Live Review: Blossoms – Liverpool


February 22nd, The Kazimier, Liverpool

Words: Gary Lambert

blossomsA soaking Sunday night is not the most exciting time to go to a gig, but nevertheless Blossoms were in town and aiming to entertain, so there was really only one place to be.  The Kazimier is a great little venue. Wooden and compact and slightly lop-sided so you really can get close to the action.

When Blossoms came on stage the first thing that hit me was that they looked cool.  Not a “we can do what we want” cool, but 2001-era The Strokes nonchalant cool.  Considering the “psychedelic Mancunian” expectations it was refreshing to see a band look casually like a band rather some lads spending their Christmas vouchers in Top Man. Opening number You Pulled A Gun On Me set the stall out for set with a sound reminiscent of Inspiral Carpets in a set your keyboards to fun way. Despite the power, rhythm and joy of the keyboards the high point of this song was the harmonies within the band.  The vocals were magnificent.  The frontman, Tom Ogden, was on form straight away but the soft backing vocals enhanced him perfectly.

For the frontman in an up and coming band, Tom Ogden was exemplary. He seems to intuitively get that to lead a band you must also bring it together. From introducing the individual members of the band to connecting with them throughout the set he performed like a pro in a way that some “LOOK AT ME!” lead singers could really learn from.

Mid-set Blossoms showed enough confidence to slow the pace right down with an acoustic-led My Favourite Room.  For me this was musically the piece which took me out of The Kazimier and into a future field with thousands of others.  The beauty and elegance of it gave a view of a band ready to hit the conscious of thousands of music fans.

Cut Me I Bleed followed the acoustic interlude. A song made for singing and dancing along with. A radio friend unit shifter in the best possible way.  There is no shame in writing pop music – especially when it is this good and utilises some fantastic musicians.

Walking out into the puddle strewn streets I was not concerned about the damp in the air or squelching in my shoes. My mind was focussed on Blossoms and a field full of music fans which must be coming soon.  These are songs and performers made for sunshine, cider and celebration. I cannot wait for summer.

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