Gomez

Gomez

Indie Alternative Rock Indie Rock British
There are two bands under the same name:
1) A British indie rock band
2) An American emo band active in the early 90's 1) Gomez are an English indie rock band. Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. The genesis of Gomez was the meeting of four friends from Southport. Guitarist and vocalist Ian Ball and drummer Olly Peacock had previously played together in a local heavy metal band called Severed. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Bring It On
    Bring It On
  • How We Operate
    How We Operate
  • Liquid Skin
    Liquid Skin
  • A New Tide
    A New Tide
  • Whatever's On Your Mind
    Whatever's On Your Mind
  • In Our Gun
    In Our Gun
  • Split The Difference
    Split The Difference
  • Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline
    Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline
  • Bring it On - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition
    Bring it On - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  • Machismo
    Machismo
  • Out West
    Out West
  • Five Men In A Hut (A's, B's and Rarities: 1998 - 2004)
    Five Men In A Hut (A's, B's and Rarities: 1998 - 2004)
  • Options
    Options
  • 5 Album Set (Bring It On/Liquid Skin/In Our Gun/Split the Difference/Five Men in a Hut)
    5 Album Set (Bring It On/Liquid Skin/In Our Gun/Split the Difference/Five Men in a Hut)
  • Sound Of Sounds/Ping One Down
    Sound Of Sounds/Ping One Down
  • Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2006: Gomez
    Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2006: Gomez
  • We Haven't Turned Around
    We Haven't Turned Around
  • Sweet Virginia
    Sweet Virginia
  • Shot Shot
    Shot Shot
  • Out West: Live
    Out West: Live
  • Catch Me Up
    Catch Me Up
  • Silence
    Silence
  • Out West (Disc 2)
    Out West (Disc 2)
  • See The World
    See The World
  • Girlshapedlovedrug
    Girlshapedlovedrug
  • Out West - Live At The Fillmore
    Out West - Live At The Fillmore
  • Live
    Live
  • Get Myself Arrested
    Get Myself Arrested
  • Whippin' Piccadilly
    Whippin' Piccadilly
  • Rhythm & Blues Alibi
    Rhythm & Blues Alibi
  • 78 Stone Wobble
    78 Stone Wobble
  • Out West: Live at the Fillmore (disc 1)
    Out West: Live at the Fillmore (disc 1)
  • Tabula Rasa EP
    Tabula Rasa EP
  • Out West: Live at the Fillmore (disc 2)
    Out West: Live at the Fillmore (disc 2)
  • Detroit Swing 66 / Ping One Down EP
    Detroit Swing 66 / Ping One Down EP
  • We Haven't Turned Around
    We Haven't Turned Around
  • Silence Pt2
    Silence Pt2
  • Sound of Sounds / Ping One Down
    Sound of Sounds / Ping One Down
  • In Our Gun (bonus disc)
    In Our Gun (bonus disc)
  • [non-album tracks]
    [non-album tracks]

Gomez. Artist Bio

There are two bands under the same name:
1) A British indie rock band
2) An American emo band active in the early 90's

1) Gomez are an English indie rock band. Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. The genesis of Gomez was the meeting of four friends from Southport. Guitarist and vocalist Ian Ball and drummer Olly Peacock had previously played together in a local heavy metal band called Severed. They joined with guitarist / vocalist / keyboardist Tom Gray and bassist Paul Blackburn. Ian Ball met vocalist / guitarist Ben Ottewell (from Matlock Bath in Derbyshire) at Sheffield University, where they were both studying.

The band played their first gig together in late 1996 in Leeds without a formal name. The band left a sign out for a friend of theirs whose surname was Gomez to indicate that it was the site of their first gig. People saw the sign and assumed that the band's name was Gomez - the name stuck.

The band started recording four-track demos in a garage in Southport soon after. A bidding war erupted when they sent the demos to recording labels, with the band finally signing with Virgin Records' subsidiary, Hut, in 1997.

Gomez's career trajectory has led to the band's name taking on a new meaning. Also known as "Mercury Poisoning", To "do a Gomez" now means to release a debut album so successful and to such unanimous praise that expectations are raised to the point where it is impossible to follow it. This is in reference to the fact that whilst Bring It On is still regarded as one of the best British albums of the late nineties, its follow-ups have met a mixed critical reception and disappointing sales. Despite this their second album was quite popular and allowed them to go on a world tour. They sold out a number of venues though never became a stadium band like Oasis. They still produce music and have a loyal following amongst fans of the best of late 90's rock.

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