NEWS: Gomez

21 04 2011

‘New Album + UK Tour’ 

Deep in the woods of Virginia, Gomez have created the newest album of their 15 year career.  The members reside across two continents (in Los Angeles, Brooklyn in the U.S and Brighton in the UK) and after several months of sharing ideas through every facet of technology available to them, they came together with their long-time friend, Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet), to create their first self-produced offering since 2001’s ‘In Our Gun’. Their seventh studio album, ‘Whatever’s On Your Mind’, will be released on Eat Sleep Records on June 6th, 2011. 

Serving as the follow-up to their 2009 release, ‘A New Tide’, their forthcoming album sees the band pushing their sound. The other musicians on the record include Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun, Sleepy Jackson) and Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine).  Whereas in the past you might have felt that the fact that Gomez’ (Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul “Blackie” Blackburn, Ian Ball and Olly Peacock) shared songwriting duties forced a blending of ideas, their music now sounds proprietarily. “Sometimes we might have been a little trapped by our own muso-ness” says Tom Gray, “but this album is liberating. It doesn’t feel at all stuffy and it’s a real joy.” 

The album’s lead single, ‘Options’ (on-sale now at iTunes and Amazon) is a strummy, horn-laden opening track. ‘Song In My Heart’ infuses electronic sounds with sticking drum beats and harmonies while ‘Equalize’ rounds out the band’s collection with an intricate tune complete with afro-beat drums. 

June dates:

9th  – Bournemouth Academy

10th – Bristol Academy

11th – Leeds Met Uni

12th – Scotland Eden Festival

14th – Academy 2 Manchester

15th – The Junction Cambridge

16th – Newcastle Academy

18th – Belfast Spring and Airbrake

19th – Dublin Olympia

20th – Birmingham HMV Institute/Library

21st – The Roundhouse London

Edited by Joe Crouch
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