Omaho trio Icky Blossoms see the UK release of their self-titled debut album through Saddle Creek Records on 3 June. The album was produced by TV on the Radio’s David Sitek. This along with a pedigree from the likes of Tilly and the Wall proves this is a band worth paying attention to.
The Washington Post described Icky Blossoms as “…a Human League for a new generation, with a little more beat and a lot more nasty” and one listen to new track Heat Lightning will satisfy this comparison.
Icky Blossoms formed in the blizzard of 2011 through friendship, trials and a mutual desire to make art and new music. It was a brainchild born from the boredom of sitting still. Guitarist and vocalist Derek Pressnall met Icky Blossoms vocalist Sarah Bohling and lead guitarist Nik Fackler in the vibrant Omaha art scene and invited them to play in his band Flowers Forever. Enchanted by endless nights in clubs and inspired with a desire to program dance music with instantaneous grooves and depth, Pressnall (an acclaimed visual artist) and Fackler (a spirit- award nominated filmmaker) combined with Bohling’s mesmerizing voice to form Icky Blossoms.
Icky Blossoms combine bass-heavy electronic grooves, pop structure and a rock & roll swagger to pioneer a sound on the audio vanguard: music that is simultaneously avant garde, catchy and danceable. Their music spans from the anthemic to the introverted. Each band member arrives at the group from distinct musical backgrounds and collectively cite varied influences including contemporary pop, electronic, hip hop, experimental, no wave and world music. When Derek, Sarah and Nik each input their particular inspirations they create a final product that is not only wholly unexpected but greater than the sum of its parts.
With a strong emphasis on DIY, the trio plans to integrate all their artistic abilities into the band, able then to better connect with those who choose to follow their creations or attend their live shows. Imbued with a celebratory atmosphere, their concerts have grown to be conduits for personal expression and individual creativity for everyone in the room.