Friday, 2 March 2018

Blossoms Announce New Single I Can't Stand It and Album Cool Like You .... And The Truth About That Video

Despite rumours of them splitting up, fuelled by a video we posted on twitter the other week as well as numerous other events, Blossoms have announced the release of a new single I Can’t Stand It, the lead track from Cool Like You, the follow-up to 2016's self-titled debut that spent two weeks at number one out on April 27. They’ve also announced a series of shows to councide with the album release.

The eleven track album features There’s A Reason Why I Never Returned Your Calls, I Can’t Stand It, Cool Like You, Unfaithful, Stranger Still, How Long Will This Last?, Between The Eyes, I Just Imagined You, Giving Up The Ghost, Lying Again and Love Talk. It’s released on standard CD, LP, cassette, a deluxe CD featuring an acoustic version of the album and a CD/DVD edition that features their sell-out show from Castlefield Bowl in Manchester last summer.

The gigs take in Stockport Plaza (May 4), Leeds O2 Academy (7), Newcastle O2 Academy (8), London Kentish Town Forum (10), Manchester O2 Apollo (11) and Norwich Nick Rayns UEA LCR (12). Pre-sale access is available for pre-orders of the album and general sale is March 9.

So, the video. I got asked to do it as I go back a long way and they wanted someone they could trust. When I wrote for Louder Than War, I did their first ever press interview (BBC Introducing in Manchester did their first radio) at a gig at the Blue Cat in Heaton Moor back in 2014.  We recorded quite a few of their early gigs, travelled about a bit to watch them and were credited on the debut album.

So it felt like I should do it. I apologise to those who were genuinely upset by it, I didn't think it would cause quite such an emotional reaction with some fans.

Some of the responses though were hilarious and I hate to bite my tongue not to reply to some, but I thought I'd share some of my favourites :

Just for the record, this blog is a hobby, I'm not a journalist, it isn't a job, there is absolutely no revenue made from this site, whether it be the blog itself, the social media, the youtube channel. Not a single penny and I pay for most of the gigs I review. I have a full time job that pays the bills and this is a labour of love.

I wouldn't do what happened in the video to any band, let alone one I know and have worked with. I also wouldn't film in portrait. The fee I got for doing this (which they insisted on) was donated in full to Walter's Page, who fund raise for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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