Blossoms: Hebden Bridge Trades Club – live review


Hebden Bridge Trades Club

30th Feb 2015

One of Stockport’s most promising young bands, Blossoms, take to the stage at Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Louder Than War’s Josh Norcliffe was there.

As one of the most hotly tipped breakthrough bands for this year, Stockport band Blossoms have all the credentials needed to be the north-wests next successful musical export. Tonight they play in Hebden Bridge amidst the canals and hills for their opening show of the year, at the Trades club – whose growing reputation is acclaimed for being one of the finest small venues in West Yorkshire.

Tonight’s support also comes from across the Pennines in the way of alternative rock group Man Made fronted by a certain Nile Marr (son of Johnny Marr), whose playing technique is at times uncannily similar to his old man’s. Hugely talented and laden potential, the 3-piece could be set for a bright future despite any seemingly stand-out tracks as yet.

Blossoms kick off proceedings with organ driven opener You Pulled a Gun on Me, which is closely followed up by Goodbye, which fuses eerie keys awash with singer Tom Ogden’s Miles Kane-like vocal attack. Throughout the set the bands cocksure arrogance and self-belief comes to the fore. Guitarist Josh Dewhurst is unnerved throughout, while Ogden’s crowd-flirting is à la Alex Turner.

The acoustic guitar then gets a run out for Blown Rose- an aestival Kinks-tinged melody that still contains just enough verve-like menace to be a Blossoms tune. Madeline and Blow then further demonstrate the group’s crafty knack for combining satisfying hooks and big choruses.

Despite performing just 9 songs the 5-piece depart to an enthusiastic ovation- perhaps turning a few heads upon tonight’s offerings. It’s on this showing, you realise Blossoms have a solid collection of tunes ready to pave the foundations for their debut album release- that we should expect this year. If 2014 was about putting their name on the map, then 2015’s about fulfilling the bags of potential that the Stockport band carries.


You can find out more at the band’s official website: They’re also on Facebooksoundcloud and the tweet as @BlossomsBand.

All words by Josh Norcliffe. More writing by Josh on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.

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