The answer to that frequently asked question “what happened to Gomez in the last six years?” is, it turns out, “nothing”. So little had changed since they year they won the Mercury Music Prize that an intoxicated Fibbers crowd could well have thought they had travelled back to 1998. Even former Shed 7 frontman, Rick Witter, turned up at one point.
Give the band their due, they played all the fans’ favourites, including ‘Whipping Picadilly’ and ‘We Haven’t Turned Around’ and this was certainly a gig to feed that second nostalgia stomach that we all grow at the end of sixth form, even if Pat Sharpe DJing at Fresh also provides that sort of sustenance.
That night they looked like a renegade band of IT consultants having just been shown the joys of marijuana by a sort of corrupt Mary Poppins. However, give an IT consultant a guitar and a mic he’ll play Bon Jovi, but give Gomez a guitar and mic and they’ll give you a great performance.