On Friday night Stockport psychedelic indie rockers Blossoms once again showed why they are one of the most talked about bands of the moment. Their Manchester Academy show sold out well in advance and the place was packed with punters buzzing to see the band in such a small intimate venue.
After two support bands, the crowd moved towards the stage as the Rocky fanfare began to play. Tom Ogden and co walk onto the smoke filled stage to a rapturous welcome and open with one of their newer songs, ‘Lava’. The long haired Ogden caresses the stage with his relaxed presence throughout the opener whilst the crowd slowly sway along in unison to the Inspiral Carpets like sounds of the band. “Hello we’re Blossoms and we’re from Stockport” announces Ogden, which gets the crowd going.
The band are bang on form. They ooze coolness and play with the confidence of a band who know they’re winning. Things have been snowballing for Blossoms recently with high profile support slots and plenty of touring and you it is evident with the tightness of their set. Its remarkably effortless.
When the opening to ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ begins a sudden urge from the crowd to get to the front of the stage starts. As Ogden sings with his soft, soothing vocals other members of the band kick in with keyboardist, Myles Kellock providing the groove that fills the venue. “This will be our last song Manchester” announces Ogden as Ogden strums the opening to ‘Blow’ on his acoustic guitar as they perform an outstanding version of their debut single.
The next show in Manchester for Blossoms will be a headline show at The Ritz, showing another climb up the ladder for the lads. Where will it stop? On this form they will be selling out the Apollo within a couple of years. A brilliant set from a band who are staking a claim for the best new act of 2015.