Blaenavon have revealed that their second album ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’ will come out this Friday (October 25).
It comes after the band pulled out of a handful of festivals and a support tour with Bombay Bicycle Club earlier this summer, due to ongoing struggles with frontman Ben Gregory’s mental health.
They’ll share two songs from the album – ‘I Want You’ and ‘Fucking Up My Friends’ – later today (October 21).
- Read more: Blaenavon’s Ben Gregory: ‘I felt like I lost a year’ – how mental health struggles inspired majestic single ‘Catatonic Skinbag’
In a note accompanying the announcement of the album, Ben writes: “I couldn’t be prouder for you all to hear this album: an optimistic response to a difficult time. It made sense with the record’s impending release to touch base with you again and explain what’s been happening in our world.
He continues: “I’ve been very open regarding my mental health, and earlier this year things once more took a turn for the worst. In an industry so challenging, I pushed myself too hard and relapsed, returning to the hospital for a short time. I know many of you have really been struggling with your mental health, but I can promise you that time heals all and everything WILL be alright.
“The good news is the music hasn’t stopped flowing and we won’t make you wait another two and a half years to hear more. The support from you all throughout everything has been so warm and I’m honoured to have you guys as fans and friends.
“I want to make this band one you cherish forever, I want to thank my family for being such incredible rocks through all this trauma and I want to thank you for believing in this band as much as I do.
“Breathe this album in deeply – it really is one of a kind and from a very special place.
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Everything That Makes You Happy. Out this Friday 25th October – preorder at the link in the bio. We're premiering two new singles from the album today. Tune into @zanelowe on @beats1official at 5:30pm to hear I Want You, and listen to @anniemacdj on @bbcradio1 at 8pm to hear Fucking Up My Friends.
The album follows 2017 debut ‘That’s Your Lot’ and last year’s comeback single ‘Catatonic Skinbag’.
Ben spoke to NME around the release of the single, discussing his health struggles, saying: “Often people find it difficult to talk about these things when they’re musicians because we all understand we’re very lucky to be in these kinds of positions.
“It’s amazing – being able to make music all the time and play to lots of people who care so much. But it’s a job and it’s a passion that, if you’re not careful, can consume you in a negative way because you’re putting so much of yourself out there to so many people on a regular basis.”
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day