The sellout crowd went wild as the first bars of Get Wild began to play. It was evident from these first bluesy notes that we were in for a truly magical night.
I personally couldn’t help feeling a tad excited when Gomez launched the “Bring It On” tour. The Southport 5 piece were known for stunning riffs, melodic harmonies and hard hitting lyrics. The album delivered fun bangers such as Whippin’ Piccadilly and broke the heart with Make No Sound it was the full package.
However I had reservations. How would the band sound now after 20 years? Would the tunes sound old and amateur? A little past their sell by date?
I however could not have been more wrong. As the songs were worked through it was evident that this band still ‘have it.’ The tunes sounded fresh and as relevant as they ever did. Suppose it was mad to even question a band who’s album beat iconic albums such as Massive Attack‘s Mezzanine and The Verve‘s Urban Hymns to win the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year 1998.
The beautiful raspy voice of Ottewell complemented Tom Gray‘s beautifully in an almost a cappella style. It also seemed that every person in the crown knew the lyrics and were a member of a choir such was the melodic sound they created, the band often stopping to let the crowd take over and complete the songs. It was truly mystical, creating a feeling of an intimate gig despite the venue being packed to its rafters.
Favourites included Get Myself Arrested which saw the crowd and band go wild: no gimmicks, no mad lighting or wild costumes were needed. Just the very humble Gomez delivering a perfect set. The crowd and artist becoming one to raise the roof of the Nottingham venue.
Finishing Bring It On in full the crowd were treated to fan favoured tracks off of their 1999 album Liquid Skin, Hangover and the beautiful We Haven’t Turned Around. So powerful in delivery it left you feeling emotional wrought.
“Have you missed us?” shouts Paul Blackburn. Answer? Yes Gomez I think we truly did. Please don’t leave it another twenty years.