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  • Blossoms Announces New Album “Gary”, Shares Title Track

  • British alt-pop band Blossoms, consisting of Tom Ogden (lead vocals), Charlie Salt (bass), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar), Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock (keyboards), has announced their fifth studio album “Gary” will be released on September 20, 2024.

    The album comprises a 10-track, produced by the frequent collaborator James Skelly of The Coral, alongside Jungle’s Josh-Lloyd Watson.
    It is their first album in two years since the 2022 album “Ribbon Around the Bomb”.

    The band frontman Tom Ogden said of the album, “The heart of this record is about the five of us recording live in a room together for the first time in years. We wanted to capture the energy of what it’s like when five friends decide to start a band and make music together.”

    He continued, “We collaborated more than we ever have on this record too, and alongside working with long-time collaborator James Skelly, we brought in Josh and CMAT (Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson). We hired an AirBnB on the seafront in Anglesey and locked ourselves away for the writing session with Ciara and it was one of the most inspiring few days we’ve had as a band. During the writing process, we were listening to a lot of Bowie, Blondie, and Hall & Oates.”
  • According to a press release, the album features stand-out tracks in the form of “Big Star”, “I Like Your Look”, and “Mothers”.

    Tom Ogden said, “The album tracks themselves are based on different stories, mostly from personal experience. On ‘Big Star’ after seeing a well-known music journalist in the Chateau Marmont, I debate going over and introducing myself but then shyness gets the better of me and I don’t.”

    He added, “‘I Like Your Look’ is a tipping of the hat to Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ and a wink to Joan Baez ‘Time Rag’, and lyrically it explores a tongue-in-cheek approach to high fashion. ’Mothers’ is an ode to my and Joe’s friendship and it references the fact that our mothers were friends back in the 80s.’”

  • From the album, the band released the title track “Gary” along with a music video on June 3, 2024.
    The track was written by Charles Salt, Joseph Donovan, Joshua Dewhurst, Myles Kellock, and Thomas Ogden. Produced by James Skelly.
    The accompanying video was directed by Ewan Ogden and Tom Ogden.
    In the clip, their firm friend Sean Dyche appeared on as a cameo.

    Tom Ogden said of the video, “The video is directed by myself and my brother Ewan Ogden and it picks up where our last video left off. The song is based on a true story I heard on the radio last year – Gary the 8-foot fibreglass Gorilla was stolen from Reynard Garden in Carluke, Scotland.”

    He continued, “We’ve recreated the story on screen with Rick Astley playing Andrew Scott, the owner of the garden centre, and the band stealing Gary. This video was so much fun to make and was shot again on 16mm film, on location around Stockport, the Peak District, and Derbyshire. The song itself is the centrepiece of the album and after toying with different titles, we kept going back to Gary. In the end, it could only be ‘Gary’”.

    Photo by Ewan Ogden
  • source : Apple Music
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