In 2017, Pip Blom released three tracks written as a full band: the jangling fuzz of 'School', Courtney Barnett-esque 'Babies Are A Lie' and 'I Think I'm In Love' – a ramshackle spiral of needling guitar lines and rattling hooks, set for re-release on XXX. Earning the band fans in Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Mark Riley (who asked them in to record two 6Music sessions during the year), alongside mentions in NME, DIY, The Line of Best Fit and more, it showed that Pip's inklings towards what the music could turn into were correct.
A Dutch tour with Amsterdam peers Canshaker Pi, meanwhile, gave the trio a necessary kick into gear on stage. “At first when we started we were terrified and we hardly moved on stage. Buttouring with Canshaker Pi helped us so much,” enthuses Pip. “They were so energetic, it was insane. We wanted to be like them. In the end, I think that's had a lot of influence on the songs that I write at the moment too. I want our songs to be vibrant and energetic. I want them to reflect what we are trying to be live.”
Now, heading into 2018, Pip Blom are ready to put all these formative steps into action. Already confirmed for a string of dates supporting Franz Ferdinand in Holland, and with a Radio 1 session with Huw coming imminently, the building blocks are already combining to form something with real crossover potential. “I just like the thrill of doing something new,” shrugs Pip. “We’ve still got a long way to go, but hey: you should always dream big.”