If you haven’t heard of Blossoms you’ve been sorely missing out, the unique sounding band from Stockport, are currently touring off the back of their UK number 1 self-titled album. The indie pop group Blossoms blew the roof off The Garage, Aberdeen in their first ever appearance in the city.
The sold out gig began with an instrumental of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’, the unusual opening got the Fred Perry clad crowd into a frenzy. The band appeared through the darkness, as their figures silhouetted by the purple beams of light.
‘At Most a Kiss’, the carefully crafted pop song with a nostalgic mix of The Smiths and New Order set the pace for the rest of the hour. By the fifth song ‘Getaway’ the capacity crowd, which ranged through all ages, reminisced of the forgotten Hard-Fi days. Frontman Tom Ogden’s contradictory lyrics “I’m over you, get under me” - connected to the crowd with its emotional sense of young love.
Next up was the 80’s electropop anthem ‘Blown Rose’. Tom Ogden said about writing this song “I feel like that song was inside the walls of the guitar I just let it out”. It’s easy to see why he would say this because the song sounds like it comes straight from the 80’s and it brought half the crowd back to their youth.
‘My Favourite Room’ was the band’s final song prior to the encore, with Tom leaving at the end saying reassuring the crowd of the group’s immediate return to the stage. This song called for a bit of crowd participation with Tom calling out for anyone that had just been dumped. Introducing us to Megan and Angus (who unfortunately wasn't there to be humiliated in front of a typically raucous scottish crowd).
Lead singer Tom performed an acoustic solo dedicated to Megan, incorporating her and Angus’s name throughout. The song then took an unexpected song turn into ‘So Gorgeous” by Babybird then swiftly to ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! getting the crowd very much into the Christmas spirit.
Finishing the night with their most well known song ‘Charlemagne’ stirred the crowd into chaos. In true Scottish style the crowd broke out into a moshpit and a the iconic Scottish gig chant of “Here we f****** go”.
The down-to-earth band brought a storm to Aberdeen with their unique flair and unforgettable performance. These guys are definitely going places so watch this space.