British quintet Blossoms is unapologetically ambitious. Rather than quietly release 2014 debut single “Blow,” the band announced it with an ardent, online manifesto. “We want to be heard by everyone,” it read, in part. “We want to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as the Smiths, and as uplifting as Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.” The band has just issued its self-titled debut. Blossoms will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.
Charlie Salt: I’ll keep it short and sweet. Language and vocabulary have always been a mild obsession of mine from an early age, and it was always a strong area for me at school. My dad is a really intelligent guy, but I distinctively recall him saying years ago, “I don’t like reading; it makes me out of breath,” which I thought was hilarious. I somehow believe that this ridiculous statement subconsciously ignited my love for reading. An abstract love/hate relationship with a female English teacher in high school spurred on my literary infatuation, and I was soon gripped on all the classics, namely being The Catcher In The Rye. Without sounding too Mark Chapman, I suppose I saw a lot of similarities in me and Holden Caulfield, which made it much more easier to retain. I try and read whenever I can. Plane, train and bus journeys are always my studies. I tend to flick between fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cookery books, language guides and just about anything I can lock my eyes onto. Cleaning product bottles are great for when there’s nothing else available on the throne. Currently in my suitcase are:
A Pocket Guide To Mindfulness (In 10 Steps) by Deidre Megan
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Pimp My Rice by Nisha Katona
Wherever in the world you may find yourself, be sure to take a good book and a camera. “Preserve your memories/They’re all that’s left here” —Paul Simon “Bookends/Old Friends.”