Live Review and Photos: Gomez and Hey Rosetta! at the Belly Up, February 21, 2012

Photos by Sylvia Borgo

English indie-rock band Gomez brought life to Solana Beach on Tuesday night.

Canada’s Hey Rosetta! started the evening with an amazing six-song set culled from their latest album, Seeds. The group’s multi-layered sound integrated many different musical influences, including The Beatles, Radiohead, and Arcade Fire. The seamless combination of traditional rock instruments with a string section really showcased the band members’ talents.

After a 45-minute break (seemingly due to technical difficulties), the headliners took the stage. Everyone roared to life as Gomez came out to a big-band intro, then launched into the aptly chosen “California.” The crowd didn’t stop moving for the rest of the night, with some people showing off their awkward and uncomfortable (but enthusiastic) dancing skills.

Drummer Olly Peacock laid down some rhythmic beats as Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, and Tom Gray rotated vocal duties throughout the set. Though Gomez didn’t play with some of the live energy that they used to, their musicianship proves why they have been such a staying power after so many years.

Gomez celebrated the 15-year anniversary of their highly successful debut album, Bring It On, by allowing fans to vote online for the 10-song setlist that would conclude their Belly Up show. The winning songs — which included crowd favorites “Whippin’ Piccadilly,” “Tijuana Lady,” “Revolutionary Kind,” and “See the World” — elated plenty of attendees that night.

You can’t beat a night of good music, and that’s what Gomez bring whenever they come to San Diego. Thanks to a loyal following and an uncanny ability to connect with fans, there is no doubt that the band will continue to turn out good music and performances for years to come.

Photos – Gomez and Hey Rosetta! at the Belly Up – February 21, 2012

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