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Dutch dream-poppers Pip Blom just love the UK. If you need proof, look no further than the title of the four-piece’s second album, Welcome Break, an ode to rest stops up and down the country that became oh-so familiar to the chronic tourers. If the title wasn’t enough, just know that Pip Blom did the whole two week quarantine thing at the height of the pandemic in their quest to return to their beloved Big Jelly Studios to record their sophomore effort in a country that so often returns their affections. Five weeks in total later, and the band had successfully completed their mission.

Feel-good anthem Keep It Together leads the charge, exploring the rockier side of indie pop. Its message goes beyond simple self care, as it recognises the importance of, and encourages, human connection. Meanwhile, You Don’t Want This is a procrastinator’s wake-up call and the antidote to post-lockdown fatigue.

What’s left but to bring their hard work to fruition with a string of live shows up and down the country, dropping in to Newcastle’s Cluny on Tuesday 8th February where they’ll be paying tribute to the gas stations and service stops that gave the record its name. If the seemingly endless drudgery of pandemic life has you at your wits’ end, then Pip Blom can prescribe a much-needed welcome break from this depressing abyss.

Pip Blom play The Cluny, Newcastle on Tuesday 8th February.


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