English buzz band Blossoms has seen the last 12 months go quickly.
The band released its self-titled debut album, only to see it spend two weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, thanks to its radio hit “Charlemagne.” Led by singer Tom Ogden, Blossoms opened for the Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium and, instantly, singer Ian Brown bcame a fan. Ogden, whose band will play again with the Stone Roses this summer, takes it all in stride.
“It’s been a blur, really,” Ogden says with his thick English accent via telephone from San Francisco. “There have been so many pinch-yourself moments, when I can’t believe I’m doing what I’m doing. I’m humbled by it. There’s a lot going on around us.”
Blossoms will bring its Brit pop sound to Arizona twice this week, headlining the Valley Bar on Thursday, April 20, and then opening for Two Door Cinema Club on Sunday, April 23, at the Marquee.
Ogden—who is joined in the band by bassist Charlie Salt, guitarist Josh Dewhurst, drummer Joe Donovan and keyboardist Myles Kellock—says this is the first time Blossoms has been to Arizona.
“We really don’t know what to expect going in,” he says with a laugh. “We’re looking forward to it. We’re just enjoying being in the States.”
The 2017 Coachella veteran adds that fans should know what to expect from Blossoms’ shows.
“We’re no frills,” says Ogden, who grew up listening to the music of Manchester, as well as Abba. “We’re just five mates to get on stage and perform together. We perform the songs we love playing. We love traveling around together.”
These five longtime friends were even born at the same facility, Stepping Hill Hospital, and grew up near each other. Ogden and Donovan have known each other the longest, with the rest of the band following in that friendship. Blossoms played independently in separate local groups until the musicians pooled their resources in 2013. They have since been compared to a range of artists from Echo and the Bunnymen and The Stone Roses to Depeche Mode and The Doors.
“It is true,” he says. “It’s crazy, really, if you think about it. We grew up in a 2-mile radius of each other. We just get on. Our outlook on a lot of things is the same. We just want to play.”
‘All the songs are very personal to me as they’re about my relationships,” says Ogden. “I tend to write my best lyrics when I’m miserable and heartbroken, but placing that over music that’s very melodic, very pop, but with our own strange twist.”
Blossoms w/Wilderado, Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.368.3121, valleybarphx.com, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, $12-$15; and opening for Two Door Cinema Club, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, $27.50 and $42.50.