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Gomez (band)

Gomez are an English indie rock band from Southport, comprising Ian Ball (vocals, guitar), Paul "Blackie" Blackburn (bass), Tom Gray (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitars) and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers). The band has three singers and four songwriters, employing traditional and electronic instruments. Their music covers the genres blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental.

Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Later awards came from the NME and Q Magazine along with a Brit Awards nomination.

Gomez began their career on Hut records (Virgin), signing in 1997. Just before their third album release In Our Gun Hut records was forced to downsize and on the following record, Split the Difference, Hut records was disbanded by Virgin/EMI Records. The band were so dismayed by the music industry that they decided to go it alone and asked Virgin Records to let them go in 2004. The following year American label ATO signed the group, releasing their first live album Out West and their most successful record stateside How We Operate and A New Tide.

The band members are split between the UK and US with Ian Ball residing in Los Angeles, Olly Peacock in Brooklyn, New York, and Paul Blackburn, Tom Gray and Ben Ottewell in Brighton, England.

Ball has released two solo records entitled Who Goes There (2007) and Unfold Yourself (2013). Ball and Peacock worked on the side project Operation Aloha. The experimental project designed by photographer Christopher Wray-McCann brought together 14 of his friends, living in tree houses making songs with whatever they could bring to the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Ball, Ottewell, Peacock and Pattison (engineer) created the Final Keep Me Up in 2009. They decided to record an album using only iPhones in the back lounge of the tour bus from Calais to Köln 2 May 2009. The album exists only in streaming form. Ben Ottewell has released two solo records entitled Shapes & Shadows (2011) and Rattlebag (2014).


Gómez is a common Spanish surname. The Portuguese and Old Galician is Gomes, while the Catalan form is Gomis. The name is usually spelled without the accent in the United States.

It is derived from the given name Gomes which is a loanword of the Visigothic word guma "man". It is itself related to the Common Germanic word guma (Old English guma "man", Middle English gome) / gomo (High Old German gomo "man", Middle High German gome) related to Latin homo "man".

Gomez (disambiguation)

Gómez is a Spanish surname.

Gomez may also refer to:

Gómez (given name)

Gómez is a given name which may refer to:


  • Gómez González (disambiguation)
  • Gómez Manrique (c. 1412–c. 1490), Spanish poet, soldier, politician and dramatist
  • Gomez das Mariñas, Governor of the Philippines from 1590–1593
  • Gómez Núñez (fl. 1071–1141), Galician and Portuguese political and military leader in the Kingdom of León
  • Gómez Pereira (1500–1567), Spanish philosopher, doctor and natural humanist
  • Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas (1519-1593), Spanish politician, diplomat, military officer and seventh Governor and Captain-General of the Philippines
  • Gómez Suárez de Figueroa (disambiguation)

Fictional characters:

  • Gomez Addams, patriarch of the Addams family of cartoons, a TV series, films and plays