‘Song You Need To Know: Pip Blom, ‘Come Home‘ Rolling Stone
“…a perfect millennial anthem.” NPR
“A potent set of lo-fi, ’90s-influenced rock with angst-fueled lyrics and addictive song hooks.” KEXP
“Pip is producing quality, unique and enigmatic music way beyond her years.” BBC Radio 6 Music
“Pip Blom Is Ready to Join the Ranks of 2018’s Rising Guitar Acts” Noisey
“‘Amsterdam newcomers Pip Blom – are one of the country’s frontrunners, their Courtney Barnett-esque slacker-garage rock hybrid noisy in the best way.’” DIY MAG
“Flickering intensity.” Stereogum
“Another stellar single from the young musician who continues to grow as an artist.” Indie Shuffle
“Its lead single, ‘Pussycat,’ boasts a bothered tone and fiery guitars. On ‘Come Home,’ that intensity is laser-focused in frontwoman Pip Blom’s steady, creeping vocals.” Stereogum
Pip Blom today shares the new video for current single ‘Daddy Issues‘ ahead of the their debut US shows at SXSW this month, watch it HERE.
Directed by Edward Zorab, the video is a love letter to classic cinema and acts as a cautionary tale of modern romance. Front-woman Pip Blom says of the video, “Our culture makes it too easy to fall in love with things which aren’t real, and if you’re not careful you can end up in a sort of Groundhog Day cycle of self-induced disappointment. I think the surreal narrative of the video encapsulates that in quite a self aware way.”
‘Daddy Issues‘ appears on Pip Blom’s debut album Boat, which is out via Heavenly Recordings (Hatchie, Confidence Man, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard) on May 31 and is available for pre-order NOW.
MORE ON BOAT
Signing to Heavenly Recordings was the fulfilment of one of the things Pip Blom dreamed of since first picking up a guitar and the culmination of a storming 2018 that propelled Pip Blom as one of the year’s most exciting rising guitar bands.
Growing up intensely shy, it was an uncharacteristic plunge into the limelight during her teens that first kicked off Pip Blom’s musical passage: in the form of answering an advertisement for a songwriting competition.
Pip earnestly set about writing songs on a Loog guitar, a two-stringed children’s line of the instrument that aids learning, cultivating a 20-minute set and performing for the first time in front of an audience – eventually reaching the semi-finals of said competition. As you have gathered, the story didn’t end there and failing to win was anything but a deterrent.
Neither was struggling to find band members post-competition. Pip simply ploughed on as she always has, finding a way to make things work with the resources around her. Programming drums on a computer and writing and recording both bass and guitar parts, Pip decided to start self-releasing songs on the internet and it didn’t take long for people to start taking notice.
Today, that same plucky, head-on attitude characterises everything she does and it’s an absolute joy to behold – whether that’s witnessing her band’s powerfully impressive live show or listening to her honest, heart-on-sleeve approach to writing songs on record.
And Boat is emblematic of that – an open book of Pip Blom, delivered via her undeniable knack for writing a hook-laden, 3-4 minute song; planting it in your head and making it stay there looping days after first hearing it.
There’s the kinetic combination of guitars from herself and brother Tender Blom, the effortlessly captivating vocal range which can be authoritative and intent like in the driving album opener ‘Daddy Issues’, or soothing and warm as heard in melodic middle track ‘Bedhead’. Then there are the choruses that seem to stop songs in their tracks and lift them into a different stratosphere.
The album’s earworm quality is something that has been connecting across the waters from her home country of the Netherlands, aside from the aforementioned 6 Music playlists, landing an impressive amount of spins across US college radio and a spot on the coveted triple j playlist in Australia.
Listening through, it’s not hard to understand why. The album is wrapped up in a certain energy that, while evident the band put everything into recording it, would indicate they had a blast doing so – its infectious and, most importantly, wholeheartedly believable.
Dave McCracken bottled up that energy while overseeing the recording at Big Jelly studios in Margate, with the album then mixed by Dillip Harris in a shipping container on the banks of the Thames in East London. Its result is ten songs that, alluding to the album’s title, ferry you through Pip’s headspace via expertly crafted songs gelled together through their unassuming depth.
CATCH PIP BLOM AT SXSW
3/13: Planetary Group Showcase – Friends Bar – 12am
3/14: Lazarus – Lazarus Brewing Company – 6pm
3/14: Good Karma Club – Swan Dive – 12am
3/16: Burgermania – Hotel Vegas – 4:30pm
‘Daddy Issues‘ appears on Pip Blom’s debut album and is available to buy/stream now.