14th October | Thekla
2019 has already been a fantastic year for 23-year-old Amsterdam singer, Pip Blom and her namesake band. They dropped their excellent debut album Boats back in May, and opened the John Peel stage at Glastonbury shortly afterwards with an impressive and accomplished set, which no doubt won them over even more fans. And this month sees them making a very welcome return to Bristol with a headline show at Thekla.
Pip and her brother Tender, the band’s guitarist, cite the wealth of music they were exposed to as children as playing an important role in their path to creating the band, having grown up with parents working as music journalists (their father also played in Dutch 80s post-punk band Eton Crop). Naming Blur and Arctic Monkeys amongst their influences, and having played with fellow up-and-coming bands like Sports Team, there is a distinctive flavour of upbeat British indie in the Dutch quartet’s output. I dare you to listen to their infectiously upbeat track, ‘Daddy Issues’ and not have a huge grin on your face.
Having been championed by 6Music, NME and Dork, to name but a few, and had such a positive reaction to their debut LP, Pip Blom have certainly made a big splash. The UK indie scene looks to be theirs for the taking.
See the video for ‘Daddy Issues’ here: