Formed 1996.

UK indie rock band

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Gomez - Interview with Lauren Laverne

Lauren is joined by Southport based indie rock band Gomez for a live session in the 6 Music studios.

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Gomez are an English indie rock band from Southport, comprising Ian Ball (vocals, guitar), Paul "Blackie" Blackburn (bass), Tom Gray (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitars) and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers). The band is distinguished in having three singers and four songwriters, employing traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound is versatile and evades typical music genres falling into blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental.

Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1999, giving them much media attention in the UK and throughout the world. Later awards came from the NME and Q Magazine along with a Brit Awards nomination.

Gomez began their career on Hut records (Virgin) signing in 1997. Just before their third album release In Our Gun Hut records was forced to downsize and on the following record, Split the Difference, Hut records was disbanded by Virgin/EMI Records. The band were so dismayed by the music industry and shocked by huge setbacks they kept experiencing, that they decided to go it alone and asked Virgin Records to let them go in 2004. The following year American label ATO signed the group, releasing their first live album Out West and their most successful record stateside How We Operate and A New Tide.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Whatever's on Your Mind

    Whatever's on Your Mind 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Haydock
    A disappointing return from the former Mercury champions
  2. Review of A New Tide

    A New Tide 2009

    Reviewed by Al Spicer
    Surfing confidently back into our consciousness on a new tide.
  3. Review of Split The Difference

    Split The Difference 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    'Sweet Virginia' demonstrates how the band have gone back to the basics of how to...
  4. Review of In Our Gun

    In Our Gun

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Things get cracking with the single 'Shot Shot', a rumbling two chord knockabout that...
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