Thursday 24th Mar
O2 Academy Liverpool
There’s a double Jack and Coke kick-back at the back of my throat. Blossoms take the stage. The Stockport-formed indie group emerge with bevvy in hand and kick off with their stand out hit of the moment, Charlemagne. Its feel-good synth hook and early Oasis-style vocal feels instantly familiar. They look like your brother’s drunk mates on a Friday. Charlemagne gives off a cool confidence. The guitar is nonchalant, the vocal blasé. And this isn’t a bad thing – it’s the band’s attitude. Their effortless on stage presence is only upstaged by lead singer Tom Ogden’s hair. He looks like a latter day Joe Lynn Turner from Deep Purple.
The audience are young and merry. A girl is sick before Blossoms even start and has to be escorted out by an annoyed looking bouncer. There are couples, in the first throws of love, wrapped around each other. Their kisses punctuate the catchy chorus to At Most A Kiss. This music brings people closer. There are groups of friends, experiencing some of their first nights out, dressed to the nines - everyone is ID’d.
(Photo: Tomas Adam)
Cut me and I’ll bleed starts. The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Black Keys come through as clear influences. Guitar hooks are catchy, drumlines are danceable and everything sounds like the precursor to a great night out. Blossoms’ songs are short little smokey numbers that need to be heard in the dark pit of bare-brick nightclubs. You may graze a knee, cop off with the guy that’s been eyeing you or be on your third Jack and Coke – it doesn’t matter. Blossoms are the perfect soundtrack to all of this.
Blossoms are your formative teenage years – whether you happen to be living them now, or are reliving a moment from your youth. Freshly picked from the BBC’s Sound of 2016 Poll, Blossoms are sure to be sound tracking your summer. They’ll be the hum-along tune at the BBQ in the park with your mates. They’ll be on the smaller stages of festivals, stealing your attention away from bigger bands.
(Photo: Tomas Adam)
It’s perhaps the chemistry found between front man Ogden and lead guitarist Salt that is one of the most captivating things about the band. During one song the boys grab each other’s necks, forcing the other’s mouth as close to the microphone as possible. The song comes out as an aggressive kiss. They sing inches away from each other, just like The Libertine’s Pete Doherty and Carl Barât. They could be brothers, or lovers.
Catch Blossoms touring now and get lost in their infectious, easy indie music. They’re the soundtrack to the best night out you haven’t had yet.
Words by Ruth Hartnoll
Photos courtesy of Tomas Adam