Sunday sessions… All eyes and ears will be on the Etihad Stadium this afternoon as the Premier League’s two best players lock their horns.
Champions City host second-placed Liverpool in a crucial clash in the title race and as we get closer to kick-off the anticipation and excitement are building and the atmosphere is sure to be electric.
Before the match, we met an independent group Flowers, who unveiled their brand new single The sulky poet from their upcoming new album Ribbon around the bomb – release on April 29, 2022.
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We asked City fan Tom Ogden about the album and his live plans, the influence of his collaborator James Skelly and his thoughts on City v Liverpool, plus his top five flowers tunes and a suggested playlist for the big game!
Tell us about the new album. What can we expect sound-wise?
As it was our 4th album, we knew we wanted to do something different. We used real strings throughout the album which added a real cinematic feel to the whole thing.
Artists such as Simon and Garfunkel and Dire Straits heavily influenced the sound of certain tracks.
There’s a central character throughout “The Writer,” who dives into the emotions of achieving so much at such a young age and reflecting on my life thus far.
James Skelly produced the record. What does it bring you when you leave?
James has been involved with us since before the first album. He’s been my songwriting mentor for a long time now, and we talk about songs and music every week.
As I’m the only songwriter in the band, it’s nice to have someone like James to talk to about songs and for advice. He grew up with the band and has a good idea of where we are as a band.
Speaking of James, I recently went to see The Coral’s 20th anniversary tour. Why do you think their debut album has stood the test of time?
It was so different from anything that came out at that time. They had such a great personal identity, eccentric but also identifiable. It also helps to have one of the greatest pop songs of the last 30 years in “Dreaming Of You”.
What are your live projects?
We do intimate gigs around our album launch at the end of April, then it’s festival season and we support The Killers in the UK. Then leaving for 2 gigs in America, LA and NYC in August, then we plan to tour properly in the UK at the end of the year.
The containment sessions you did were fantastic. How were they born and what was your favorite?
Well, we were on tour when the lockdown hit, so we were in a creative space again after being on tour, and we’re the kind of band that doesn’t stand still.
I think my wife Katie showed me on the news the Backstreet Boys doing something similar and I thought we could do it. I edited together the video footage that we all took on our iPhones, and then Myles edited the sound together from the same videos.
My favorite was probably Frank Ocean’s Lost.
Who is the most talented musician you have collaborated with?
Josh’s dad, Robin Dewhurst, is an amazing musician and pianist, so I have to say that’s him.
Sunday is a huge game for City. How do you see that playing out?
I mean, I think nowadays we can beat any team in the world, so I think we will. However, the inner pessimist never seems to leave me completely, so you can never be sure.
What do you like most about Pep Guardiola’s style of play?
I like his patience and rigor. When you watch him watch the team play, he knows exactly what everyone should be doing, and he gets frustrated when they don’t. It’s pure passion.
Which City player is the most rock’n’roll?
I should go with Jack Grealish on this current team. He has a small advantage over him. You can see he likes to get attention and piss off other players!
Can you give me your top five Blossoms songs so far in order?
Ah, that’s such a difficult question, but today my hunch is:
There’s a reason why
my swimming brain
Ode to New York
Choice of playlist….
The Riverboat Song – Ocean Color Scene
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
She’s Electric – Oasis
Ask – The Smiths
At most one kiss – Flowers
Miss Me Now – Brooke Combe
Go – Chemical Brothers
Call Me – Blondie
Crunch Rosie – Neil Diamond
What A Life – Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher
Listen to the playlist via Spotify below…
City host Liverpool at 4.30pm (UK) on Sunday April 10 and we’ll have full coverage here on mancity.com and the official app.
Live updates begin in our Matchday Center two hours before kick-off, while our Matchday Live broadcast, featuring guests Shaun Goater and David James, begins one hour before we depart at the Etihad Stadium.
During the match you can listen to live audio commentary from Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison, while a match report and post-match reaction from the players and Pep Guardiola will be available shortly after the final whistle .
You can watch the highlights for free from 8:15 p.m. on Sundays and CITY+ subscribers can also enjoy a full match replay from midnight after the match.