It’s amazing how quickly things have moved for Blossoms.
At the start of the year, when the Stockport indie outfit first announced a UK tour that brings them to Liquid Room on Thursday (3 March), they were still very much in the “ones-to-watch” category, having been placed fourth in the BBC Sound of 2016 poll.
Then they brought out an EP featuring what’s probably the best pop record of the year so far – the swooningly melodic At Most A Kiss. Said release went straight to No.1 in the iTunes chart, knocking Adele off the top spot, and all of a sudden that Edinburgh gig was starting to look like a must-see event.
“We are made up with it [reaching No.1], says Blossoms’ frontman Tom Ogden. “It’s really nice to see and it’s a real testament to the fans who are so loyal.
“We want to show people we have got lots of material. The Smiths and Oasis did it with B-sides and they were amazing.”
Blossoms might seem like an overnight success, but don’t be fooled.
The five-piece – Ogden, Joe Donovan, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst and Myles Kellock – worked their socks off last year performing at festivals up and down the country including T in the Park and Reading And Leeds, and they also toured relentlessly. With each gig their fanbase swelled and they’re now on the brink of becoming a household name.
“Each time we play, we are getting an even bigger reaction,” says Ogden.” But we’ve still got the same attitude towards it as we always did. It’s all about hard work and we still rehearse just as much.”
Stone Roses singer Ian Brown is known to be a Blossoms fan, as is former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
“We met Johnny in the Arndale Centre — we just bumped into him randomly and he knew us from [our song] Charlemagne,” says Ogden. “He said, ‘You lot have that good pop tune out, haven’t you?’ meaning Charlemagne and we were like, ‘Yeah, we’ll take that’.”
Viola Beach, the indie band from Warrington who died in a car accident in Sweden with their manager, were due to open for Blossoms at Liquid Room. As a tribute to the band, Blossoms are going to play the group’s full set audio recording from their final gig in Leamington Spa before the tragic accident.
“They were a great gang and a brilliant band,” says Ogden. “We first met Viola Beach in October last year at King Tut’s in Glasgow. They were playing across town with Eliza and the Bear and they came down after to watch our set.
“We hung out that night and then invited them on tour. The last time we saw them was after the Leamington Spa show. We said our goodbyes to them as they headed off to Sweden. We’ll never forget them.”
Blossoms, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Thursday 3 March, doors 7pm, £10, 0131-225 2564