Blossoms say Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner is ‘like an alien’

With their second album coming this week, the Stockport five-piece discuss which 'freak of nature' musicians leave them starstruck

Blossoms have said that Arctic Monkeys‘ Alex Turner is “like an alien” – claiming that “everything he does is perfect”.

The Stockport bunch release their second album ‘Cool Like You’ this Friday (April 27), which follows their 2016 self-titled debut. So far, we’ve heard two singles from the LP – in the form of ‘I Can’t Stand It‘ and the anthemic, festival-ready ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’.

Ahead of ‘Cool Like You’ dropping, the band have spoken of who they view as ‘cool’ in the music industry – and which of their idols have left them starstruck after they crossed paths.

Speaking to the BBC, frontman Tom Ogden and drummer Joe Donovan hailed Alex Turner, Liam and Noel Gallagher, and Paul Weller as “a solid four”.

Following a recent tour with their hero Noel, Donovan said: “Even if we just walk past him in the corridor, I get butterflies. I don’t think that’ll ever go away.”

“There’s no way Alex Turner is a normal human,” he added. “He’s like an alien. Everything he does is perfect.

“That’s why I can never put them people down as normal people. They can’t be, can they? They’re freaks of nature and amazing.”

Meanwhile, Tom Ogden has discussed the pressures of replicating the success of their Number One debut record.

“There were points where I felt pressure, but in a productive way,” he explained. “There was a time when we were in Barcelona, and there was a piano in the dressing room. I felt like it was staring me out like, ‘Come on, you need to write a tune.’”

He added that the band don’t feel like they’ve “made it”, despite what they achieved first time around.

Blossoms UK tour and tickets

The band will be launching their new album with a string of UK tour dates. Check them out below, and tickets are available here.

4 May – Stockport Plaza 
7 May – Leeds O2 Academy
8 May – Newcastle O2 Academy
10 May – London O2 Kentish Town Forum
11 May – Manchester O2 Apollo
12 May – Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA


NME 
described Blossoms’ first record as a “heroic blend of radio-friendly guitar pop and bristling disco”.