5 Things We Learnt At Blossoms' London Roundhouse Gig Last Night
The Stockport five-piece smashed their set last night and here's why...
A river flows
Felicia, I miss you...
I made my wish a rose...
Wrapped in desire
Let me know
Felicia, where are you...?
You say you don't feel it like I do
I'm so lost when you say
You don't feel it like I do...
Indie-pop band Blossoms rose to fame last year with the success of their self-titled debut album, which peaked at No.1 in the UK Charts.
All born and raised in Stockport, Manchester, Blossoms are made up of five members; Tom Ogden (Vocals & guitar), Charlie Salt (Bass), Josh Dewhurst, (Lead guitar), Joe Donovan (Drums) and Myles Kellock (Keyboard & Synth). The Blossoms boys took on London's Roundhouse last night (23rd March), and they absolutely smashed it!
Here's five reasons why Blossoms were so great last night…
1. They know how to make an entrance
Arguably, the most exciting part of any gig is the burning anticipation right before the band come on stage; lights go down, music stops, crowd screams. Blossoms got this part so right by blaring out the legendary ‘Black Skinhead’ accompanied with copious flashing lights, ensuring the crowd went absolutely mental throughout.
2. They know how to create a ‘pre-gig-mosh’
Before the gig started Blossoms tactfully had the sound guys blast out some Mancunian favourites such as New Order, The Stone Roses, The Smiths and Oasis. We took this as a gentle reminder that Blossoms are coming from the home of some of the greatest musicians of all time. This teaser got the crowd hyped up enough to mosh-out even before the band took to the stage themselves, which is pretty impressive.
3. Tom can rock a pair of white flares
Lead singer Tom Ogden is no stranger to fashion having previously been interviewed by Vogue. Last night Ogden stole our hearts by swaggering about the stage in a pair of high waisted, white flares; there’s isn’t many people who can pull off a look like that!
4. Everyone responds well when you bring your dad on stage
We knew the pace of the gig was slowing down as lead singer swaps guitar to an acoustic and the other band members walk off. Ogden informs us he's bringing out a special guest, and to everyone’s amazement it was lead guitarist Josh's Dad! Robin Dewhurt sat himself down beside the keyboard and joined Tom in a heartwarming rendition of ‘My Favourite Room’ followed by a medley of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and Oasis' ‘Half The World Away’ rendering the whole crowd arm-in-arm for good old fashioned sing-along, melting our hearts.
5. They can get you through a break-up
It’s no secret that many of Blossoms’ lyrics are inspired by the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking feeling of being dumped, ‘My Favourite Room’ being an obvious example. Ogden addresses the crowd ‘Who’s recently been dumped by their other half?’ after many members of the audience frantically screamed ‘MEEEEE’ Tom selects one man. ‘What’s your name? Matt. What was her name? Victoria!’ The crowd joins Matt in a united ‘boo’ to Victoria before Ogden opens ‘My Favourite Room’ by declaring, ‘This song is Matt singing to Victoria!’.
Overall Blossoms proved themselves a tight, hardworking, down-to-earth band that have rightfully earned themselves Indie-pop stardom. Blossoms nailed it last night and have left us wanting more! We can’t wait to catch them on the festival circuit this summer!
By Sarah LeVay