It’s been one hell of a year for Stockport five-piece Blossoms. They’ve risen from relative anonymity to being the name on everyone’s lips. Radio 1 sessions, NME features, MTV commendation and Libertines support slots have helped push them into the spotlight. That and the apparent inability to write a bad song. Armed with new EP ‘At Most A Kiss’ and a forthcoming debut album, they embarked on their biggest ever headline tour.
Last night (25 March), they returned to Liverpool’s O2 Academy for the first time since last October. However, a 1,200-strong crowd had grown from the 400 they played to six months ago- a barometer of their ever-increasing popularity. “We just want to be as big as we can,” said frontman Tom Ogden in an interview with NME, “We don’t wanna be underground. We wanna become a big band.”
It would be a challenge for any band to keep the attention of a worked-up crowd who had spent the last half an hour engaged in football chants. But the chiming opening chords of 2015 single ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ did the trick.
Flying into their most recent release, ‘At Most A Kiss’, Blossoms demonstrated a dynamism and an air of self-assurance not seen in this way before. They have clearly, and rightly so, gained a certain amount of confidence through all the praise they’ve been earning.
‘Smoke’ was an atmospheric track with a splash of psychedelia and an excessive amount of smoke machines. With lead singer Tom uttering lines like “Swallow me whole, inhale my soul”, it was a captivating performance.
The following four songs unfortunately interrupted the momentum of the set somewhat. Playing a previously-unheard song, ‘Getaway’, from their unreleased LP and three non-singles from EPs, Blossoms failed to keep the crowd’s attention at points. The tracks sounded great but there’s no doubt that it was a bizarre decision to play four songs back-to-back that the audience wouldn’t have known unless they had bought all of their EPs.
A cover of urban trio WSTRN’s track ‘In2’, which Blossoms played in Radio 1’s Live Lounge, went down well with the Liverpool crowd – a song which flaunted the band’s talent as musicians.
The set was rounded off with a mighty performance of fan favourite, 2014 single ‘Blow’. The band cut the music for the final chorus to let the crowd sing it, as has now become a tradition at their shows.
If Blossoms carry on the way they’re going, they’ll be playing at the 8,000 capacity Echo Arena next time they come to town. Despite a questionable set list, Blossoms showed the crowd exactly why they’re going places.
Cut Me And I’ll Bleed
At Most A Kiss
Polka Dot Bones
Across The Moor
My Favourite Room
In2 (WSTRN cover)