Gomez are a British band from Southport. Their first album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. The band played their first gig together in late 1996 in Leeds, without a formal name. The band left a sign out for a friend of theirs named Gomez to indicate that this was the site of their first gig. People saw the sign and assumed that the band's name was Gomez - the name stuck.
The group released their seventh studio album, Whatever's On Your Mind, in June, 2011.
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Gomez entered the recording studio in 1997 to turn their demos into a full-length album. In April 1998, their debut album, Bring It On, was released receiving excellent critical response from both sides of the Atlantic, with Spin Magazine calling it a "damn beautiful album". Sales of the album in the United Kingdom were bolstered when Bring It On won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album, beating out favorites such as Massive Attack's Mezzanine and the Verve's Urban Hymns. "Get Myself Arrested" and "Whippin' Piccadilly" were later released as singles, while Gomez toured the United States with Eagle-Eye Cherry. Despite the critical acclaim, however, Bring It On is thus far the only Gomez album not to find a place on U.S. album charts.