Blush Club is the latest addition to a new group of exciting post-punk outfits twisting, turning, and redirecting the genre to lands previously unexplored. The Glasgow five-piece is fusing pop sensibility with post-punk demeanor, sardonic lyricism, and ear-catching hooks. The latest release Ornamental Ponds sees the band meet this description perfectly.

I caught up with Blush Club to get the low-down.

Who’s in Blush Club? Introduce us!

We are Hamish Swanson (vocals), Conor Heafey (guitar), Phil Smith (guitar), Craig Carrington-Porter (bass), and Cameron Gibb (drums).

How did you all initially meet, and when did you decide to start Blush Club?

The first time we met, and also the same night we decided to start a new project together, was back in 2019 when Hamish, Phil, Cameron, and Conor’s previous projects shared a bill at Glasgow’s King Tuts. After being charmed by Hamish’s onstage presence, Cameron and Conor envisioned a new project with Hamish at the forefront. It didn’t take them long to set this up with the first rehearsal being organised by the end of the night. The final lineup was completed shortly after when Phil and Craig were invited to join the fold.

How did you find your sound, was it something you knew you wanted to go for from the start, or something you came upon later?
Starting out we knew that we wanted to make music that was more in your face than our previous endeavors but still accessible and pop-driven. It started to come together and develop as we got to know each other musically and personally after spending many hours in the rehearsal space. As time has gone on, it feels like we are maturing into a sound that blends quirky indie rock and post punk but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Tell us about your influences, musical or otherwise.

Musically speaking we love Dry Cleaning, Life Without Buildings, Talking Heads, Parquet Courts, Omni, Oh Sees… the list could go on and on. Mostly left field guitar music with great lyrics.

What are you guys working on at the moment?

We’re busy getting ready to release our upcoming EP, Ornamental Ponds, that we recorded in early 2022 and is due to be released on the 16th of September this year! It’s super exciting to be releasing these songs (and maybe even a new video). We released our first single from the EP, which shares the same name as the title of the EP, Ornamental Ponds, on the 1st of July. We have one other single, Spices, due to be released on the 12th of August. And if you want to come see us live, we have a hometown headline show at Broadcast on 19th August. We’ll be sharing the bill with pals TEOSE and Oh Romance, set to be a fun night!

What is your writing process like, and what helps you get inspired?

The bulk of our writing process happens in the rehearsal room together. Often one member will have a musical idea, a riff or a chord sequence, and we’ll expand on the idea together. Each of us will work out our individual parts on the spot as we collectively discuss the overall structure and feel of the song. Sometimes a song will come together within one rehearsal and other times it will take a few sessions to nail down our thoughts, but we’ll always complete the songs that we are enjoying and feel have potential.

Blush Club’s EP ‘Ornamental Ponds’ is out on the 16th of September.

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Drew Manning

Drew Manning is the Owner and Lead Editor of Alibi London.