“WE WANT to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as The Smiths, and as uplifting as Mr Smith Goes to Washington.” So said The Blossoms who have just announced a Galway concert for 2017.
The Blossoms - Tom Ogden (vocals/guitar ), Charlie Salt (bass/vocals ), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar ), Joe Donovan (drums ), and Myles Kellock (keyboards, vocals ) - will play Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday March 9.
The quintet, formed in 2013 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, releasing their debut single 'You Pulled A Gun On Me' in 2014. This was followed by a slew of singles and EPs, culminating in the band's debut album, Blossoms, which came out last month and reached No 1 in Britain and No 12 in Ireland. It was described as sounding "less like a debut and more like a greatest-hits album from a veteran group" by Allmusic.com; Andy Gill in The Independent echoed that comment, saying: "Stockport’s Blossoms have been acclaimed as saviours of indie-pop for so long now that this debut album is in effect a singles compilation" and he praised the band's "sparkling melodies and seemingly blue-chip hooks".
The Guardian has called the band, "unashamedly indie, but they have ambitions to be more pop"; while the NME declared them, "this year’s biggest guitar-pop shooting stars".