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Blossoms Biography

Blossoms are an English indie pop band from Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock.Career Pre-Blossoms and formation Unknowingly at the time, all members of the band were born in Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, and lived within two miles of each other whilst growing up. Tom Ogden and Joe Donovan met through a school trip to Alton Towers, which both of them were placed on due to good attendance, in 2005. During their time in high school they became 'into bands' from the local Manchester music scene such as Oasis and The Stone Roses and saw both aforementioned bands together...
Blossoms are an English indie pop band from Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock.

Career

Pre-Blossoms and formation

Unknowingly at the time, all members of the band were born in Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, and lived within two miles of each other whilst growing up. Tom Ogden and Joe Donovan met through a school trip to Alton Towers, which both of them were placed on due to good attendance, in 2005. During their time in high school they became 'into bands' from the local Manchester music scene such as Oasis and The Stone Roses and saw both aforementioned bands together. Donovan previously knew bassist Charlie Salt as all members of Blossoms went to the same secondary school, though not at the same time. Ogden began writing songs aged 15 despite not being in a band, encouraged by his father. Salt was previously a member of Mutineers with former Haven rhythm section Iwan Gronow and Jack Mitchell.

After high school Donovan and later Ogden went on to have jobs at the Alma Lodge Hotel as event staff, they were later joined by Kellock who got a job by Ogden's good word after he joined the unnamed band that would come to be Blossoms. Kellock previously worked at a Co-Op. The Alma Lodge Hotel also served as the venue to the first bands that all five members were in, Salt and guitarist Josh Dewhurst featuring in other bands. After all featuring on the same bill Salt and Dewhurst gravitated toward the other members of Blossoms, together eventually becoming members of the band in January 2013. Ogden, Donovan and Kellock often spent time on their shifts discussing the band and playing demos which got them into trouble several times. On 3 April 2013, Blossoms played their first gig in the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street, Manchester for £3 entry.

Early work

Upon Salt joining the band, they gained a rehearsal space, his grandfather's scaffolding yard which proved ideal as they were able to use it without paying for the time. The scaffolding yard is the location featured on the cover of their debut album. The band take their name from The Blossoms public house at the corner of Bramhall Lane and Buxton Road in Stockport. Donovan heard both Ogden and Salt mention how apt Blossoms was as a band name on separate occasions, leading to the naming of the band as Blossoms. They have since played shows at The Blossoms.

In January 2014, the band released their first single, "You Pulled a Gun on Me", and on 14 January they released a video for the song. The video was self-produced with a small budget of £60. "You Pulled a Gun on Me" was recorded at Eve Studios in Stockport. In Spring 2014, Blossoms were signed to Skeleton Key Records (owned by James Skelly of The Coral). From March through to August 2014, Blossoms embarked upon their first UK tour to promote the Bloom EP though they only played weekend shows due to all members of the band still holding full-time jobs, other than Dewhurst who was only 16 and still in full-time education. They got their first write up on the Louder Than War music website, played their first festival (Tramlines in Sheffield at Yellow Arch Studios) and opened for James at Castlefield Bowl to 8,000 people, on 11 July 2014, which they described as a turning point in the band's future. Skelly produced their first official single "Blow", released 26 August 2014, the video being shot at the scaffolding yard that was still being used as a rehearsal space.

In autumn 2014, Blossoms quit their jobs to fully pursue the band and subsequently went on to do another full UK tour, this time selling out the Manchester date, hosted by Sound Control, a venue made famous by The Stone Roses and New Order. They also sold out a show at the Deaf Institute, Manchester on 1 November. Over the winter, Blossoms went back into Parr Street Studios with James Skelly to record "Cut Me and I'll Bleed", for which they announced an extensive UK tour between 31 January and 28 March 2015.

Due to them having a contact in the business, the singer Liam Fray, this promoted them to tour with The Charlatans and The Courteeners in March 2015. On 18 March, Blossoms were invited by BBC Introducing to play a set for the Official SXSW Showcase at Latitude 30 in Austin, Texas. Blossoms recorded and released the Blown Rose EP between June and July, the video once again shot at the scaffolding yard, released on 31 July along with the EP itself. This was the first EP released as part of Blossoms' new record deal with Virgin EMI though they only announced the new contract on 18 August. The band still work with James Skelly as their producer.

They went on to play a summer of festivals such as The Great Escape, Y Not and Reading and Leeds whilst also supporting the Courteeners for their Heaton Park show. Blossoms headlined their first festival stage on 5 September at Tim Peak's Diner as part of Festival No. 6.

This was released as a 10" vinyl disc for Record Store Day 2017.

Cool Like You

Cool Like You was their second studio album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2018, by Virgin EMI Records. The album was produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey. It peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart, and at number 1 on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart. Subsequently after this, the band followed up the album’s release with a UK tour which was completely sold out, including a night at the O2 Apollo in Manchester and three shows at Stockport Plaza. After playing some festivals in the summer, Blossoms announced another UK tour for December, including two nights at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse and the O2 Brixton Academy in London. The entire tour sold out within minutes on the day tickets went on sale.

In June 2019 Blossoms played a homecoming show at Edgeley Park Stadium, selling out every ticket in under an hour.

Foolish Loving Spaces

The band released their third album, Foolish Loving Spaces, on 31 January 2020. The album was preceded by the singles “Your Girlfriend”, "The Keeper" and "If You Think This Is Real Life". The album went to number 1 in the UK album charts, their second record to do so.

Smiths covers and Rick Astley guest vocalist

In September 2021, the band performed covers of The Smiths songs together with singer Rick Astley. The band announced further performances with Astley on 8 and 9 October.

Band members

  • Tom Ogden – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
  • Charlie Salt – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Josh Dewhurst – lead guitar, percussion
  • Joe Donovan – drums
  • Myles Kellock – keyboards, synthesizer, piano, backing vocals



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Blossoms Discography

  • 2014SingleBlow
  • 2015SingleBlown Rose
  • 2015SingleCharlemagne
  • 2015SingleCut Me and I'll Bleed
  • 2016AlbumBlossoms
  • 2016AlbumBlossoms (Extended Edition)
  • 2018AlbumCool Like You
  • 2018SingleHow Long Will This Last? (Single Mix)
  • 2018SingleI Can't Stand It (Acoustic)
  • 2018SingleThere's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)
  • 2018SingleThere's a Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) [feat. The Sense of Sound Singers] [Gospel Choir Version]
  • 2018SingleWonderful Christmastime
  • 2019SingleI’ve Seen the Future
  • 2019SingleYour Girlfriend (Acoustic)
  • 2020SingleChristmas Eve (Soul Purpose) / It’s Going To Be A Cold Winter
  • 2020SingleDreaming of You (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleEveryday I Write The Book (In Isolation)
  • 2020AlbumFoolish Loving Spaces
  • 2020AlbumFoolish Loving Spaces (Extended Edition)
  • 2020SingleIf You Think This Is Real Life (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleIf You Think This Is Real Life
  • 2020SingleLike Gravity (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020AlbumLive From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport
  • 2020SingleLost (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleMy Swimming Brain (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleMy Swimming Brain (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020SingleOh No (I Think I’m In Love) [In Isolation]
  • 2020SinglePlease Don't (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleRomance, Eh? (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020SingleSunday Was A Friend Of Mine (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020SingleThe Keeper (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020SingleThe Less I Know The Better (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleThere’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) [Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport]
  • 2020SingleYou're Gorgeous (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleYour Girlfriend (In Isolation)
  • 2020SingleYour Girlfriend (Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport)
  • 2020SingleYour Girlfriend
  • 2021SingleCare For
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