Gomez previewed their forthcoming EP ‘MACHISMO’ last night (April 12) at Manchester’s Apollo Theatre.
The band, who recently announced to nme.com their intention to shelve any third album for the foreseeable future, began their UK tour to a packed crowd of devotees. It was the second time they have played Manchester since the release of their second album ‘Liquid Skin’ last year.
Though the set mostly comprised of material from their first two albums, they did debut some new tracks. Before one, ‘Waster’, singer Paul ‘Blacky’ Blackburn told assured fans, “it’s a bit scary. If you feel afraid, just hold hands with the person next to you.” During another, which was untitled, he led the crowd in a round of Queen-style handclapping, and introduced it as “daft as a sausage, but we quite enjoy it.” The biggest departure from the regular Gomez sound came on the title track of ‘Machismo’, led by samples and using looped drums.
The band also dispensed with the traditional finale of ‘Tijuana Lady’ and instead returned with ‘Revolutionary Kind’ from ‘Liquid Skin’ – the first time they had played the song live in the UK.
Elsewhere in the show, the group preceded ‘California’ with an impromptu display of bullfighting, with Blacky acting as the crazed bull.
The short tour continues tonight (April 13) at Portsmouth’s Guildhall, calling in at Bristol’s Colston Hall on the 15th, and concludes the following night at London Brixton Academy.
The five track ‘Machismo EP’ is due for release on May 1 through Hut and won’t be eligible for the charts due to the number of songs. The full tracklisting is ‘Machismo’, ‘Do’s And Don’ts’, ‘Touchin’ Up’, ‘Waster’ and ‘The Dajon Song’.
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