Gomez, from across the pond, with Matt Pond, PA
By
J. Gordon
11/5/2006 11:08:30 PM

Hailing from the UK, the alternative critical darlings, Gomez, his St. Louis’ Mississippi Nights this October with style, humor, and a little bit of schizophrenia.

With three, count ‘em, three front men, the sound of this band changes with each vocal lead. One minute, they’re a My Morning Jacket jam band. The next, they’re quirky-cute Herman’s Hermits, and the next, the ultra-hip shoegazers, Stone Roses. Between onstage ballgame reports (it was World Series week and the St. Louis Cardinals were on everyone’s mind): ”News from the dressing room is the Mets are out!”, the show was a mix of psychedelia, ballads, groove and the occasional solo performance.

Two drummers are another thing that differentiates Gomez from the norm—it’s something you don’t see a lot of and a virtual guarantee of core-shaking power and lots of moving feet.

“What is this ‘Show-Me’ thing, St. Louis? The ‘Show-Me State? Is it about flashers?” asked the Stone Roses-ish lead singer.

Gomez played to a full, if not sold-out house that may have been there in part for the lesser-known indie uber talents, Matt Pond PA. With to die-for lyrics, strings and lilting, gentle heartbreak melodies, we wish we’d caught their full set. In any case, this is a band to watch.

 

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