As part of the new Gigslutz series “A First Date with…” we sat down with Blossoms to get to know them a little better. In a bid to keep our options open both Joe and Tom took us out, and we chatted movies, heartbreak and gin…
So, we’re on our first date – where do you take me?
JOE: I’ve taken a girl bowling before… Or a gig’s always a good one!
TOM: That’s a bit loud though isn’t it. I think it just depends on you, we can get free tickets to gigs so we could always impress with that.
Do you go straight in with music chat then?
T: Well only if you’re into music
J: Yeah, if you’re into the same music as me I’d say that or, Pizza Express?
Dutch Courage – what are we drinking?
J: Gin, lime and lemonade
T: On my first date with my first girlfriend I was drinking gin. Went to the cinema and the guy was like ‘do you want a double for 50p more’ and I had to get one. Ended up pissed for Titanic in 3D.
So what kind of film would we go to?
T: I wouldn’t go for romance usually. It’s too cheesy.
J: I wouldn’t do comedy because I’ve got a terrible laugh.
T: Just if the film looks good! I’m into psychological thrillers.
Same! That’s us sorted then.
T: We’re hitting it off already! Something like Gone Girl.
I’m in! And how long before I can come to one of your gigs?
T: I wouldn’t even push that. If you wanted to I’d say yeah sure, or if I knew we were playing close by, but it shouldn’t be about that.
So is music an important connection to have?
T: I think so. Girlfriends I’ve had have always had that connection… But then again none of them have gone very well.
When do you start writing songs about me?
T: As soon as you start becoming a muse. They come from a bit of misery usually. If I’m really happy with a girl, I go through a bit of a dry patch sometimes. I find it easier to write songs when things are going a bit shit. I haven’t felt that for a while though…
And with the album then, how much of that is from personal experience?
T: All of it, yeah.
J: A lot of the ones you won’t have heard yet are very honest.
T: A lot of the older ones – ‘Charlemagne’, ‘Blow’ etc – weren’t drawn directly from me as much. In that vein, yeah, but just feelings that you know disguised in metaphors. But I watched that Amy Winehouse documentary, and all the lyrics come up and I realised how honest she was and decided to give it a go. I think some of the best songs came out of it and people understand it.
What’s next for you guys?
T: Loads of festivals, and gigging loads.
J: We’ve got like 16 weeks on the trot!
T: Yeah, then the album comes out so that’s going to be busy, and then tour the album, hopefully take it around the world. And then I just need to keep writing. I need to get another girlfriend…
And then fuck it up! So you had a full set last night and you’ve just played an acoustic one – do you have a preference?
T: I enjoy it all to be honest, as long as there’s people watching.
And any particular songs you like playing?
T: ‘Getaway’ sounded good just now but when we do bigger gigs ‘Charlemagne’ always goes down well, ‘cause everyone knows it.
Well thank you very much! I hope we get a second date…