Live Review: Blossoms (The Albert Hall, Manchester 27/02/16)

In recent weeks I’ve spoken about the double-speed rise of this Stockport band, including my last article. Last night was in many ways the first opportunity to measure progress in terms of attracting and entertaining a large crowd and historic venue that a year ago they would’ve probably doubted they’d appear in so soon. It’s a beautiful venue, and when support act The VryllSociety’s psychedelic sounds reverberated around the room it felt like this neo-baroque structure was perfect for these two bands with so much potential. When the keyboard of Cut Me and I’ll Bleed got a sellout crowd moving, they moved to their newest single At Most A Kiss in textbook fashion. Smoke and its accompanying swagger were next to show why Blossoms are being spoken about so much and when the Manchester Evening News’ Katie Butler compared lead singer Tom to Freddie Mercury this morning it joins the list of compliments. I’m not sure if the whole hoovering and fake boobs thing would suit Blossoms, though.

Polka Dot Bones, and Across The Moor came before brand new Getaway after fans were told that the band have just finished recording a debut album. Blown Rose is my favourite, and it proves its’ worth live as well. The final song from their 4-track EP released last week, Misery, was given the full treatment with a solo piano performance that encapsulated The Albert Hall from the first key to the last, a section of You’re Gorgeous and Half The World Away added extra romance to the occasion. Their live lounge cover, In2, proceeded the brilliant Charlemagne, dedicated to the fellow musicians and their manager that the music industry lost recently in such tragic circumstances. Viola Beach’s recorded live sets have been played at every gig on this tour and plenty have got down early to listen.

Blow closed the night, the song they first attracted attention with and the instrumental section after it was just to make sure everyone had got the message; Blossoms are in town and they’re about to ‘blow’ up into one of the biggest bands of the past few years. They’re cutting edge and exciting, next month I’ll be following them to Liverpool to test if the hype isn’t just restricted to Manchester, if last night is anything to go by, there’s no reason at all why the whole of the country shouldn’t be on board with Blossoms.

Get their new EP here.


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