Gomez are an experimental rock band from Southport, Merseyside on the River Mersey.
The band comprised of three guitarists/vocalists, Ian Ball, Tom Gray and Ben Ottwell with the rhythm section Paul Blackburne (bass) and Olly Peacock (drums). Olly Peacock also did all synth and computer work on the bands recordings.
In 1996 the band played their first gig (although at that time they did not have a name) at the Hyde Park Social in Leeds.
Parr Street Studios Liverpool
Now called Gomez, the band recorded demos at home in Southport and distributed their promotional material to record companies.
Eventually they signed to Hut/Virgin in late 1997. “Bring It On” was the first album which they recorded at Parr Street Studios Liverpool.
Here is a track from the bands first album “Bring It On”, called “Whippin Piccadilly”.
The band played some important gigs in 1998 as part of the album promotion including Glastonbury and the gigs paid off. The album went platinum and received the Mercury Music Award in September 1998.
This was followed by other awards and the band began to receive worldwide attention.
The second album ‘Liquid Skin’ hit the UK number 1 spot due to excellent promotion and live gigs and the third album ‘In Our Gun’ reached the top ten.
The band have established themselves as truly international artistes and have now made inroads into the USA.
Virgin Records let them go at their request and signed to ATO an American company in 2005 and released ‘Outwest’ (live album) and ‘How We Operate ‘ which was acclaimed in the USA.
Later followed ‘A New Tide’ which was something of a return to their early musical development.
The band are now working between the USA and the UK as Olly Peacock lives in New York and Ian Ball on the West Coast in LA and the rest of the lads in Brighton. But the lineup has never changed throughout their very successful career.
Besides their recording success they have toured, performing at many major events. They have had their music used in TV ads and programs plus usage in Films. And we look forward to hearing any new material they may be working on now.