Gomez at Hop Farm 2012

June 29, 2012

Gomez seem remarkably laid-back. Obviously you’d expect that from a band that won the Mercury Prize with their debut album and have been critically applauded ever since, but it’s still nice to see nonetheless. There’s enough quality at the front to impress you, enough going on at the back to keep it interesting.

Early on in the set they began picking on members of the crowd who were sitting down. I was lying down during all this so I was definitely excused.

Gentle breeze blowing songs turned naturally into energetic psychadelic jams without any obvious transitional moment. It got quite tribal at one point, so I stood up.

As the rain began to fall, people joined me. The dancing really started when Get Miles kicked in, a balls out rocker with a toy keyboard. This was written BEFORE it was cool to include children’s toys in your band’s instrumentation.

They began enthusiastically BULLYING people to start dancing for Whippin’ Piccadilly. Given that it’s one of the best English songs of the late 90s, I’d say they had every right to do so.

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