When one of my favourite bands breaks up, there’s an urgency to get any albums from their discography I don’t yet own, see any last shows… it’s like becoming a fan all over again. But goodbyes are never easy, and when a band announces they are breaking up, it’s never really a good day. This happened a couple weeks ago when I received an invite to the Great Bloomers‘ last show. I genuinely love every song this band has ever released. I have some great memories of nights with friends at venues like the Horseshoe and Dakota Tavern, beer in hand, feeling the energy and passion behind the music and singer Lowell Sostomi’s voice. If you’re young and live in Toronto, there’s something magical about their songs like “The Young Ones Slept.” It’s reminiscent of drinking with friends in the park, singing along to your favourite band in a tiny venue… losing yourself in the city’s beauty. The music, the songwriting, and the overall good times – Toronto will miss the Great Bloomers.
If you have them on Facebook, you would’ve seen their breakup statement and it seems that the decision wasn’t made out of negativity, but the drive to pursue individual musical paths. Members of this band have all been extremely talented so it’s exciting to see them shedding their skin and breaking out into new things. Singer and guitarist Tim Moxam has been signed to Nevado Records and will be having a Release Party at the Drake on October 16th for his debut EP, Blue Son, which will be released on the 29th. On November 16th, I’ll be at the Horseshoe Tavern hearing some of my favourite songs being performed for the last time by the original 2007 to 2009 lineup, then to close the night off, Great Bloomers, who we’ve grown to love the past few years, will grace the stage. Don’t wait to buy your tickets at the door on the night of, as I’m sure it will sell out. Advance tickets are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and the Horseshoe Tavern.