Stockport superstars Blossoms and their luscious locks hit the stage last night at The Kentish town forum as part of their sold-out UK tour to celebrate the release of their second studio album ‘Cool Like You’.
Openers Fuzzy Sun, who have recently signed to Blossoms very own label Very Clever records got the crowd going with their indulgent synth saturated tracks. Electric on-stage chemistry from the 5 piece dominated the room as they performed tracks off of their debut EP ‘Want Love’ that I have been hooked on since it’s release back in April, I’m unquestionably branding these guys one to watch.
Next up was Touts a three-piece who stormed the stage with their Irish charm. It’s truly refreshing to hear current bands carrying over the classic punk vibe of the 70’s and 80’s originally showcased through bands like Stiff little fingers. Their very thick accents did make it hard to understand what they were saying between tracks, one of the few words I did manage to make out was ‘dildo’, so that was interesting. While the music warranted a good mosh, people just weren’t really having it with many in the crowd not even having a bop, their loss I guess.
During the wait for the main men, the excitement got too much for one fan who gracefully had a wee in a cup and proceeded to pour it on the floor, resulting in my experience (and my shoes) being somewhat tainted by the fragrance of stale piss.
Kicking the night off with the explosive new single ‘There’s a reason why (I never returned your calls)’ followed by a few from ‘Cool Like you’ before hitting us with crowd favourites ‘Blow’ and ‘Honey Sweet’. To my disappointment, they didn’t feature any material from their EP’s. The 18 track setlist featured 9 from each of their studio albums satisfying both older fans as well as newer ones. There was little crowd interaction from the lads but who needs all that chit-chat anyway, back to back hits instead, please.
Stripping things down a bit and giving the crowd a bit of breathing time we got the slow jam Love talk, as well as a little acoustic number in the form of ‘My favourite room’ with frontman Tom nicely mashed up with a handful of cover tracks, Is there any other way to spend a Thursday night in May other than having a good ol’ sing along to ‘Last Christmas’… I think not.
Tieing up the night with the absolute banger that is ‘Charlemagne’ these guys have proved they are not going anywhere anytime soon and I’m very much okay with that.