Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Tue 12 Nov
[MUSIC ~ AUS]
Even after 20 years, Gomez continues to break new grounds with their ecstatic live shows and masterpiece albums. For the 20-year anniversary of their landmark album, Liquid Skin, the band is performing around New Zealand and Australia drawing huge crowds every time.
Following the support act John Smith who was well received by the audience, Gomez performed the entire track list off Liquid Skin, and for the encore, the band performed crowd favourites Detroit Swing 66, Make No Sound, Get Myself Arrested, Get Miles and Whippin’ Piccadilly. Hearing the songs performed live was an invigorating experience as Ben and Ian sang over the thrashing instrumentation and boldly infectious rhythms.
The band played their songs with dynamic and hard-hitting spirit. Each live rendition of their songs was a lot harder and funkier, which was a real treat to hear for all of the fans in attendance. Some of the songs were even more stylish than their studio versions – the live rendition of Bring It On was more electronic themed with the synthesised beginning, Blue Moon Rising was a lot slower with a more psychedelic feel than the smooth jazz vibe from its recorded version and the final song, Whippin’ Piccadilly, was a lot faster with a real ‘get up and go’ vibe which instantly got the crowd going.
Performance wise, the band showed that they are not just musicians but, indeed, showmen. Both Ben and Ian sang beautifully with such enthusiastic liveliness. The chemistry between the two was also perfect as Ben’s deep, raspy crooning crossed with Ian’s soft delivery made for an entertaining night. The drum led rhythms were also a real highlight as it added more energy to the songs, giving them extra kick (no pun intended). The musicianship of the band was also a key factor of their performance – Ben and Ian were obviously having lots of fun with each other as they sung together as well as made witty banter in between songs between one another.
The concert was phenomenal in every sense of the word. The band’s performances were stellar, the atmosphere was beautiful and the entire crowd was singing along with every song, making the whole experience a night to remember. After 20 years, the band still has that golden spark that shines on to this day. This show alone serves as a reason as to why Gomez are indie rock legends.
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