Citrus Heights are a 4 piece indie/funk band that are pretty much exploding on the Leeds scene at the moment. The band is made up of Jamie Kelly (Vocals), Benjamin Casey (Guitar), Matthew Dixon (Bass) and Luke Chambers (Drums). They have already support bands such as The Dunwells and Clay as well as getting air play on BBC Introducing.
Listening to their EP ‘Sweet Things’ just twice is enough to know pretty much all the choruses of the tracks . Their songs are well structured and have a really catchy groove as well as melody. Taking obvious influences from Michael Jackson and Prince to achieve the foot tapping songs but I can also hear a tiny bit of The 1975 though their riffs and it has a VITAMIN feel. As well as the songs been really groovy it also sort of puts you in a ‘can do’ attitude especially ‘Limitations’ (which is one of my favourite songs on the EP) Jamie puts so much attitude into his voice, so it just kinda makes you wanna strut around your room singing into a hairbrush… just me?……
You can buy this belter of an EP on iTunes or if your still awaiting pay day you can listen on Spotify.
Blossoms are a 5 piece indie pop band from Stockport. The band was formed in 2012 and is made up of Tom Ogden, Vocals,Charlie Salt, Bassist, Myles Kellock, Keys, Josh Dewhurst, Lead Guitar and Joe Donovan, Drums. You can listen to their debut album that they released in August 2016 here.
Normally when I go to see bands, I thrive off the atmosphere of the crowd when they’re making pits and jumping around. But sometimes it can get a little too much, so its nice to just be able to chill and appreciate the actual music. This is why I love going to see Blossoms.
Personally I loved support acts CABBAGE and Declan Mckenna. The only thing that disappointed me wasn’t the actual music itself, it was more how the crowd reacted to them. Like I like a chilled crowd, don’t get me wrong, BUT WE NEED A BIT OF MOVEMENT! Trying to get everyone going with the famous Leeds and Yorkshire chants didn’t even work. But don’t worry lads, us guys at the barrier LOVED you. But hey, at least we were all better than Sheffield?!
I always knew the band was HUGE in Japan but I met two lovely boys who had travelled all the way from Japan just to see Blossoms, this just goes to show how big the fan base is, it’s so strong and well just pretty damn incredible.
Obviously when the Blossoms intro music started blasting out of the speakers, everyone suddenly came out of the trance and cheered, waiting for the band to enter.
They enterred the stage and opened the night with ‘At Most A Kiss’ whilst fans were jumping around and singing the song word for word back to them. They continued the night playing songs from their debut self titled album, ending the night with their most known song and my favourite song of 2016, Charlemagne.
After the gig, a hand full of fans went around the back of the venue where Blossoms tour bus was parked, hoping they would be able to get a chance to see the band and get photos. And of course they did. Every single member stood outside taking photos with everyone for at least an hour. Not bragging but I even got to wear Joe Donovan’s (Drummer) glasses…
There aren’t enough words to explain how lovely and kind-hearted the band are, they take a general interest in their fans which always warms my heart. If I had the money and the time I would definitely take a huge road trip and see Blossoms at every one of their gigs, I wouldn’t ever get bored of them.