'We wear black on the outside but black isn’t how we feel on the inside…’ say psych-lite quintet Blossoms. Tune in to their heady blend of West Coast nostalgia for some stereoscopic sunshine...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 13 Oct 2014
  • min read
Who? Blossoms are Tom Ogden (vocals/guitar), Charlie Salt (bass), Josh Dewhurst (guitar), Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock (keys).

What? Tripped out psych-pop for the post Arctic Monkeys generation.

From where? Stockport, by way of Haight-Ashbury circa 1966.

What’s the story? Determined to put Stockport on the map, this band of long-haired nostalgists are channelling the sixties’ vibe through the dingy nightspots of Greater Manchester.

They’ve all cut their teeth in previous bands before coming together to form Blossoms, an all-out celebration of vintage organs, slinky basslines, jangly guitars and black polo necks.

Not short of fans in the biz, they were invited to support The Rifles on tour earlier this year, while forward-thinking indie imprint RIP Records picked them up for an EP release, Bloom.

The Coral’s James Skelly was also swayed by their stereoscopic sound and invited them into the studio to record with him. Blow, Blossoms’ debut single, is the first proper taster from their Parr Street sessions.

Released on Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records on 20 October, it lays out Blossoms' stall as a tight psych-lite outfit with an ace ear for melody.

But enough from us. Here's what the band have to say for themselves: ‘We want to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as The Smiths and as uplifting as Mr Smith Goes to Washington. We wear black on the outside but black isn’t how we feel on the inside…’

Sound like? Nineties indie-retroists Space have transported themselves back to The Byrds' West Coast recording studio, taking Arctic Monkeys and The Kinks with them.

Predicted to? Spearhead the latest psyche revival.

Must hear? You Pulled a Gun on Me for its brilliant Hammond solos and Blow for the feline bassline.

What’s next? An extensive UK tour to celebrate their debut single (dates below).

Tour dates:
14/10 – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
15/10 – Nice n Sleazys, Glasgow
16/10 – Brickyard, Carlisle
17/10 – Think Tank, Newcastle
18/10 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
20/10 – Fibbers, York
21/10 – Alfie Birds, Birmingham
22/10 – The Compass, Chester
24/10 – What Became of Us at The Cookie, Leicester
25/10 – Club Psychedelia at Lennons, Southampton
26/10 – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
28/10 – Boileroom, Guildford
29/10 – The Birdcage, Bristol
30/10 – Deep Hum @ Bleach
31/10 – The Gatsby, Sheffield
01/11 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester