This Blossoms article was written by Ailsa McEwan, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Many great bands played Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut back in the early days of their careers. Judging by the reception on Friday night, Stockport’s Blossoms could one day join this long list of musical icons who once graced the stage of the historical venue.
Greeted by rapturous applause, the five-piece launch into ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ – a psych-pop belter which garners an enthusiastic sing-along. Standing in a haze of purple smoke, the band exudes confidence, yet without a single trace of arrogance.
The organ-driven ‘You Pulled A Gun On Me’ hints at The Doors whilst frontman Tom Ogden provides alluring vocals akin to Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner. In the rare instances Ogden’s face is not concealed behind a mop of long hair, it is striking how young he looks. This is a band in their very early 20s after all, but it is easy to forget this fact when all five players come across as so cool, collected and entirely unfazed.
From the anthemic ‘Blown Rose’ to the tender heartbreak of ‘My Favourite Room’, the band plod their way through a fleeting but highly pleasurable set of songs. They also debut new track, ‘At Most A Kiss’ much to the delight of the approving Glasgow crowd.
The only thing that is perhaps missing is an interesting percussion section – Joe Donovan is not the invigorating drummer a band this exciting needs, but gives the music a solid foundation nonetheless. Bassist Charlie Salt on the other hand is in a league of his own, wowing the audience with infectious grooves.
Finishing on debut single ‘Blow’ the crowd are left pining for more, but despite incessant chants of “One more tune!” no encore takes place and it really is the end. This is of course the disadvantage of being a relatively new band who do not yet have an extensive discography.
As we exit the venue, rumours begin to circulate that none other than guitar legend, John Squire himself was in the audience. But despite high profile followers and a flock of fans coming to greet them at the bar, Ogden appears genuinely humbled, surprised even. It is a reminder of how far the band have come in such a short space of time. They may have some way to go yet but the potential is immense; Blossoms are positively blooming.