Blossoms’ debut album has been a long time coming. They’ve apparently had it ready for a year and have just been sitting on it, waiting for the right time after building up an audience. Now with a gathering of fans all gagging for the studio versions of the songs they’ve heard live for months, the album dropped. It’s one hell of an album and even more impressive knowing that it’s their debut.
Blossoms are currently described as ‘boardroom kiss arse blue tick wankers’ by the Sleaford Mods though if this is what a set of ‘catalogue band bollocks’ sounds like then myself and their other 400,000 monthly spotify listeners don’t seem to mind. Maybe the Mods are so bitter because Blossoms are currently alternative pop whilst back when the Mods still had fans Blossoms would have been exactly what alternative bands fought against.
Anyway, back to the album. Songs like Charlemagne and At Most a Kiss set a good president for what Blossoms had in store for us. Heavy synth hooks are what sets the album and band apart from others around at the moment. There’s an air of The Verve in their choruses with big ‘arms open’ moments in Blown Rose and Getaway. These moments are really evident at gigs too even with crowds of binbag poncho-ed teenagers throwing their arms around their friends to belt out the choruses at T in the Park this year.
It’s clear they know their roots, influences from the likes of The Smiths, Oasis and other locals bands seep through their 80s pop surface. Ian Brown himself has hailed Charlemagne as the best song they’ve done so they’re certainly turning heads on the Manchester scene. Further stretches are also evident with elements of The Cure in Cut Me And I’ll Bleed.
They’re just local lads from Stockport and their ‘something from nothing’ story twinned with the leather jacket/long hair vibe appears to be what’s propelling Blossoms along with other guitar bands forward on the indie scene. Their humble beginnings and respect for their local music culture has even pushed the lads to say that if they ever make it big they want to fund the Stockport County football team and reopen the iconic Strawberry Studios. With heart like that it makes it difficult not to like Blossoms.
Blossoms have captured the essence of the 80s guitar pop and are selling it for a mere £13. It’s clear they’re both talented and directional. They’ve said in interviews that their previous mundane 9-5 jobs have pushed them on to make sure they don’t have to go back there and the calculated nature of the album reflect this. That being said the album is a romp with various references to popular culture such as Felicia Hemans in Blown Rose.
The band attempt a bit of a slower song with My Favourite Room and whilst it’s a decent song it isn’t much more than that, it just feels strained as they try to do a sad acoustic whilst staying true to their sound. Apart from that they go from strength to strength through tracks new and old. My favourite is Texia (followed closely by Blow and Deep Grass), it’s just a little off what the other songs sound like and possibly hints at the future of Blossoms. It’s a bit punchier than Charlemagne and a little more melodic than Blow, a happy medium between the ends of the spectrum here.
Overall it’s an amazing 5 star debut and has given Blossoms a strong grounding to move onward and upward in the future. They’ve sold out a few dates but if I’ve persuaded you to give them a chance then catch them on their September tour here. If I haven’t? Head over to spotify or youtube and let the music do the talking or check out a music video and see how much the drummer, Joe Donovan, looks like Kit Harrington.