Blossoms breathe new life with Release of ‘Your Girlfriend’
In anticipation of their huge Edgeley Park gig (22nd June), Stockport’s finest, Blossoms, released their new single ‘Your Girlfriend’ alongside B-side ‘Torn Up’ on 20th June.
‘Your Girlfriend’ debuted live at the band’s homecoming gig to a warm welcome despite its release only coming two days prior. It is a relatively short track, in fact both tracks running at 2 minutes and 41 seconds each.
The track comes with an air of true 80s nostalgia in true Blossoms’ style, the track being heavily inspired by Talking Heads. Produced by James Skelly of The Coral, Richard Turvey and the band themselves, the single takes a slightly atypical approach to your average love song. Speaking to Radio X, frontman and songwriter, Tom describes the song as being centred on someone being ‘in love with their friend’s girlfriend’. This is mirrored in the track’s lyrical content, ‘So we met through a friend/We rent a place and she comes round to stay’ where the battle of its forbidden nature is expressed in ‘I know I shouldn’t but I’d like to spend more time with her’ and ‘What am I supposed to do/I can tell, they get along so well/ Is it possible, she likes me too?’.
Although Tom persists that the track is in no way autobiographical, he explains that he wanted to write something that wasn’t necessarily about me’ as he places importance on the need to ‘challenge yourself as a songwriter to do something different and get out of your comfort zone’, taking the concept from something he had heard on the ‘telly’ or maybe from ‘another song’. This results in his voice narrating a story in his true elongated, Northern, production.
The song’s chorus ‘And now your girlfriend is ringing in my ears again/It’s no sure shot/But she likes all my favourite things/I wish she’d come over today’ is however, framed with humour. The track encapsulates the band’s funny side, with side notes including ‘I should be moving out but can’t cos we’ve just signed a lease‘ and ‘Thought maybe we’d go out for a movie/And we can forget friends who’ll be fuming/Then I could walk you home in the evening/And that’s just being friendly’.
Such humour is only then mirrored in the single’s music video. Once again, in true Blossoms’ style, the video is highly outlandish, taking inspiration from the band’s favourite film characters. It features keyboard player, Myles as the female love interest, while simultaneously moonlighting as Frankenstein’s bride. Bass player, Charlie then moonlights as ‘Frankenchaz’ while playing both the boyfriend and best friend of Tom’s character as the conflicted friend while naturally appearing as ‘Wolfboy’.
Differently however, the tracks B-side, ‘Torn Up’ captures a highly contrasting mood from the band. With its simple, acoustic production, placing the spotlight on Tom’s vocals, the track shares similarities with ‘My Favourite Room’, a track from the band’s debut, self-titled album.
Although it’s unclear if the track’s lyrical content is in anyway personal or reflective of frontman, Tom’s experiences it is much more stripped and vulnerable, being much more emotive in comparison to the single, beginning with ‘I’m so torn up with myself/I can hardly look at myself/I keep this weight on my shoulders/This just might be my cry for help’. Such a raw tone is only continued as the track progresses with ‘I’m so torn up in my head/I can barely get out of bed/I can’t keep faking a smile/Your words hang on by a thread’, further highlighted by the repetition of ‘Will you keep an eye on me please?’.
Such a track only illuminates the range of styles of storytelling the band are prepared to take. Although the single does tackle a rather tricky emotional situation, it does this in a jokey, light hearted way, whereby the track’s B-side does this quite differently, rather fitting in well with the recent media focus on men’s mental health. Again, it isn’t known if this is a purposeful, cathartic track reflective of Tom’s state of mind, but even so, does pose as a track which circulates certain and important issues of men speaking out about their emotions and asking for help from others.
Ultimately, Blossoms’ new release presents both a humorous side, as well as one which is much more poignant. It sets the tone and brings new excitement and anticipation in view of their busy festival season as well as more material in the form of a third album which the band have remarked we should expect ‘next year’.
Catch Blossoms live this festival season!
June 30th – Community Festival, London
August 21st – Lincoln Engine Shed, Lincoln
August 22nd – Victoria Hall, Stoke on Trent
August 24th – Reading Festival, Reading
August 15th – Leeds Festival, Leeds