1st May sees the release of Blóm’s debut LP Flower Violence. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Sam Grant (Pigsx7) at (the beginning to be legendary) Blank Studios in the Summer of 2019, it sees the band explores themes of queerness, feminism, gender identity, mental health, socio economic challenges, Christianity, Twin Peaks and the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel Crime and Punishment. On top of this, the band self describe themselves as “three qt punks playing pure radge shit; with female, trans and non binary members”. Phew!!!!
As a taster to Flower Violence, the band have unleashed album track ‘Be Kind’ to the world. Often compared to Lightning Bolt and Melt Banana in style, and very much like the former, Blóm are open to improvisation in their live performances and this also feeds through to their recorded output.
‘Be Kind’ (the title speaks for itself in these bleak times) opens with squealing feedback which segues into almost military style drumming. Next the bass comes in and it acts like thick sonic syrup on top of the already insistent drumming. The barking vocals join in and they are relentless. Full of confidence and energy, they are urgent and in your face. They are impossible to ignore.
The immediacy of the first half of the track comes to a gentle halt and kick starts back up with a thick and dense as shit riff breakdown. Brilliant. The vocals come back in and the track restarts and it turns into a feverish final quarter of the track with squealing and shouting vocals and a noisy as fuck finale.
After just one track Blóm already feel like a force to be reckoned with. They are loud, brash, and inventive and are seemingly ploughing their own path regardless of anyone or anything. Flower Violence is available to pre-order from Box Records now.
As I am writing this, news has come in that their up and coming UK tour supporting Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak. This is obviously devastating for both bands. I hope that Blóm will be able to show their true potential with Pigsx7 when it gets rescheduled.
Review by Ioan Humphreys