By Desh Kapur
A sold-out O2 Academy in Liverpool was to be the venue for tonight’s celebration of Gomez’s debut mercury prize-winning album "BRING IT ON”, an album that still holds pride of place in many record collections and still stands up today as a masterpiece, as much as it did 20 years ago when it was released....Bring It On indeed!!!!
Once the lights go dark and the music begins, on strides the alternative indie rock band from Southport, Merseyside. Playing the album in pretty much its original track order, we are launched straight into “Miles Away” and we are off! Memories of hearing this album for the very first time race to the surface and I reminisce on the very moment I first heard this song; smoking with friends in a house we shared.
Its unique mix of trippy drum machines and indie stoner rock, almost folksy in parts and the amazing deep gravelly "blues-soaked" voice of 20 year old Ben Ottwell, sits so comfortably next to the Indie rock voice of Ian Ball. Genres of Psych Rock, Blues, Indie pop and Electronica are all crammed in and although you would initially think that it wouldn’t work, it does!
It’s hard to pick a favourite track, but songs such as “Whippin Piccadilly” and “Get Myself Arrested” garners the biggest crowd participation, with the crowd singing verbatim with such love and enthusiasm.
As the band finishes the night with some other tracks from the album such as “Shot Shot”, “We Haven’t Turned Around” and “Revolutionary Kind” , it is clear that the crowd have enjoyed their trip down memory lane. The turbo version of “Whippin Piccadilly” is the selected song to bring everything to a close and this brings the house down!!
A night of memories, nostalgia and the reminder of what a great band Gomez are, how good “Bring It On” is and how amazing that summer was 20 years ago!!!
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Gomez – Get Myself Arrested