Former Blaenavon linchpin Ben Gregory is laying it all out with his much-anticipated solo debut.
Words: Steven Loftin.
Photos: Neelam Khan Vela.
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“I like lots of different types of music,” Ben Gregory deadpans, before chuckling. “That’ll be good for the magazine!”
This outrageous revelation comes as he’s dusting off the cobwebs of chatting to magazine scribblers. You see, the former Blaenavon frontman and Dork cover star has spent a bit of time out of the music game for various reasons – the most prominent being his search for calm and stability after going through the wringer during the past few years. With stressors coming to a head in 2019, having been in a touring band since he was 14, Ben took some much-needed time to heal.
Describing his time up until now as if he’s flicking through a quick montage in his mind, “it went from the hilarious and beautiful instability of the band, never really knowing where you’re going to be in maybe a month, or in a year,” he starts. “And from that into, like, being very ill. Then into Covid. It’s been a very, very bad three or four years. And I don’t mean to be overdramatic, bu…