Toronto’s Great Bloomers have stormed onto the Canadian rock music scene as fast as another favourite band here at Canadian Content Machine, Yukon Blonde, and have made a big statement with their debut album, 2012’s Distant Fires.
Distant Fires has 11 beautifully crafted tracks. During the many listens since first getting our hands on this album, the songs “Something More”, “I Wanna Die Young”, and “Palisades” really stand out and offer a great view into what the Bloomers have been doing for the past 5 years together.
Lead singer and guitarist Lowell Sostomi shows more of his incredible lyric-writing chops on this album also, but really this is just more of the same for Lowell.
“Something More” is a song heavy in guitar, equally as powerful lyrics, and thumping bass guitar and drums. The song sounds even better when it was played during their album release party at the Dakota Tavern back in September. The Bloomers’ live shows always have a consistent bopping along and dancing from the crowd, definitely an amazing live show atmosphere.
The album thickens with tracks like “I Wanna Die Young”, the album’s single, “Any New Lover’s Prey”, “Palisades”, and “Slowly In Your Gaze”. Most of Sostomi’s lyrics I find are about the theme of love and relationships with people. Like the previous Bloomers album, Speak Of Trouble, Distant Fires continues to display Great Bloomers’ incredible songwriting talent and lyrical meaning.
It’s refreshing to hear bands that come out of a big city like Toronto to have such a deep rooted sound in rock, blues, and country like the Bloomers have.
I have a feeling they will be following in the footsteps of other top Canadian indie-rock bands right now such as Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta!, and The Sheepdogs (who may have had a little help from that Rolling Stone contest, but they started as an indie band).
Great Bloomers have been touring around North America steadily since the album was released in September, and will be making an appearance at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on November 30th, and you can bet Canadian Content Machine will be there with beers in hand ready for a kickass show.
Canadian Content Machine’s picks for top tracks: “I Wanna Die Young”, “Nighttime”, “Slowly In Your Gaze”.
Canadian Tour (almost all Canadian dates w/ Wool on Wolves):
Nov 23 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Nov 24 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
Nov 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Le Garage
Nov 28 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Loplops Gallery s
Nov 29 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse Tavern
Nov 30 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
Dec 5 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
Dec 6 – Guelph, ON – The E-Bar
Dec 7 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion
Dec 8 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Dec 9 – Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn
Dec 11 – St. Catharine’s, ON – Mansion House
Dec 12 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
Dec 13 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
Dec 14 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s
Check out Great Bloomers!