Blossoms: Everything you need to know about Stockport's prodigal sons
They were busy during lockdown!
Last updated 3rd Feb 2021
Blossoms are a band that need very little introduction - considering the success of their third album, 'Foolish Loving Spaces', released in January 2020. Despite their major headline tour in the spring being sadly was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they have certainly kept themselves busy!
Not allowing the lockdown to get them down, the gang got to work in their respective homes - creating a brand new album entitled 'Blossoms In Lockdown', made up of covers and reworked tracks recorded from their homes. They even donated to the NHS tour bus raffle. They've even been working on their fourth album AND have even starred in a documentary!
The North West band have been making waves in the music industry since their self-titled debut was released in 2016 - and they've basically not stopped since then.
Having been nominated for the much-coveted title of British Breakthrough Act at the 2017 BRIT Awards as well as the hugely distinguished Mercury Music Prize the same year for their debut, it's no surprise that after such an impressive start, they're still going strong by album number three.
Read on for interesting facts about Blossoms that even the most dedicated fans might not know, plus we've answered a load of FAQs about the band and their music for those who are interested in expanding their Blossoms knowledge.
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Blossoms the band: Who are the members?
Blossoms is made up of Tom Ogden (lead vocals and guitar), Charlie Salt (bass and backing vocals), Josh Dewhurst (guitars and percussion), Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock (keyboards, synths and backing vocals).
Where are Blossoms from?
As you may have noticed above, the band are from Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK. Strangely, all five members of the band were born at the same hospital - Stepping Hill Hospital - and all lived within two miles of each other... But never met!
Tom and Joe met on a school trip to Alton Towers in 2005, and went to see bands live together, sharing a passionate interest in music - particularly those from the Manchester area, like Oasis and The Stone Roses. The band played their first gig together in April 2013 at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street in Manchester.
Blossoms are the subject of a 2020 documentary entitled Back To Stockport, directed by their close friend Charlie Watts, which focuses on their homecoming gig at Stockport County FC's Edgeley Park in June 2019. The documentary was released on Amazon Prime on 8th November 2020.
How old are Blossoms?
Blossoms the band is currently seven-years-old as they formed in 2013, and the band members' birthdays are as follows:
Charlie Salt, 25th June 1991, 29-years old.
Joe Donovan, 1st November 1992, 28-years-old.
Tom Ogden, birthday 28th April 1993, 27-years-old.
Myles Kellock, 14th August 1994, 26-years-old.
Josh Dewhurst, 7th March 1997, 23-years-old.
Blossoms' band name: The story behind it
The band decided to name themselves after The Blossoms pub in Stockport, after Joe heard Tom and Charlie each say on separate occasions that Blossoms would be a great name for a band. In a nice full-circle sort of way, the band have now played gigs at The Blossoms.
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Are Blossoms on tour?
Blossoms have rescheduled the remaining dates of their UK tour for March and April 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic - and even announced two extra dates.
The band will now kick off at Leicester O2 Academy on Saturday 20th March and conclude two weeks later with their gargantuan show at Manchester Arena on Saturday 3rd April. All original tickets remain valid to the new shows.
Blossoms are currently set to play the following shows:
Lincoln Engine Shed – Weds 17th
Stoke Victoria Hall – Fri 19th
Leicester O2 Academy – Sat 20th
Cambridge Junction – Sun 21st
Newcastle O2 Academy – Tue 23rd
Glasgow O2 Academy – Wed 24th
Hull Bonus Arena – Fri 26th
Leeds O2 Academy – Sat 27th
London O2 Forum Kentish Town – Mon 29th
London O2 Forum Kentish Town – Tue 30th
London O2 Forum Kentish Town – Wed 31st
Birmingham O2 Academy – Fri 2nd
Manchester Arena – Sat 3rd
Blossoms: Albums discography so far
The Stockport lads have been making music together for eight years now, and have put out three albums (fourth album pending). They also released four EPs - 'Bloom' in 2014, 'Blown Rose' and 'Charlemagne' in 2015 and 'At Most A Kiss' in 2016.
Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2016, and hit the top spot in the UK charts as well as being certified Gold. It contained one of their biggest songs today, 'Charlemagne', as well as 'At Most a Kiss' and 'Honey Sweet'. They told us all about their first album before it dropped at the Isle of Wight Festival 2016...
Follow-up 'Cool Like You' dropped in April 2018, peaking at Number 4 and spawning singles 'There's a Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)', 'I Can't Stand It' and 'How Long Will This Last?', as well as the title track.
And, of course, the band put the UK lockdown to use, working in their respective homes - creating a brand new album entitled 'Blossoms In Lockdown'.
When was 'Foolish Loving Spaces' released?
Blossoms' third album 'Foolish Loving Spaces' was released on 31st January 2020, and features juggernauts 'Your Girlfriend' and 'The Keeper'. The track listing is as follows:
- 'If You Think This Is Real Life'
- 'Your Girlfriend'
- 'The Keeper'
- 'My Swimming Brain'
- 'Sunday Was A Friend Of Mine'
- 'Oh No (I Think I’m In Love)'
- 'Romance, Eh?'
- 'My Vacant Days'
- 'Falling For Someone'
- 'Like Gravity'
Of the album, Blossoms said, "The album is a pure celebration of love in all of its splendid and baffling guises, toying with the so-called sins of lust and forbidden infatuation. It’s inspired by a summer spent listening to 'Stop Making Sense', 'The Joshua Tree' & 'Screamadelica'."
In the 2020 lockdown, Blossoms got to work on their fourth album - posting a series of snaps to their social media pages with a hashtag explaining that a new record would be coming soon, before releasing double album 'In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport' on 23rd October.
What awards have Blossoms won?
Although they haven't won any awards yet, they were nominated for two pretty huge gongs in 2017 - British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards, and the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album.
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Who writes Blossoms' songs?
Singer Tom is the band's main songwriter. Speaking to Dork magazine in April 2018, Tom opened up about the writing process and how he prefers to take inspiration from more melancholy experiences.
"A couple of songs on there are still drawing upon a failing relationship," he explained, "But I wasn't directly feeling like that at the time of writing, I just channelled it, I guess. I think it's easier to write honest lyrics about that subject, whereas if I wanna say I think someone's great, or ‘I really love ya', it's harder to put that into words without it sounding cringey."
Talking about second album 'Cool Like You' track 'Between The Eyes', Tom related that the meaning was about the "exciting" beginnings of a relationship with someone, adding that he "tried to be a bit more clever with that one."
Reciting the line, 'You crept into my heart / There must've been a side door left unlocked', Tom likened his work to that of Arctic Monkeys' frontman, "I guess it's more the sort of thing Alex Turner would write, but that one did come out quite honest.
"On the whole, though, it's easier to write lyrics about things that are unfortunate, but I try to do both on this album. It's about a 60:40 split."
Why do Blossoms wear keys?
It's a slight mystery among fans of the band, who have often noticed them wearing keys around their necks. Thankfully, the mystery was solved in 2016 when they were asked what the deal was.
Apparently, they were passed on from a friend of Joe's mum, and noticed that things were taking off with the band since they started wearing them. It's almost like a good luck charm.
Were Blossoms on Pointless?
As surprised as we are to type this... Yes, yes they were. After lead singer Tom Ogden put in a stellar performance paired up with Ray Blk for the special Music Day episode on 28th September 2019, the band performed 'Your Girlfriend' at the end of the show.
The pair made it all the way to the head to head, where they went up against Pop Idol winner Will Young and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, who pipped them to the post at the penultimate round on the subject of Nile Rodgers.
Now have a look through some of our best photos of Blossoms...
Performing at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2018
Having a game of table football at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2018
On-stage at IOW 2018
At the IOW 2018
Singing their hearts out at IOW 2018
Having a whale of a time at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday
Performing at our 10th birthday party
Joe Donovan and Tom Ogden posing for the cameras at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday
Performing at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday
Performing at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday
Backstage at Absolute Radio's 10th birthday
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