Now in its 20th anniversary year, Bring It On, the platinum-selling debut album by Gomez sounds not of its time, but ahead of it. Its echoes can be found in so much of the music that followed, paving the way for indie and roots music with lo-fi electronics, and influencing artists as diverse as Alt-J, Everything Everything and Elbow. The record went on to win 1998’s Mercury Music Prize, beating Pulp, Massive Attack, Cornershop and The Verve, with the judges describing it as “an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock, and eerie power”.
While this revolutionary debut remains their best-known work, it was only the starting point for a spectacular international career, which has seen Gomez build a loyal fanbase around the globe. Meanwhile, in the UK, their current 20th-anniversary tour of Bring It On has sold out many major venues in just a few hours, including the Royal Albert Hall.