Blossoms takes us on a ride in new single and music video “Ode to NYC” from upcoming album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’
Currently gearing up to play a series of live shows and festivals in the UK this summer as well as a run of support dates with The Killers, Blossoms have also announced plans to return to the US with two shows confirmed in New York City and Los Angeles this summer. The band are set to play Irving Plaza in New York on August 16, followed by a show at Los Angeles’ iconic El Rey Theater on August 18. Tickets are on sale now.
Blossoms’ Tom Ogden reveals, “‘Ode To NYC’ is a love letter to my favorite city and is me imagining running around the city with my wife. It also feels like a love letter to her as well. ‘I get my kicks at West 56th, we’ll go sing Sinatra’ is referring to going to watch a tribute at the Carnegie Club which is on West 56th. That club is like something from a Scorsese movie.”
These live dates follow successful SOLD-OUT headline runs in 2019 and 2017 — including critically acclaimed appearances at Coachella Festival in California and Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Speaking about inspiration and meaning behind the album’s title, Tom Ogden explains, “While on tour in 2019 in Mexico, I visited Frida Kahlo’s house. Looking at her paintings on show, someone had described one of them as being like a ‘ribbon around a bomb’. I immediately thought that it was a great title for a song and album because of the imagery that it evoked in my mind. I thought about how lots of things in life could be described as being a ribbon around a bomb in the sense that as people we often dress things up which have a darkness lying beneath them.”
Standout tracks on the record include recent singles ‘Care For’ and ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb,’ as well as ‘The Writer’ which deals with the fear of and frustration associated with writer’s block and ‘Everything About You,’ one of the album’s only love songs, which Tom says is “as honest as they come.” ‘Visions’ meanwhile contains one of the album’s key lyrics “Was I complete at 23,” as Tom explains. “At 23 I had just had a number 1 album and begun my relationship with my now wife Katie. Reflecting on what I’d achieved at such a young age left me wondering, what now?”
Their 2016 debut ‘Blossoms’ topped the album charts for two consecutive weeks and went on to earn the band BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominations, while 2018’s ‘Cool Like You’ charted at Number 4 in the UK album chart, spawning the anthemic singles “I Can’t Stand It,” “There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)” and “How Long Will This Last?” Their third studio album, 2020’s ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ was the band’s second UK Number 1 album and following the release of In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport in 2020, the band have now had four top 5 albums in the UK.