Bring It On is the debut album by English band Gomez.
Gomez entered the recording studios in late 1997 to turn their demos into an album. As well, Gomez toured the UK with Embrace. Their first single "78 Stone Wobble" was released in March 1998 with their debut album Bring It On coming out a month later. The album received a good critical response from both sides of the Atlantic with Spin calling it a "damn beautiful album". Sales in the UK really took off when it won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album beating the favourites Massive Attack's Mezzanine and The Verve's Urban Hymns. "Get Myself Arrested" and "Whippin' Piccadilly" were later released as singles. While Gomez toured the US as the support artist for Eagle Eye Cherry, Bring It On is the only Gomez album so far not to make the US charts although the album did make the Australian album charts. "Bring It On" is also the name of a song on Gomez's following album, Liquid Skin.
A 10th anniversary 2cd edition was released in 2008.
In early 2009, Gomez played a small number of shows in Australia that celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bring It On. At these shows, the album was performed in its entirety. They also did this during their festival tours in 2008.
All tracks written and performed by Ball/Blackburn/Gray/Ottewell/Peacock.
*Mat Quinton - Tuba on "Get Miles"
*Ian Bracken - Cello on "Make No Sound"
*Susie Wright - Saxophone on "78 Stone Wobble"
*Steve Fellows - Fuzz Guitar on "Love Is Better Than A Warm Trombone"
UK singles with release dates and peak positions in the singles chart:
*"78 Stone Wobble" (30 March 1998) – #44
*"Get Myself Arrested" (1 June 1998) – #45
*"Whippin' Piccadilly" (31 August 1998) – #35This text has been derived from Bring It On (Gomez album) on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
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 is distinguished for having three singers and four songwriters, employing traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound is versatile and evades typical music genres falling into blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental.
Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998, giving them much media attention in the UK and throughout the world. 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 business and shocked by huge setbacks they kept experiencing, 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.
Currently the band are split between the UK and US with Ian Ball residing in Los Angeles, Olly Peacock in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Paul Blackburn, Tom Gray and Ben Ottewell in Brighton, England.
Ian Ball released a solo record in 2007 entitled Who Goes There.
Ian Ball and Olly 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.
Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, Olly Peacock and Graham 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 May 2, 2009. The album exists only in streaming form.
Guitarist and vocalist Ian Ball and drummer Olly Peacock had been friends for as long as anyone can remember, playing in a 3 piece band from 14–18 years old. They met bassist Paul Blackburn and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gray who had grown up two doors down from Peacock, at College. Finally, Ian Ball met vocalist/guitarist; Ben Ottewell from Matlock Bath in Derbyshire at Sheffield University.
The band played their first gig together in 1996 in Leeds at the Hyde Park Social Club on Ash Grove without a formal name. The band left a sign out which read "Gomez in here" for a friend of theirs whose surname was Gomez to indicate that it was the site of their first gig. People saw the sign and assumed that the band's name was Gomez - the name stuck.
The band started recording four-track demos in Peacock's father's garage in Southport summer of '96. The demos were handed to Steve Fellows (later manager/Comsat Angels) who distributed them to four initial record labels. A bidding war erupted immediately with labels in the US trying to sign them too. The band were so inexperienced (only having one show under their belt) they decided against playing showcases in London and instead made the record companies travel to Red Tape rehearsal studios. After several weeks of playing to over 25 labels, the band finally signed to Hut records (Virgin Records), in September, 1997.
Bring It On
After signing to Hut records in September '97, the band and label decided to turn the garage demos into a full album. They entered Parr Street Studios with engineer Ken Nelson (later Badly Drawn Boy, Coldplay) recording new songs and improving the mixes of the demos, with the band self producing.
With zero expectation the album went Platinum and beyond. A season of English Festivals (including two performances at Glastonbury) bolstered their reputation, along with constant radio and television support. The band's successful year was crowned when they won the Mercury Music Prize in September 1998. Other nominees included Massive Attack – Mezzanine, Pulp – This Is Hardcore, The Verve – Urban Hymns.
The band's second album, Liquid Skin, was released in 1999, lending Gomez further success on the British and Australian album charts, as well as making the Billboard Heatseeker chart for the first time. After winning the Mercury Prize the band went back to Parr Street Studios pressing on with recording as much material as they could between tours. Ken Nelson engineered once again and the band self produced. The album went Platinum and extensive touring followed, highlighted with a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival on the second stage to a record number of people. The album was number 1 in the UK midweek charts but was derailed by Shania Twain for the top position.
In Our Gun
The group's third album, In Our Gun, was released in 2002. It made the top 10 on the UK charts as well as the top 50 on the Australian charts. The single "Shot Shot" charted in the UK top 40, the top 20 in Portugal, and the Billboard Heatseeker chart.
The band produced and recorded the record in Batsford Manor, Gloucestershire with additional recordings in the famous Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios.
Split the Difference
While Gomez's first three albums had been self-produced, the band decided to work with Tchad Blake as producer for their fourth record. Blake had previously produced albums by Tom Waits, Crowded House and Pearl Jam. The band were massive fans of his compressed sounds inherent on Los Lobos and Latin Playboys recordings.
The band had built a Studio in Portslade, just outside of Brighton, England (where most of them were residing). They worked independently for months recording working a healthy body of work, until developing what the record would be with Tchad Blake at Real World Studios.
This album reached the top 40 in the UK and Australia. The first single "Catch Me Up" entered the UK top 40 in March 2004 and "Silence" was released as the second single.
Split the Difference received a good critical response, with Allmusic rating it as four and a half stars out of five and BBC Internet Music Reviews describing it as "one of the finest releases of the year so far. If you were one of those people who wrote them off two years ago, it's time to get listening again."
However, unfortunately for Gomez, Virgin/EMI closed down Hut Recordings and, having had such a strong bond to their friends at the label, asked to be released from their contract. Virgin begrudgingly agreed.
How We Operate
The Gomez studio album How We Operate was released on 2 May 2006. This is the first record the band did not produce themselves, letting Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies) take the reins. The record was developed in the band's Studio and later recorded in 6 weeks at RAK Studios, London.
The album's title track was featured in the Grey's Anatomy episode "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response". On 14 February 2006 their song "Get Miles" was featured in the House episode "Distractions", and on 6 March 2007 their song "See the World" was featured in the House episode "Half-Wit". "See the World" was also featured in the "Bones" episode "Widow's Son In the Windshield".
They were also one of the many bands featured on a John Lennon Tribute aired on BBC Radio2 to mark the 25th anniversary of the singer's death. Gomez performed "Hey Bulldog" by The Beatles, and "Instant Karma!" by Lennon.
"How We Operate" is also the ending song to the 2007 remake of the horror film The Hitcher, and as the title music for the pilot episode of The Riches.
A New Tide
Marked a return to the always-freewheeling British band's more experimental roots, with songs like "Win Park Slope" and "Airstream Driver" evincing a spirit born of imagination and a longstanding collaborative relationship.
With this album, the band were careful to create a collection of songs that would stand up well at live gigs.
With the band members now scattered across two continents, from Brooklyn to Brighton, England, early tracks were written and recorded individually and then merged online. The process allowed for an open and adaptive songwriting approach, the material taking on its ultimate shape when Gomez officially convened in studios in Chicago and Charlottesville, VA, with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, Counting Crows).
As ever, a wide range of styles is incorporated into Gomez's matchless musical brew. Flavors of blues, psychedelia, and Krautrock all come into play, resulting in a musically mischievous and remarkably forward-thinking collection. The record also sees Gomez accompanied by a number of illustrious guest musicians, including vocalist Amy Millan (of Stars/Broken Social Scene), bassist Josh Abrams (The Roots, Sam Prekop, Godspeed You Black Emperor!), cellist Oliver Krauss (Tom McRae, David Gray, Paul Weller, Beth Orton), and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie of Brooklyn's world renowned Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.
In 1998, Philips Electronics chose Gomez to cover The Beatles song Getting Better for a $100 million ad campaign for Philips new lines of flat panel and high-definition television sets. The cover song was not released on an album until 2000 with Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline.
A collection of B-sides and rarities, Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline, was released in 2000.
In 2005, Gomez signed a new deal with Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) ATO Records. Under a new label, the band released their first live album, Out West in June 2005. The double disc CD was compiled from shows recorded at San Francisco's famous Fillmore Theater in January 2005.
In January 2006 the band performed on Jam Cruise before returning to the studio to put the final touches on How We Operate. After playing the SxSW music festival in Austin, Tom, Ian and Ben debuted material from the upcoming release in several U.S. cities. The band's 2006 spring tour included stops in Asheville NC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco, and Portland, OR. They also performed at several large outdoor festivals, including stops at the Beale Street and Bonnaroo Festivals in Tennessee, the Jazzfest in New Orleans and Sasquatch Festival in George, WA.
A collection of A-side and B-sides and rarities titled Five Men in a Hut was released on 17 October 2006. The two-disc album consists of released and unreleased tracks recorded under the Hut/Virgin label from 1998-2004. A DVD with music videos and interviews from their time with Hut was also released.
In 2007, Gomez recorded a cover of The Band's hit Up On Cripple Creek for the tribute album Endless Highway: The Music of The Band. Also their song 'How We Operate' was played in the final scene of 'The Hitcher' staring Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings - Boromir) and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill - Brooke Davis).
Gomez continue to tour, including a co-headlining 2007 U.S. tour with label-mate Ben Kweller. The band toured Australia and New Zealand before heading back to the States for a second headlining leg of their U.S. tour.
On 2 March 2007, Gomez recorded a concert at the Vic Theater in Chicago, IL that was streamed via MSN Music.
Vocalist and songwriter Ian Ball released a solo project, with an album entitled Who Goes There.http
In 2008, Gomez opened up several shows for Dave Matthews Band.
On 21 December the band revealed to their mailing list that a new album entitled A New Tide will be released on 31 March in the U.S., in the UK and Europe on 30 March, and in Australia on 28 March 2009. Gomez recorded A New Tide in Chicago, and played festivals including Lollapalooza that year.
In early 2009 Dajon Everett, Ian Ball and Olly Peacock were involved in a project called Operation Aloha with 14 other musicians including members from Phantom Planet and Maroon 5. They produced an album over the course of 30 days in Maui, Hawaii. A self titled album was released on 12 May 2009.
In April 2009 the band's song "Little Pieces" was used in the 19th episode of Grey's Anatomy season 5. It played at the start of the episode and involved a montage of Alex watching Izzie sleep in hospital, as well as Callie dancing with Arizona around Callie's apartment.
In June 2009 Gomez opened for Pearl Jam on the European leg of the Backspacer Tour.
In September, 2009 their song "See The World" was featured in the motion picture I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
Ben-Ottewell.jpgthumb220pxrightBen Ottewell, Beautiful Days Festival, Devon, August 2006
* Ian Ball (vocals, guitar)
* Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitar)
* Paul Blackburn (bass)
* Tom Gray (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
* Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers)
Tom Gray.jpgthumb220pxrightTom Gray Beautiful Days Festival, Devon, Main Stage, 18 August 2006
The lineup has not changed since the band's beginning in 1996. Instrumentalist Dajon Everett is listed as a de facto member of the band on their official website.
Most Gomez songs feature more than one vocalist. The breakdown of lead vocalist on each track from How We Operate is:
* Ball: "Notice", "Hamoa Beach", "Charley Patton Songs", "Cry On Demand"
* Ottewell: "See The World", "How We Operate", "Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol", "Tear Your Love Apart", "All Too Much"
* Gray: "girlshapedlovedrug", "Woman! Man!", "Don't Make Me Laugh"
Unkle (also written as UNKLE and U.N.K.L.E.) is a British musical outfit founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. Originally categorized as trip-hop, the group once included producer DJ Shadow and has employed a variety of guest artists and producers.
First incarnation (1994–1996)
Lavelle and Goldsworthy were joined by Masayuki Kudo and Toshio Nakanishi of the Japanese hip hop crew Major Force (later Major Force West). They also brought on board a host of collaborating artists, including Money Mark (keyboard player for the Beastie Boys), the Scratch Perverts and Japanese clothes designer Nigo and Takagi Kan (both also of Major Force). Their first release in 1994 was the EP The Time Has Come, on Lavelle's recording label Mo' Wax.
In 1995, while working on their debut album, Lavelle and Goldsworthy disagreed over the direction the music was taking. Goldsworthy wanted to continue with the Mo' Wax house style of earlier tracks, while Lavelle wanted to bring in singers, hip hop and rock artists. Goldsworthy left the group and went on to work with Belfast DJ and producer David Holmes and also co-founded The DFA with James Murphy.
From these early sessions, Berry Meditation and several tracks with Money Mark and Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr. were subsequently released as singles, and several without Lavelle surfaced on the album Major Force West in 1997. In early 1998 three exclusive Japanese EPs were released, Last Orgy 3, marking the last of the early Unkle material to surface.
Second incarnation (1997–1999)
Lavelle drafted in DJ Shadow to work on the debut album, and essentially discarded all previously recorded material. Lavelle and Shadow released Psyence Fiction in 1998 to critical acclaim. The album included collaborations with an all-star lineup including Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Mike D (Beastie Boys), Kool G. Rap, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft (The Verve).
Shadow left the group after touring Psyence Fiction and was replaced by turntablist group the Scratch Perverts, who deconstructed the album and performed it live on turntables in 1999. Also in 1999, former producer Richard File remixed the track "Unreal", adding vocals by Ian Brown, and the resulting track was released as the single "Be There".
On February 1st 1999, Lavelle and the Scratch Perverts appeared on the Radio 1 program The Breezeblock, utilising "5 turntables". The set was largely based around tracks from Psyence Fiction, with some of them reworked live by Lavelle for the live performance. The Scratch Perverts' contribution consisted of scratching over the top of the U.N.K.L.E. tracks, a deconstructed version of 'Be There', and some solo interludes.
Third incarnation (2000–2007)
In 2001, Lavelle and File resurfaced as Unklesounds, with a DJ mix created for Japanese radio entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats? This highlighted a new, more electronic direction the group had taken, and featured a number of tracks from Psyence Fiction, remixed in an ambient style.
Richard File co-produced, played and sang on the second album, Never, Never, Land, released in 2003. The album again featured a number of high-profile contributors, including Ian Brown, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Mani (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream) among others.
Lavelle and File continued releasing mixes as Unklesounds. The mix album Edit Music for a Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Reconstruction, featuring movie samples and tracks from film soundtracks, was created for the After Dark 2004 event at the ICA London. A single CD version was handed out at the event, and it was released officially as an extended two disc set in 2005.
In September 2006, Global Underground released Self Defence: Never, Never, Land Reconstructed and Bonus Beats, a CD box set of remixes and bonus tracks from the Never, Never, Land sessions, including tracks previously only available on the original DVD release of the album. It also contained remixes of a track mooted for their next album, featuring Ian Astbury of The Cult, titled "Burn My Shadow".
War Stories, the third album from Unkle, was released in summer 2007. The album again featured a number of guests including Josh Homme, Gavin Clark, Robert Del Naja, Ian Astbury, The Duke Spirit, Autolux and Neil Davidge. Following the release of the single "Hold My Hand", Pablo Clements (of The Psychonauts) became an Unkle member.
Fourth incarnation (2008–Present)
In January 2008 Unkle released More Stories, containing a mix of B-sides, remixes, unreleased War Stories session tracks, and music composed for the film Odyssey In Rome. The same month, Richard File announced he was leaving Unkle after 10 years' collaboration to pursue work with his new band, We Fell to Earth.
In March the Lazarides Gallery in London showcased War Paint, an exhibition of artworks inspired by the recent Unkle album War Stories, with works from Robert Del Naja, Warren du Preez, Nick Thornton Jones, Will Bankhead and Ben Drury.
Unkle began touring the UK with Zoot Woman and Sebastian and Mr. Flash from Ed Banger Records. The concert, set across four acts, featured live performances from past Unkle contributors including Badly Drawn Boy, Liela Moss from The Duke Spirit, Gavin Clark and Joel Cadbury from South.
Unkle's fourth full album titled End Titles... Stories for Film was released in July 2008. It includes collaborations from Chris Goss, Black Mountain, Philip Sheppard, Dave Bateman, Joel Cadbury, and James Griffith (Lake Trout). The album is described in the sleeve notes by Lavelle as "not a new album in the usual sense, but new music that has been inspired by the moving image." As such, it can be considered a companion piece both to War Stories but also to the earlier Unklesounds mix, Edit Music for a Film.
December 15, 2008, saw the release of “End Titles… Redux” (limited to 3000 CDs from official UNKLE stores and digitally from the 14th of December). This release features seven re-interpreted tracks from the album ‘End Titles… Stories For Film’ plus 2 never before released tracks “When Once It Was” and “A Perfect Storm”. The exclusive package is a 6 panel soft-pack with a 12 page booklet with images by Robert Del Naja.
Upon the release of the single Heavy Drug (Surrender Sounds Mix) in August 2009, Unkle disclosed they had already begun recording their next studio album, Where Did the Night Fall, which was released in May 2010. This also included an all-star cast of performers including: Mark Lanegan, The Black Angels, Sleepy Sun, and Katrina Ford. As well as ELLE J and Gavin Clark. The album is also available as a digital download from UNKLE's site.
*2008 Unkle Live – UK Tour Stories
*2008 Creamfields Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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