March 30, 2006

TomBlog - A note on record

We've just made a different kind of gomez album: each gomez album is a different kind of gomez album. That is sort of the point of gomez. If we had a manifesto it would read something like: gomez will try really quite a bit more than somewhat to avoid doing the same thing twice. However, there have been many pitfalls in our approach. We've always felt that change is needed to avoid a kind of creative stagnation, but, as a policy, it definitely lends itself to all kinds of critical, artistic or commercial failure. We throw things out and see what sticks. C'est la vie for me.
We've just made a stylish, lyrical record. It's unlike every other gomez record and I'm incredibly proud of that. We left the bells and whistles of sound experimentation at home, and we tried hard to create a more universal kind of sound without losing our uniqueness. I really hope you all love it, indeed I'm very optimistic about that, but if you don't.... well, we'll be around making music forever and you can jump back on board somewhere else in the creative arc. There's a threadbare adage about all the people, all the time. And don't forget, don't just gomez, stay mez. (irony intended)
your friend, tom x


Blogger ocean said...

Awesome Tom, We're behind you all! This album is awesome..I for one appreciate all the different directions, that's what sets the greats apart. Look how different every Led Zeppelin was. When Zep III was released fans didn't know what to make of it...but it has stood the test of time. I for one feel Gomez has amassed one of the greatest song writing catalogues in history! As for all the experimental bells and whistles...WE EXPECT you all to add these as new dimensions to all the live shows!


12:07 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I've heard it. And I adore it.

Thank you.

1:37 PM  
Blogger teacoldwine said...

Don't read the forum Tom. It will send you mad.

Don't feel the need to justify your musical choices to the whining masses. They won't be convinced. The people who sincerely appreciate Gomez for what it is will judge the album on it's own merits.

Those "who like your old stuff better than your new stuff" will continue to moan and say you're making excuses. Just smile politely and continue making wonderful music.

2:05 PM  
Blogger laoser said...

I seem to remember Gomez getting some flak for Liquid Skin being too similar to Bring It On.

Music critics. They're never happy.

Loved Liquid Skin by the way, can't wait for the new album.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Phattmo said...

Any nay-sayers of this album are disconnected from their humanity and lost in the sad world of critical and comparative thinking. These tight little numbers posses the power to wake the walking dead. This is the year when America hears you and falls into your archives to discover home--- just like me. I will drink up this elixer 'till my dying day.

Shake my country ---please.


4:34 PM  
Blogger Fwwank said...

cheers Tom.

great show at Housing Works Tuesday night...

4:39 PM  
Blogger PJS said...

Just wondering if there has ever been anyone in Gomez called Justin? this guy came up to me today and said he had played keyboards in the band.

6:16 PM  
Blogger birdboy said...


I love that each Gomez album has a distinct personality; there is nothing for you to explain here. Do you think we want another Donald Fagen / Eric Clapton / Steve Winwood situation where a formula is discovered and driven into the ground? No way. Your lives change, your music changes. Simple as that. Stay Mez, but don't stay the same Mez...please!!

We love you guys no matter what

7:54 PM  
Blogger InLimb0 said...

Aye, you don't have to justify your artistic choices. Can't wait to see you guys live!


8:02 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Pop said...

This album is the BEST Mez album since Bring it on!!
In my humble opinion.
I think I have listened to each song 5000 times already and it kicks that large fatty deposit protecting my tail bone everytime!!

Unlike most records these days where there are a number of good songs and the rest are fillers, EVERY song on HOW WE OPERATE stands out...

Love always.. JimmyPop.x

8:13 PM  
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8:14 PM  
Blogger choona said...

long live jimmy pop!

8:15 PM  
Blogger rdesranleau said...

dear tom:

thank you so much for reading the forum

you're very brave man to do so

strong too

i personally know that nothing destroys creativity like criticism

while i was among those who wrote of pining for the earlier days of experimental bells and whistles, i will add that i am not among those with a pre-release copy

-- and that the new songs i heard performed last monday at the hiro were nothing short of sonic beauty.

i also wish to add that your voice has never sounded better

you've reached a new level, tom, congratulations!

can't wait to buy the new album!

staying mez,

10:33 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I'm not going to be one of those fans who say my favorite band is incapable of making a song that I won't like. Even The Beatles have a few songs I won't hesitate to fast forward.
But How We Operate, to me, feels like home. It's honest and feels very personal. Like you made it for yourselves, and who ever listens to it, and digs what they hear, then cool. There's not one song on this album that I don't feel belongs there. And not one song that I don't honestly love.
Even Girlshapedlovedrug grew on me. I probably sing that one to myself now more than any other song on the album.
Shit! Are we still pretending that we haven't heard the entire album yet?

12:07 AM  
Blogger Chamboosy said...

I can easily say that this will definitely be the best album I'll hear this year. Hell, probably even this decade. It's a great album. I heard girlshapedlovedrug just yesterday and cried. Needless to say, I've got about five people lined up already for me to buy the album for and get them into Gomez. I'm counting down the days til it's released and can't wait til I've listened to it so much that I'll have to buy a new copy.

4:39 AM  
Blogger Leocadia said...

(Oh! Chamboo cried, that's so cute!)

I imagine the shittiest thing about being talented and diverse is that everybody expects different things from you, and there's little hope of satisfying all of them without compromising the overall quality of the thing you want to do. So, a toast to doing, to the best of your ability, whatever you want, whenever it suits you.

I feel like a total shithead for not being crazy about HWO right away, but hey, I still love you guys, and I'll be here for the whole of the arc, I promise.

Also, nice blog title today. Very clever.

6:54 AM  
Blogger mrrockandroll said...

As long as you guys have passion for what you're creating then it will always have that Gomez 'feeling'. It doesn't matter as much what 'tone' the music takes or what 'genre' it might fit into (why do people always need to sort music into neat little descriptive categories anyway??) ... the fact that you obviously put yourselves and your souls into the music is what differentiates you from so many others. It's really all about how music feels and not so much how it sounds. Remember: Your brain thinks in words, but your soul thinks in music.

You're a very talented, intelligent and classy bunch of blokes, Mr. Gray, and you obviously see the bigger picture. I, for one, appreciate the lengths you and your mates go to in order to not get caught in a creative musical rut. Thank you for giving us such great music. I'll always be looking forward to where you'll take us next.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Tom- "we'll be around making music forever"

You have NO idea how happy that makes me.

12:23 PM  
Blogger D.E.G. said...

i'm listening to it right far so good :O)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Marie F said...

GREAT. We can't wait to hear it- your Boston fan base is alive and well and tho we are training for a marathon here and didn't make your NY gigs, we will travel for music if you don't stop here. We have ordered your CD for us and for friends!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Dawnelle said...

Tom, you rock! Your shows are amazing. Caught you at Hiro Ballroom on Monday. This CD is going to break you out BIGtime. Love the multilayered guitar riffs, love the obvious togetherness of the band, love it all! As good a time as we all have at the shows, it is obvious you are having the best time of all. All those chicks who turned you down for a date in high school are a sorry bunch now!

8:18 PM  
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8:21 PM  
Blogger Viola D said...

Tom & Jimmy - please put "don't just gomez, stay mez" on a t-shirt!!!!!!! I beg you.

9:09 PM  
Blogger marc said...

Well, I've been biting my tongue for weeks, but no longer... I don't like it. I've listened to it again and again and again and again and it doesn't grab me. The album to me is missing something that I can't place... that special "umph" that made the other albums so unique. And I'm not talking about electronics, I'm in banjo country and like the more traditional instrumentation.

I hope that with a new label you didn't comprimise artistic integrity for the pursuit of more commercial success. If the decision to go in this direction was made by the band alone then I respect that. If it was pressure from your new label then I would be worried.

That being said, there is only maybe 3 or 4 artists who I have been insanely passionate about for such a long time and Gomez is one of them. Like you said in your blog there's always future albums and those beautiful b-sides that you guys are masters of. Beck is also one of my faves, and I still can't stand MIDNITE VULTURES, but absolutely love his last two.

I look forward to catch as many shows as I can this year and if you're in Asheville long enough I'll buy you a drink!


9:04 PM  
Blogger threwshoesinbristolonce said...

Hmm, I've only heard the title track and I like it. Lots.

I was initially disappointed with 'Split The Difference' but it quickly became one of those albums that I shall forever return to( it being brilliant as well as soundtracking the death of and my recovery from a very long relationship). There are very few musicians or bands that I feel can have such a strong personal resonance with me.

I will always love Gomez simply because of the sincerity. Seeing you live feels like seeing how I would like to be if I were in a band. The pure enjoyment and seeming lack of ego is so refreshing. Less a band, more a collective of ludicrously good friends.

In short, in response to what teacoldwine said, what makes Gomez so special is that one or other of you would feel a need to explain (not necessarily justify) your music. It is about the music (not the money) and you care.

Even if HWO turns out to be the first Gomez album that I don't love, I hope it brings all the success that you lot deserve for years of plugging away and trying to stay true to yourselves.

6:03 AM  
Blogger threwshoesinbristolonce said...

Oh, and if there's a strong lyrical focus on this one, it'll probably become my new favourite.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Draught Al said...

While I will always be disappointed that that Split the Difference wasn't In Our Gun Mk II, this time with extra electronic bells, whistles, introspection and sillyness I appreciate the album, especially after repeated listenings and can understand how it fits into the Gomez "cosmology" as it were.

Having just listened to the first single from HWO. All I can say is: "Classic Gomez", everything I love about Gomez is in that song, the wistfulness, the fact that it's two songs stiched together, that it's spectacularaly radio unfriendly (both in length and delicate sounds), that it still has those joyous unexpected twists. Yet at the same time it does sound different, it isn't "Yet anothe Gomez Ballad" (TM).


7:46 AM  
Blogger Darth Brownfinger said...

Thanks Tom,

You know no-one would even bother criticising the new sound if they didn't love you guys to bits? It's just because you're an important part of our lives.

It's not the album I wanted to hear from you guys but don't apologise to anyone for that - you do whatever you need/want to do. I'll pick you back up when the funk returns.

I don't ever want to see you nude. I hope you can understand that.

7:43 AM  
Blogger thursday said...

I love passionately all the music your creative spirits can get out to me... To me, your virsatility is what makes y'all so fabulous and sexy.

And if anyone, ever, has any doubts about any album, I say go see the show and you'll never question again!

Do what you want to do, boys! We love it!

12:29 AM  
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12:30 AM  

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