A gig for the real fans

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WEDNESDAY EXTRA -

cel­e­brate 15 years of live shows, English indie-rock band Gomez are let­ting their fans choose the setlist for their Quincenera tour. With seven al­bums’ worth of tracks to choose from, Gold Coast fans have the chance to hear their favourite Gomez songs by vot­ing for their five top picks on­line. Gomez will ser­e­nade Coolan­gatta Ho­tel with the songs that re­ceive the most votes. Singer and gui­tarist Ian Ball says the re­sult for most cities is a hit-filled set. ‘‘It’s kind of in­ter­est­ing, I can guess what peo­ple are go­ing to pick,’’ he says. ‘‘You find that most nights the top 10 choices are ex­actly the same, they are the straight up sin­gles. I was sur­prised at that. But look­ing over the list some nights, there are songs we haven’t played for­ever, songs we for­got we wrote. We play all the songs that peo­ple want to hear.’’ Dis­tin­guished by hav­ing three singers and four song­writ­ers, the five-piece are based across the UK and US, which means mak­ing new mu­sic is like a ‘‘long dis­tance writ­ing re­la­tion­ship’’. ‘‘It makes it dif­fi­cult be­ing apart. We haven’t had time to go into a stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment for a while,’’ Ball says. ‘‘A new record will most likely start out with email­ing songs. We had so much fun do­ing that will the last al­bum, it was a blast. By the time we got to­gether, we were very ef­fi­cient. There was no hang­ing around the stu­dio toss­ing up ideas, we knew what we were do­ing.’’ Gomez first toured Aus­tralia in 2000 and have been back sev­eral times to cel­e­brate new re­leases. This time, Ball says they look for­ward to go­ing ‘‘off the beaten track’’. ‘‘We are play­ing gigs in Cairns, Townsville and Dar­win, which is pretty cool, none of us have been there and we are all keen to see what they are like,’’ he says. ‘‘The only prob­lem is mas­sive dis­tances, so we don’t get to do much sight­see­ing – other than the gig and the air­port.’’

Gomez play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Satur­day night. Visit gomezthe­band.com to sug­gest songs for the setlist.

British band Gomez are tak­ing fan re­quests on their Quincenera tour.

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