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"Gomez" are an English band from Southport. Their first album, ''Bring It On'', won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998.

The genesis of Gomez was the meeting of four friends from Southport. Guitarist and vocalist Ian Ball and drummer Olly Peacock had previously played together in a local heavy metal band Severed. They joined with guitarist Tom Gray, vocalist / keyboardist / bassist Paul Blackburn. Ian Ball met vocalist / guitarist Ben Ottewell from Matlock Bath in Derbyshire at Sheffield University, where they were both studying.

The band played their first gig together in late 1996 in Leeds, without a formal name. The band left a sign out for a friend of theirs named Gomez to indicate that this 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 a garage in Southport soon after. A bidding war erupted when they sent the demos to recording labels, with the band finally signing with Virgin Records' subsidiary, Hut, in 1997.

Gomez entered the recording studio in 1997 to turn their demos into a full-length album. The band spent the next three mont...

years active 1996–present
origin Southport, England
music genre Indie rock
current members Ian Ball
Ben Ottewell
Tom Gray (musician)
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