Live: BLAENAVON // O2 SBE, London
Only playing Heaven earlier this year, the Hampshire trio have conquered all by taking on Shepherd’s Bush in their stride.
With support from sensational singer-songstress Jade Bird and fellow friends The Night Cafe, the show was sure going to be full of relentless energy and outstanding talent.
Blaenavon’s shows are pure rock madness with adrenaline always running high. Bursting into the guitar driven Hell Is My Head and irresistible Let’s Pray, they invited a swarm of bouncing bodies and hands. With My Bark Is Your Bite even more vicious and cutting live, frontman Ben Gregory thrashed himself around onstage as he stumbled in out of the crowd.
With the appearance of Monte Carlo Kid and All Your Vanity from EP Prague ’99, the audience were well and truly captivated, which set the way nicely for a premiere of these tracks from the recent release. All Your Vanity showcased many of the hallmarks of the group’s melodramatic yet unforgettable sound.
Recent singalong songs Lonely Side and Alice Come Home echoed throughout the iconic venue, a mark of a fervent fan base and a band who are every bit as good, if not even more so, live. Take Care and I Will Be The World strolled down a darker path with great encouragement to create a hugely impressive mosh pit.
With a short encore That’s Your Lot swiftly followed by the erupting Orthodox Man, the crowd were especially loud by the time finale track Prague ’99. All had lost control, with many younger fans frantically running and pushing closer to the the widening gap in the middle of the floor. Ending with Ben flying above the sweaty pool of fans, the hyped audience leaved with a smile.
Having grafting for years to get where they are, it seems there is nothing stopping Blaenavon now. That’s Your Lot? I highly doubt that.
Photos: Lauren McDermott