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Gomez: Caught live at Hammersmith Apollo


Review by Liam Kapota

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

SINCE Bring It On, the single released in 1999, I hadn’t heard much from Gomez. It wasn’t that they weren’t producing any new material, but more down to the fact that it hadn’t really gone mainstream. That was until I heard the newly released See The World off their new album.

How We Operate is the fifth studio album from the British quintet, who celebrated the tenth anniversary of their first gig this October. The band, along with unofficial member Dajon Everett, played to a packed house at The Hammersmith Apollo (on Thursday 23rd November) and they certainly showed us exactly how they operate.

They were loud, they were lively and they seemed to love every minute of the 90 they played.

The talented artists, who all play at least two instruments, treated fans to most of the new album, as well as many tracks from early albums, in particular, the ever-so popular Liquid Skin, which the band released in 1999.

Favourites such as Silence and Blue Moon Rising were welcomed with cheers, swinging hands and some failed attempts to sing along, as was one of the more recent single, Girlshapedlovedrug.

As the band’s catchy song Notice came to an end, one heckler demanded another song and Tom cheekily replied: “Patience, patience my friend!!”

And patience duly paid off as the band brought out some of their best songs from this point onwards.

Fans were treated to an extended version of the current album’s title track How We Operate and even saw Tom Gray perform an entertaining and comical dance around the stage.

Further highlights included See The World, Charley Patton Songs, We Haven’t Turned Around and Fill My Cup.

As you may have gathered, the evening’s emphasis was on the band’s new album and promoting what may just be their best and most complete work yet.

Every song was energetic, enthusiastic and emphatic and somehow the whole crowd seemed to be taken away from the stress and hassle of rush hour London and taken into a new world; the Gomez world.

As this came to an end, the crowd clapped, cheered, stamped and whistled for the boys to return – and so they did.

Ian Ball, armoured with a bottle of Becks and a cigarette (how typically ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll) took to the piano for Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol, which created the most memorable moment of a fantastic night.

The band finished what an amazing set with what I think is their best EVER song, Whipping Piccadilly – and judging by the noise around me, I would say most fans agreed.

If, like me, you had ‘kind of’ heard of Gomez, I suggest you get to know them further. The melodies, the voices and the sounds all create one heck of a band – a band that I hope will still be making great music for another 10 years!

Read our five-star review of How We Operate