tribute.”
Are there any artists that you would love to work with? What would your dream collaboration be?
“I would really like to, work with Lorde. I think she’s great. Her voice is great; I would probably fall in love with her if I met her in person. I feel like we would get on!”
Which genre of music do you feel Blaenavon belongs to?
“Progressive alternative pop rock”
People have said “indie isn’t dead” when talking about your music, how do you feel about that statement?
“Cool, yeah. Indie is a funny word. There’s been some shit music that has been called that, but there has been some pretty good too and I like that people think there’s a future for guitar music still. So that’s awesome.”
You are nearing the end of your tour now, what plans do you have for the rest of the year?
“Yeah we’re past halfway. After the tour we are going to take it easy for a couple of days and then we’re going to New York in the beginning of November. And we’re going to do some European touring. In early December we’ve got some secret things, although it’s just gonna be a few little things. They are a secret for now. And not forgetting there will be more music coming out, at the beginning of October. Also a new music video, which is really cool, and even more music after that!”
What are you doing in New York?
“In New York we are playing a couple of gigs! Which is mega exciting and we’re playing the two gigs on our own, one in a place called Berlin.”
If there is one message you could give to your fans what would it be?
“Always brush your teeth, keep on buying Blaenavon merchandise and music *giggles* No really it would probably be, take care, take it easy and always remember to look out for numero uno.”
This Blaenavon article was written by Lauren Scott, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo credit : Charlotte Patmore