|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||indie alternative rock indie rock british britpop|
This UK rock band was originally formed by four school friends from Southport, Ian Ball (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Tom Gray (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Olly Peacock (drums/percussion) and Paul Blackburn (bass). Ball and Peacocks musical background included a period spent on the local metal circuit in heavy rock band Severed. Ball met Ben Ottewell (Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England) while studying at Sheffield University, inviting the fledgling vocalist to join the band. Briefly known as Gomez, Kill, Kill The Vortex, the band began recording four-track demo tapes in a Southport garage. They attracted immediate interest when tapes from these sessions were posted to record labels, triggering a frenzied A&R scramble for their signatures. With Stephen Fellows (ex-Comsat Angels) in position as their manager, the band signed to Virgin Records subsidiary Hut.
Gomez toured with Embrace in late 1997 and spent time in a 16-track studio...