Great Bloomers: 'Catching Up'

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The Great Bloomers is a rootsy, rock quintet based out of Toronto, Canada who, earlier this year, released a self-titled, debut EP. Today's featured song, "Catching Up," opens up the EP and begins with gorgeous vocals layered on top of soothing piano, guitar and the rattling of a tambourine. Eventually, it transforms itself into an upbeat tune that delivers the warmth of summer, no matter what season it actually is. It's also a song that showcases a healthy admiration for the Beach Boys, who happen to be one of the Great Bloomers' biggest influences. "The Beach Boys are important to us," says Great Bloomers singer-songwriter Lowell Sostomi. "We love them and pay homage to them whenever possible."

Written primarily by Sostomi, and recorded in his basement with the help of bandmate Andrew Kekewich, the song is an especially meaningful one for the Great Bloomers. "'It was the first song that was written for the band, and the basis of our sound," Sostomi says.

But the Beach Boys aren't the Great Bloomers' only muse, and the band successfully tackles other styles on its EP, like the country-tinged "Black Rising Fire," with a segment that includes Spaghetti Western whistling. "We just love music, and we go about creating it honestly," says Sostomi. Hopefully, that earnest approach will continue to charm listeners next spring when the band releases its full-length album, Speak of Trouble.

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