Stockport’s, and one of the North West’s, newest and finest exports is psychedelic indie rock five-piece Blossoms. Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock formed from four separate local bands, who had all played on the same bill together, to form one ‘Stockport supergroup’. Vocalist Tom Ogden once said in an interview, in which Blossoms spoke about the dying Stockport music scene and the- pardon the pun- blossoming Manchester scene, that he drove past a pub called ‘The Blossoms’ and said it would be a good name for a band.
With poppy riffs, vocal melodies and a hint of sixties psychedelia, the national indie music scene has pricked up its ears to something quite special. Blossoms have a sound that references the Arctic Monkeys and Peace and the swagger of the Gallaghers. Churning out effortless indie anthems like ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ and ‘You Pulled A Gun On Me’, we haven’t really seen a new indie band like this pop up since Catfish and the Bottlemen.
A sold-out headline tour and the success of single ‘Blow’ at the end of 2014, catapulted Blossoms into the spotlight; going into the new year with more touring including excursions to Europe, the US and Japan. While in the USA, they played at the SXSW international music showcase. They also played at a number of festivals this summer including Reading and Leeds, T in the Park and Latitude.
The singles Blow and Cut Me And I’ll Bleed were released on Skeleton Key Records- the label of James Skelly of Wirral indie band The Coral. They recorded the tracks at Liverpool’s famous Parr Street Studios. Skelly was apparently keen to work with the band after he discovered them on Youtube and invited them down to Liverpool. They returned to Liverpool to play at this year’s Sound City festival. Blossoms play both Manchester and Liverpool when they embark on their newest headline tour next week.They will be supported by young talents Declan McKenna and Rory Wynne at Liverpool’s O2 Academy and Tim Burgess’ protégé band Hot Vestry on the final night of the tour at The Ritz in Manchester. Tickets are on sale now and October tour dates are listed at the bottom of the article.
Their newest single ‘Blown Rose’ was released on Skeleton Key on the 31st July. A track even more psychedelic than previous releases. But that’s no wonder when you find out it was mixed by David Wrench, who has worked with Jungle, FKA Twigs, Caribou and Jamie XX.
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