After the whirlwind that was 2016, Manchester-based Blossoms look to continue building on that momentum in 2017, starting with a highly sought-after BRIT Award nomination for Best British Breakthrough Act. What’s more, the boys will be back in North America, playing a string of live dates this Spring, leading up to performances at Coachella Festival in Southern California and Governor’s Ball in New York City. For tickets and tour dates, visit www.blossomsband.co.uk.
Blossoms made their mark last January after they were listed in the BBC Sound Poll, among other ‘Ones to Watch’ lists. With their debut, self-titled album (out now on all digital platforms worldwide) hitting the #1 spot in the UK album charts last year, the band also played 3 sold-out shows in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles last year.
Blossoms are now setting their sights on North America. With two festival bills (Coachella & Governor’s Ball) already announced, Blossoms revealed today that they will be making stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix. For tickets and more information, go to the band’s website.
Blossoms’ debut was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios and produced by Rich Turvey alongside the band’s sonic mentor, The Coral’s James Skelly. The pair produced early EPs Blown Rose and Charlemagne (No 1 in UK iTunes Alternative Chart as well Christmas No 1 in the UK Vinyl Chart), At Most A Kiss (No.1 in the UK iTunes chart), ‘Getaway’ (play listed across Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, Absolute and Radio 2) and UK radio smash “Charlemagne” (A list on Radio 1 & Radio 2). “James has been really important for us,” says Ogden. “He can listen to one of our songs and instinctively know what bits to push forward. He’s got an amazing ear for a good pop melody. He just brings out our best, and makes it a little bit weird in the mix as only he can. Being fans of The Coral anyway, having him produce our debut album is a perfect marriage.”
Blossoms have earned rave critical comparisons to everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Depeche Mode to The Doors, shape-shifting between psychedelia, synth-pop and powerhouse indie, a mercurial sound at once familiar and unique. “Fundamentally we want to be a great pop band,” says front man Tom Ogden. “We’re influenced by the present as much as the past and we want to sound as modern as we can. We want to sound like a band who could only ever exist now, not then.”
Their sound is a perfect balance between Josh Dewhurt’s crystalline guitar, Myles Kellock’s futuristic synths, Charlie Salt (bass) and Joe Donovan’s (drums) robust rhythm section and Ogden’s star-bound vocals, a rich Northern croon vibrating in its own slipstream between Richard Ashcroft and Alex Turner. “All the songs are very personal to me as they’re about my relationships,” says Ogden. “I tend to write my best lyrics when I’m miserable and heartbroken, but placing that over music that’s very melodic, very pop, but with our own strange twist.”
Blossoms are an alliance of best friends, all born in the same hospital – Stockport’s Stepping Hill, who pooled their resources in 2013 after playing independently in separate local groups. Taking their name from a pub on the 192 bus route to Manchester, Blossoms set up camp in the warehouse of Salt’s granddad’s scaffolding business, their rehearsal home to this day. “We live in each other’s pockets and feed off one another,” says Salt. “I’m the sensible one, Joe’s organized, Tom’s very reserved, Myles is the daft one and Josh is like some 69 year-old doctor trapped in the body of a very bizarre 18 year-old.”
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
4/10 – Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
4/11 – Vera Project – Seattle, WA
4/12 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR 4/13 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
4/15 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
4/19 – Casbah – San Diego, CA 4/20 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ 4/22 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA 6/2 – 6/4 – Governor’s Ball – New York, NY