Posts Tagged ‘Stockport’

Fuzzy Sun

Ths Stockport five-piece who dabble in psychedelica-tinged glossy indie pop. 2019 is looking very nice – June sees them perform on the bill at Blossom’s massive Edgeley Park homecoming show and in July they’re playing Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with The Wombats. Take a listen to their latest track, “Heavy“, featuring a video shot on their most recent tour

Fuzzy Sun’s brand new music video shot during their Winter Tour 2018. “Heavy” is the lead track taken from their most recent EP “Warm Evening / Cold Morning”

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A journey through melodic pop is what’s to be expected from Stockport five-piece, Fuzzy Sun. The freshly formed line-up, fronted by the lulling vocals of Kyle Ross, sees a distinct and original take on chorus-heavy reveries. Daisy Valentines bold and melancholic synth, coupled with sweet and seductive harmonies is equally complemented by Lewis Jobson & Mitch Bancroft’s strong soothing groove through the rhythm section. Fuzzy Sun bring you contemporary pop, infused with psychedelia, dipped in naughties R’n’B nostalgia, with just a hint of disco flare.

Band Members
Kyle Ross – Vocals/Guitar
Daisy Valentine – Keys/Synth/Vocals
Lewis Jobson – Bass
Raffaele Pani – Guitar
Mitch Bancroft – Drums/BV’s
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Blossoms have announced the details of their second album ‘Cool Like You’.

Due for release on April 27th via Virgin EMI, the album is the follow-up to the band’s number one debut self-titled release. Alongside the album announcement, the band have unveiled the first track from the release with synth-led single ‘I Can’t Stand It’ and announced they will tour the UK in May 2018.

BLOSSOMS – ” Honey Sweet “

Posted: February 2, 2017 in MUSIC
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As their name pops up on festival bills across the UK, Blossoms have unveiled their newest music video.

The self-directed video for ‘Honey Sweet’ was inspired by 80’s cinema and sees the band cycling around their hometown of Stockport in search of the Delorean as seen in Back to the Future.

On making the video, Tom Ogden explained: “We like to dabble at filmmaking ourselves when we can, so we jumped at the chance to make our own video again. We turned Fitzpatrick Scaffolding to Pinewood Studios for a day, think ‘ET’ meets ‘Strangers Things’ shot in Stockport, but written, shot, directed and edited ourselves.”

You can watch the video for ‘Honey Sweet’ below:

Music video by Blossoms performing Honey Sweet. Virgin EMI Records,

BLOSSOMS – ” Blown Rose “

Posted: October 14, 2016 in MUSIC
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Blossoms are back with a new video for their song ‘Blown Rose’, one of the highlights of Blossoms’ self-titled debut album, which flew to No 1 in the  UK album charts after its release in August. A set of love-gone-wrong songs set in a not hugely salubrious bit of Greater Manchester, Blossoms sounds immediately familiar, like a record you already own but have forgotten.

The video for “Blown Rose” was directed by Francis Wallis and shot at Hammerwood Park – the house formerly owned by Led Zeppelin and the location for The Song Remains The Same.

Fresh off of scoring a number one album for two consecutive weeks, the Stockport band are currently on tour in the US, after drawing impressive crowds in the UK for their own headline tour, then both festivals Field Day and Glastonbury.“We’re normal lads, we don’t take stuff too seriously…” explains frontman Tom Ogden

“I think something feeds into you without knowing it – Oasis, Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys – they’re all working class normal people, and that feeds into your music.”

Blossoms perform Blown Rose at the BBC Introducing & PRS for Music Foundation showcase at Latitude 30 in Austin, Texas. Blossoms have been wowing the yanks at SXSW in Austin Texas.

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God knows we need a new indie band with some good singalong tunes, and Stockport five piece Blossoms could be just the band to do it. Unashamedly influenced by the likes of forgotten Britpop v1.0 heroes Cast and Dodgy, albeit updating that sound to be more contemporary, they have the rare ability of writing actual mainstream melodies. If radio gets behind it, they could be big, but even if they don’t, you should give it a listen yourselves.

BLOSSOMS – ” Getaway “

Posted: June 2, 2016 in MUSIC
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There’s something commendable about a band who so shamelessly court the mainstream dollar you can almost hear the Veuve Clicquot corks a-popping in the mix. Early releases like “Cut Me And I’ll Bleed” and “Charlemagne” suggested a thrilling psych-indie outfit with a bloodhound’s nose for a chorus hook;New single “Getaway” sees Stockport band Blossoms abandon any lingering pretense of “indie” and settle snugly into a “One Direction B-side with a Harry co-writing credit”.  Blossoms are a good, solid band with a lot to offer and a lot of broad appeal. they could very easily straddle the Mainstream world just as easily as the Indie world – and there’s nothing wrong with gaining fans and an audience from both. Check out their site. A lot of good stuff to be had the previous 12″ and 10″ vinyl single are thoroughly recommended, another band proving music continues to be in good places

Check out this acoustic version of Blown Rose filmed for French music website Sourdoreille before our show at Eurosonic last week..

Blossoms at Eurosonic 2016. Voted 4th on BBC 6 Music’s Sound Of New Music for 2016 list, Blossoms from Manchester are getting around and getting noticed. Together since 2013, they have a string of singles and four eps out so far, but it’s been since 2015 that fortunes are coming their way. They’re currently touring extensively around the UK,  but that’s what the schedule is looking like until March. I have the feeling they are heading westward and without much doubt, going on the Festival circuit this Summer.

Embracing the Indie/Alternative side of things, Blossoms have that potential to hit the market in a big way. And since they are signed to a major (Virgin-EMI) label,

Their 35 minute set is tight and well-executed, and their music is more than accessible on a lot of levels. They are polished, and I suspect that’s the end result of a lot of gigging . I wouldn’t be surprised if they crossover to the mainstream. Eurosonic has had a very interesting and varied lineup of acts this year. Blossoms was a nice addition to the mix, and it indicates the band is sincere about getting their music across.

check out their singles and eps via their site

 

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Stockport band Blossoms in the scaffolding yard belonging to bassist Charlie Salt’s grandfather

At the start of 2014, when their fanbase numbered 200 people in Stockport, counting their mums, and their instrumentation included a decrepit Hammond organ purchased for £5, Blossoms decided to announce their presence to the wider world.

“We want to be heard by everyone,” began a missive on their website. “James Stewart’s rabbit Harvey, Echo and the Bunnymen, Frank from Donnie Darko, at school discos, office parties, on the radio … everywhere. We want to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as the Smiths and as uplifting as Mr Smith Goes to Washington.”

“It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but we like all those things and, deep down, we meant it,” explains their 22-year-old singer, Tom Ogden. “The funny thing is, making that statement was a turning point. We all quit our jobs and went on tour.”

Two years on, Blossoms are the biggest noise to come out of Greater Manchester in many years. They have won the approval of Johnny Marr and Ian Brown and, last October, long before there was any sign of a debut album, they sold out the city’s 2,000-capacity Ritz. Their four terrific EPs trace their hurtling development from black turtleneck-wearing psychedelicists to purveyors of chart-bound lysergic pop with big electro riffs and disco basslines, culminating in their forthcoming single At Most a Kiss.

Their rise goes against the current grain. The quintet were the only guitar-based band to feature in the influential BBC Sound of 2016 shortlist and one of only two of the longlist’s 15 acts (along with Ripon’s Billie Marten) to come from north of Oxford.

“There’s something sad about that,” Ogden says, but he soon sees the more romantic flipside. “On the other hand, we rehearse in a scaffolding yard, freezing our bollocks off and yet we’ve ended up on the BBC poll. That’s mad, but there is a beauty in it.”

The same could be said of their backstory: a mixture of underdog triumph and determined pop romance. Where Brown and John Squire of the Stone Roses famously met in a sandpit as toddlers, Blossoms were all born in the same hospital, Stockport’s Stepping Hill. Ogden met 23-year-old drummer Joe Donovan when they were 13, on a school trip to Alton Towers. Bassist Charlie Salt, 24, and guitarist Josh Dewhurst, 21, entered the same orbit through school and teenage parties in the town. After gravitating together via missteps in other bands, they completed the jigsaw with 21-year-old keyboard player Myles Kellock.

“He had a broken wrist and couldn’t play keyboards,” Donovan says, laughing. “He’d been a drummer, so he sort of hit them.”

Every rejection spurred them on. “For ages, it was like what Decca once told the Beatles: ‘Guitar bands are finished,’” Ogden says. “You just think: ‘Right, we’ll write even better songs.’” Their cramped room in Salt’s grandfather’s scaffolding yard gave them a place to do just that, as well as somewhere to rehearse for free, every day. “We made the video for the first single in there for £60,” Ogden says, pointing to the darkened warehouse.

Their ascent was marked by a series of small triumphs – playing to 30 people in Guildford, then selling out Manchester’s Castle pub. “That was the first time people came whom we didn’t know,” says Ogden. “It felt exciting.” Then, much later, came festivals, such as Reading and T in the Park. “That was bouncing. It felt like we were their band.”

There were more “pinch yourself” moments – one was meeting Marr in the Arndale centre in Manchester. “He was fantastic,” Ogden says. “He said: ‘You’re Blossoms, aren’t you?’ It turned out he’s a fan of ours and came to see us at the Academy.”

When Donovan met the Smiths drummer Mike Joyce at a Manchester City game, they ended up swapping numbers. Another time, Ogden was surprised to be tapped on the shoulder by Brown. “I said: ‘Hello. I’m Tom from Blossoms.’ He said: ‘I know, mate. That’s why I’m talking to you.’ I was speechless, and then I met Mani. I realised they were just normal, and had done it from nothing just like we have. Ian said that Charlemagne was the best thing we’ve done so far. To hear one of your heroes say something like that is just …” He tails off.

The Blossoms sound mixes psychedelia with pop songwriting, 80s pop and Chic, but is definitely their own. The songs began to flow after the end of a relationship Ogden was in and, like Morrissey – a huge influence – he peppers his lyrics with cultural references. Blown Rose quotes the 19th-century Irish poet Felicia Hemans (“The stately homes of England,/How beautiful they stand”), while Madeleine refers to a character in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

If Blossoms make it as big as their heroes, they plan to help their hometown: to reopen the legendary Strawberry Studios, where 10cc, Joy Division, the Smiths, the Stone Roses and Paul McCartney all recorded, and they would like to help the town’s football team, Stockport County.

The next time I see the band, they are supporting the Libertines at Manchester Arena and don’t seem out of place on the big stage.

“I felt quite comfortable up there,” Ogden says. “I thought: ‘This is what we want.’” Backstage, there is a whisper of another grand ambition for the band: a set of new street signs for their hometown, reading: “Welcome to Stockport. Home of Blossoms.”

The At Most A Kiss EP is released on 18 February on Virgin EMI/Universal. The band tour the UK throughout February and March.

‘AT MOST A KISS’ – OUR BRAND NEW SINGLE!

Rising indie stars and BBC Sound of 2016 hot picks unveil the title track of their new EP, to be released in February.

Blossoms, a Stockport five-piece with long hair, leather jackets and guitars, are an indie band, the kind who look, sound and swagger as if emerging bleary-eyed from Koko’s Club NME in 2005.

There is, the band have said, more to their sound than straight up guitar rock. Blossoms admire the music of the Arctic Monkeys and Abba in equal measure, and their new single, At Most A Kiss, is certainly indicative of their love of both buoyant synth melodies, unvarnished glam rock and epic 00s indie pop.

Taken from their new EP entitled At Most A Kiss to be released on 19th February, their moody monochrome video for the title track is premiered below.

The full EP contains 4 brand new tracks and is out on Friday 19th February. If you pre-order the EP now for the bargain price of £1.79 you’ll receive the title track ‘At Most A Kiss’ instantly. You can pre-order the EP now from the following link:
http://po.st/AMAKfb

The full EP track listing is as follows:

1. At Most A Kiss
2. Fourteen
3. Wretched Fate
4. Misery

available on their second Limited 10″ vinyl. Blossoms release their brand new EP ‘Charlemagne’ through Virgin EMI. It’s effortlessly catchy and cements Blossoms’ ability to lead the way for the new generation of British indie guitar pop taking off from where greats such as The Coral and The La’s left off. They even have The Coral’s approval and was produced by frequent collaborator James Skelly who worked at the controls alongside up-and-coming producer Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool on the EP.